About the conference

About the conference

25-27 may 2019

The conference is aimed at psychologists, psychotherapists, body psychotherapists, physicians, athletes and people seeking alternative therapies. Speakers with many years’ experience of working with clients will tell us about the influence the mind has on the body.  Methods of working with the body in the psychological context will be presented. We will have the pleasure of working with outstanding specialists from the USA, the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Denmark and, of course, from Poland.

All lectures will be translated into Polish, while lectures in Polish will be translated for foreigners into English (simultaneous interpretation).

Lectures are planned for the first day, with a lot of practice on the second day. Workshop registration will be organised on the first come first served basis.

In order to be rational, the mind must be rooted in the emotional signals sent by the body.

Antonio Damasio


Over the last 20 years, a great revolution has been taking place in psychotherapy, triggered by the development of brain imaging techniques. Psychologists and physicians can no longer deny that the health of our bodies depends on the psyche, and the healing of the psyche is possible through insight into the body and emotions. Treating the body in isolation from psychological experiences results in addiction to pharmacology, deprives us of freedom and limits the potential we have. Therefore, we would like to invite you to get acquainted with the extraordinary methods which give us back the responsibility for our health and a chance for healthier, easier and more fulfilled life.

Dorota Hołówka
President of Stowarzyszenie Nowa Psychologia (New Psychology Association).

Dorota Hołówka President of the Nowa Psychologia Association

Levels of insight

Lecture and workshop presents MARIANNA BENTZEN

Most psychotherapy systems are built to help people change by getting new insights about themselves and their relationships. In fact, conscious personality change can only happen through discoveries, insights and decisions.

So, what do we do when…

  • the client isn’t having any new discoveries or insights?
  • the client somehow can’t use discoveries and insights to change …
  • or even remember the ones that seemed so important a day or a week ago?

 In this lecture, Marianne will outline the three basic levels of insight and how to recognize them. She will describe how these skills develop in childhood and use this developmental model to point to the most useful methods and frames for psychotherapy – and for our own weaknesses!


RT – Resource Therapy

Lecture and workshop presents RACHPORN SANGKASAAD TAAL

Resource Therapy (RT) has been developed by Professor Gordon Emmerson. The origins of RT comes from Ego State Therapy (EST) which has been developed by Professor J.G. Watkins and H. Watkins.
RT an efficient psychotherapeutic approach based on the premise that our personality is not one homogenous whole but is composed of a number of parts. These parts are termed Resources because they each have different skills and abilities. A part of you may want one thing, whilst another part of you may want something completely different. I.e. “A part of me wants to buy this car, but another part of me wants to save the money for the holiday to Australia I’ve been dreaming about.” 

Sometimes our parts do not behave in ways we would like them to behave: You might think: “I know I shouldn’t do it, but I just can’t seem to stop myself from checking the locks everyday”, or, “I can’t stop myself from eating sweets”. There are many behaviors people can find upsetting, yet cannot seem to stop from doing like smoking, alcohol addictions, workaholism and OCD behaviors are just a few from a long list.
The aim of RT seeks to bring normality to all of our parts, recognizing all parts of us as valuable resources. RT is a powerful, short-term therapy, because it insures that the personality part with the issue is the one that is Conscious and FELT in the body during therapy. RT gains access to the Sensory Experience Memories (SEM). Combining RT with bodywork supports even more a change in the sensory-motor system.
In Resource Therapy, the therapist understands that there is an underpinning cause, and that the part of us that is doing the unwanted behavior is not the cause, rather it is the part of us that is trying to protect us from feeling bad like lonely, anxious, guilty, ashamed or rejected.

RT is a respectful therapeutic theory and practice which acknowledges and validates the personality’s needs for internal and external health and harmony.

Personality parts are Resources and when a Resource becomes pathological the result is distress (Prof G. Emmerson).


The workshop presents JACEK PANSTER

Gestalt therapy treats the human being as a whole in the psychic, physical, spiritual and social dimensions. The aim of the Gestalt therapist is to create favorable conditions for the development of the personality by expanding the awareness of one’s own thoughts, feelings and desires, and to draw attention to the sensations that flow from the body. All this is happening in the real experience HERE and NOW, based on a supportive therapeutic relationship.

