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The Gestalt Centre London

15-23 Saint Pancras Way



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An experiential workshop for practicing executive coaches, facilitators and consultants

Mr Duffy lived a short distance from his body’ James Joyce

‘I cannot hear what you are saying because of the thunder of your actions’ Old Zulu saying

More than ever before in today’s business climate, managers and leaders need to demonstrate a range of skills, behaviours and characteristics far beyond simply intellectual prowess.

Amongst other things, they may be required to be impactful, collaborative, emotionally intelligent, diplomatic, intuitive, responsive, motivational, authentic, courageous and importantly, doing all this whilst not breaking down!

And all these characteristics are vested significantly in the leader's body as well as his mind. Specifically, they are integrated Somatic Cognitive qualities requiring significant Somatic awareness and development as well as Cognitive skills.

This can be challenging work for leaders, who have often been historically successful largely because of a technical/intellectual expertise.

And therefore as coaches seeking to support the development of clients in these areas, we also need to have a deep Somatic Cognitive awareness both of our own process in this regard and also of how to intervene and work with our clients at this level safely and effectively.

This updated popular 2 day Introductory Workshop will explain and explore how we can work with and integrate cognition AND the rich source of data of our broader, lived bodily experience emotions, feelings, tensions, posture etc in order to support better thinking, better acting, better relating and more sustainable change in our clients (and ourselves).

It will include lots of practice, elements of the theory behind the practice, some of the recent exciting neuroscience research underpinning the work and case histories.


Day 1: 09.30 - 17.00

Day 2: 09.00 - 16.30

What is included?

The 2-day workshop fee includes refreshments and lunch.

Key outcomes of the Workshop:

  • Greater awareness of how our own embodied experience can inform us about what’s going with ourselves, our client and also the wider group and system
  • Specific Somatic Cognitive coaching skills, facilitation techniques and interventions
  • An ability to create deeper, sustainable, embodied changes with ourselves and clients and teams
  • How to be more fully present with our clients
  • A peer group of coaches working in this way

This experiential workshop will cover:

  • Developing our ability to notice our own and others Somatic Cognitive processes
  • How to gain permission to work in this way from our executive and business clients
  • How our body (or our client's body) often holds onto old, unresourceful patterning, frequently outside of conscious awareness and how to begin to change this.
  • How our embodied experience ‘brings to life’ notions of meaning, purpose, culture and creativity in individuals and organisations
  • Reading our clients 'real' communication and body language.
  • Relational and systemic somatics – how we connect somatically with individuals, groups, the wider system and world
  • How to create deeper, sustainable changes with our clients.
  • The basic morphic types and their day-to-day effect on our well-being and effectiveness
  • How to help our clients enhance their resilience and manage their stress better and also manage our own stress better.
  • The 4 basic somatic emotional types; porous, expansive, contained and defined, their implications and how to work with them.
  • Working particularly with expansive and overly defined ‘rigid’ type clients.
  • How to work effectively in creating sustainable changes with commonly requested, hugely important, but abstract coaching client requirements such as ‘develop greater presence’, ‘project more gravitas’ and ‘enhanced confidence’. Classic Somatic Cognitive challenges
  • How to translate these ideas into language that is understood and accepted by our clients and generally to work with this awareness in an organisational/business context without seeming weird!

Who should attend?

This course is ideal for practicing executive coaches, facilitators or consultants (internal or external) working with individuals or groups who would like a greater insight into and understanding of Somatic Cognitive Coaching. Adjacent experience of Mindfulness, Gestalt, Bodywork etc will both enhance and be enhanced by this experience, but are not essential.

Delegates frequently report that as well as enhancing their practice, specifically in creating deeper more sustained changes in their client work, there are often significant personal benefits experienced in greater personal awareness, energy and well-being


Q: Does this require hands on work?

A: No, this isn’t necessary and is often inappropriate in a coaching context (some pure Somatic Coaching approaches do include hands-on work)

Q: Is this the same as Mindfulness?

A: No, though many Mindfulness practices are a really useful way of enhancing our Somatic Cognitive awareness and connection. Also, some elements of Somatic Cognitive practice are in essence Mindfulness practice.

Q: Does this approach work with highly intellectual, rational clients?

A: Yes. Arguably this approach is crucial for such clients, especially if they are wrestling with relational or emotional challenges (in themselves or their colleagues) which no amount of further ‘disconnected’ thinking about will solve. As Einstein said: ‘Problems created by one level of thinking cannot be solved by the same level of thinking’. Bluntly the level of ‘thinking’ required is in their bodies!

Q: Is this same as using emotional intelligence?

A: Yes and No. In as much as the common term ‘emotional intelligence’ speaks to something that is part of our broader overall somatic functioning; yes. However, ‘emotional intelligence’ is not a separate thing from our overall intelligence; our overall thinking is inextricably linked to and generated by our whole body’s state.

Q: Is there a connection to Gestalt Coaching/Psychology?

A: Yes. One of the core founders of somatic work, Wilhelm Reich, was a big influence on the development of Gestalt Psychotherapy. Coaches trained in Gestalt report that Somatic Cognitive work deepens and enhances their Gestalt practice.

Previous participants comments:

‘Excellent workshop, I now know what to do when I notice bodily shifts in my client which previously I saw and ignored’

‘I just finished writing up my notes from our 2 days and realised how much I had learned / relearned

- hopefully in an embodied manner... Anyway I just wanted to say thank you. It was brilliant’

‘Transformational for me (I appear to have a body!).. and I used the accordion ( a somatic cognitive technique) with a client the following week and it was transformational for them too. Thank you so much.’

‘I’m far more aware of myself and what I’m feeling in my facilitation work and also what’s going on in the team and more able to call it now,'

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