Difficult experiences here are an opportunity to broaden your awareness and, consequently, make changes in your life through conscious choices. Man becomes responsible for himself and his life.
The aim of the Gestalt therapist is to help the client realize their feelings and needs, discover their own possibilities and real impact on their lives.


The workshop presents AGNIESZKA KLIMEK

Focusing to naturalna umiejętność, która pozwala dotrzeć do tego co wiemy, ale co trudno wyrazić za pomocą słów czy myśli. Pozwala on temu co nieuświadomione zaistnieć w polu świadomości. Umożliwia skupienie się na tym co przeżywane, doświadczane tu i teraz bez osądzania, uprzedzeń, z empatią. Jest jedną z technik wykorzystywanych w psychoterapii skoncentrowanej na emocjach.
Focusing to kontaktowanie się ze świadomością ciała, budowanie świadomości swojego wewnętrznego doświadczenia. Jest to sposób słuchania swojego ciała, wczuwania się w wysyłane przez nie sygnały, dostrzegania tego jak ciało „się czuje” i rozmawiania z odczuciami odbieranymi z ciała.   Założeniem focusingu jest przekonanie, że „ciało zna odpowiedź”. Pozwala on dotrzeć do tego, co w danej chwili domaga się naszej uwagi, tego co stoi pomiędzy nami a dobrym samopoczuciem. Nie poprzez myśli, przekonania, oceny ale poprzez całościowe, bezpośrednie, cielesne doświadczenie danego problemu, sytuacji. Pomaga lepiej zrozumieć sytuację, w jakiej się znajdujemy, dotrzeć do potrzeb i je zaspokoić, realizować swoje życiowe cele.


The workshop presents ADA STOLARCZYK

TRE® is an innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. The exercises safely activate a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. When this muscular shaking/vibrating mechanism is activated in a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return back to a state of balance.

Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (or TRE®) is based on the fundamental idea, backed by research, that stress, tension and trauma is both psychological and physical. TRE®’s reflexive muscle vibrations generally feel pleasant and soothing.  After doing TRE®, many people report feelings of peace and well-being. TRE® has helped many thousands of people globally.

TRE® is designed to be a self-help tool that, once learned, can be used independently as needed throughout one’s life, thereby continuously supporting and promoting personal health and wellness.


The workshop will presents AGNIESZKA SUT

Biodanza as a response to the most important human needs in the world of virtuous chaos.

A movement full of expression that is created from an archetypal gesture. The music that accompanies him and the meetings between the participants of the classes that create the emotion, are the elements that use the Biodanzy method to introduce the participant to the process evoked by positive ecofactors. Lack of the possibility of verbalization during the class introduces into the state of emotional intensity, which looks for forms of expression through movement.

According to the theoretical model developed by the creator of Biodanzy, prof. Rolando Toro, a psychologist and Cilean anthropologist, a man to feel a part of life (a condition indispensable to maintaining the homeostasis of the organism), needs him to create conditions to express the genetic potential with which he came into the world. To give him the conditions to meet human needs.

Biodanza creates a space in which to stimulate vitality and the feeling that I live. Emotionality and the need to belong to the community, contact with other people. Creativity in life and finding solutions. Pleasure. A sense of emotion in the body and the ability to recognize them. Transcendencyjność.

Biodanza is an international method, with many scientific publications on its effect on health.


Lecture presents WOLFGANG BRANDT


For many people the body mind split is happening early in their development. In Bodynamic theory, the Ego development starts already before birth, with the Body Ego. In our clients and in our culture we can find often a stagnation in the further development of the Body Ego, leading to an experience of the body as being an object. This alters our perception of the world and our self. The Bodynamic tool of the Bodyknot can help us, to reconnect with the Body Ego and develop it further to a mature Sensing Self, in which we find back to a unity of body and mind. Next to the theory and case extracts, I will give chance to experience the Sensing Self.

DMT – Dance Movement Therapy

Lecture and workshop presents IZABELA GUZEK

Dance therapy is based on the use of movement as a process that increases physical, mental and spiritual integration of people. The basic elements of dance – movement and rhythm become the way to achieve harmony of body and mind, make it easier to get to know yourself and your emotions, as well as communicate with other people.


Lecture and workshop presents GRZEGORZ PAWŁOWSKI

During the lecture you will realize what breath is and how important it is in therapy, personal development and self-realization. Breath is our first major life fuel. It is the foundation of the pyramid of healthy life. It has an anti-stress effect. Freed breathing is also an effective natural tool for shaping life, passing challenges and life turns. By its very nature, it has many therapeutic properties. Breath helps you quickly touch the nature of the problems that trouble us and find effective solutions. Enables efficient contact with the emotional and physical sphere, transforms – often it is the fastest way to solve the challenges we face. The effects are quickly translated into everyday life. You will experience and practically discover 4 valuable breathing techniques for the 4 spheres of our lives.


The workshop will present ANNA ZUBRZYCKI

Mindfulness is the art of conscious life, through systematic observation and exploration of the nature of one’s own mind. Mindfulness is defined as drawing attention to the present moment through the experience of a given moment in a non-judgmental and accepting manner. Thanks to the training and the set of techniques, we slowly develop and develop a sense of conscious body and mind. A key aspect in mindfulness training is the attitude of benevolence, which supports the process of self-discovery and thanks to that it also enables one to open up to others. The lecture will contain the latest research results as well as areas for practical application of this approach.

Referral of the unacceptable, accepting attention to the current experience leads to better contact with your body and mind, enables a fuller and deeper understanding of yourself.

The observation itself based on mindfulness triggers self-regulating processes of our body, which can result, among others, in the reduction of physical and mental symptoms of stress. In addition, the calm, rhythmic, deep breath that accompanies the practice of mindfulness can reduce stress through a stabilizing, positive effect on the functioning of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.


The workshop will present JACEK PASZKOWSKI

The Feldenkrais method, commonly referred to as Feldenkrais, is a system of somatic education developed by Moshe Feldenkrais (1904 – 1984), which uses the movement to develop self-awareness and improve functioning. At the core of Feldenkrais’ Method is the assumption that the development of kinesthetic self-awareness (that is connected with body movement, body position relative to oneself, the degree of muscle tension), increased motor repertoire and development of motor potential and the discovery of easy, light and pleasant movement leads to improved well-being, increased well-being and reducing pain. The Feldenkrais method is an experimental method (that is, to benefit from it, you have to experience it on yourself, not watch or read about it), providing tools for self-observation, increasing awareness and ways to modify movement and action in general and to improve the learning process.
Moshe Feldenkrais claimed that it is healthier to learn than to be a patient. The method teaches new efficient movement patterns that are an alternative to habitual movement patterns. New neurological patterns and improvement of well-being may have (and often have) therapeutic effects.
Moshe Feldenkrais claimed that finding an easier and more pleasant movement can contribute to improving the quality of life and have an impact on intellectual and emotional functioning. He took it as follows: what I am striving for is a more plastic mind, not just a flexible body.
Feldenkrais drew on the wealth of fields he was most devoted to, namely physics, engineering and judo, as well as the teachings of such teachers as F.M. Alexander, Heinrich Jacoby, Mabel Todd, Gerda Alexander, G.I. Gurdżiejew, Elsa Gindler and many others.


The workshop will present ELIZA KUROWSKA

The One Brain® method is a modern, fast and permanent results system of therapeutic work with emotional difficulties in adults, adolescents and children.

Based on neurobiology, he uses the latest scientific findings about the functioning of the human brain, while representing a holistic approach to the body, mind and emotions.

OneBrain® system allows to restore, disturbed by stressful experiences, balance and communication between the cerebral hemispheres and further in the entire nervous system of the body.

One Brain® shows high effectiveness in reducing stress and therapy of emotional disorders and disorders: depression, anxiety, insomnia, autoaggression, obsessions, phobias, mania, bulimia, anorexia, post-traumatic stress disorder and many others.

It allows to radically change the mood and “stand on the feet” of people experiencing difficulties related to divorce, illness of their own or a loved one, after experiencing violence or mobbing.

Thanks to OneBrain®, it becomes possible to overcome the difficulties that until now could be insurmountable, such as continuous postponing important matters for later, maintaining the diet, jitters, unwanted outbursts of anger or problems in relationships.