NSW: Body Focused Counselling Course


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Please direct all enquiries and payment to Lisa Frese

Body Focused Counselling Course 2019

A program covering five weekends, introducing and crafting Body Focused Counselling Skills for practitioners.

ADDING A BODY FOCUS TO COUNSELLING PRACTICE offers a unique opportunity to combine aspects of two streams in counselling, those that are language based and those that focus directly upon the body. Two highly experienced practitioners and course facilitators from each of these traditions, Doug Sotheren and Lisa Frese, collaborate and provide you with profound learning experiences in the relational approach to body Psychotherapy that is now gaining wide recognition.

The new emphasis arising out of recent neuroscience and trauma research has opened both the recognition and re-finding of the emotions, attachment, and the body for practitioners.

These five weekends provide an opportunity for counsellors to explore the potential for working directly with body processes, using appropriate interventions ranging through therapeutic touch, energetic focus and somatic awareness as part of their counselling work with individuals and couples.


The weekends will be in workshop format with the use of structured exercises, demonstrations, and practice of body focus skills with
other group members. There will be two highly experienced assistants supporting the group as well. 

The goal will be to develop and heighten each participant’s observation skills and responsiveness to the client at the “somatic” level and then to creatively use this awareness in body focused interventions.

The theory underlying this model, both its history and current formulation, will be provided in readings and bibliography for participants to develop outside the training weekend time. Between the weekends participants will be offered guidelines to respectfully practice their new learning in their counselling work.

Venue: Excelsia College Sydney, 69-71 Waterloo Rd, Macquarie Park

Cost: $2.200.00 (incl. GST) payable in weekend installments

2019 Dates:

  • 16/17 March,
  • 13/14 April,
  • 4/5 May,
  • 22/23 June,
  • 20/21 July

9.30am – 4.30 pm

Please contact Lisa Frese to register for the course:

  • email: LFrese55@gmail.com
  • Landline: 02 92819251
  • Mobile: 0424 566 692

A Deposit of: $150.00 secures your place in the course.


Doug Sotheren first trained as a relationship counsellor in 1970 – 1973. He has undertaken further training in Gestalt and Family Therapy. In the late 1980’s he developed an interest in body focused, or somatic models of counselling and has undertaken further training in this field. For eight years, from 1973, he operated a counselling centre in Western Sydney and was then involved in the creation of the LifeCare Counselling Service in Sydney. In 1989 he began a private practice as a Counsellor/Therapist, and human relations consultant on the NSW Central Coast. 

Doug’s experience includes over 30,000hours of counselling and thousands of hours of intensive clinical supervision and group training for counsellors and other health professionals throughout Australia. He is a Clinical Member and Registered Supervisor of the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors and a Registered Clinical Member of the Christian Counsellors Association. Doug has a B.A. in Sociology and a M.Th. with a focus on the family systems.

Lisa Frese (B.Ed.,) Counsellor and Psychotherapist, originally trained as a nurse and teacher, and completed the Somatic Psychotherapy training with the Boyesen Foundation in Europe in 1988. She has been in private practice in Sydney since 1989 and is now living and practising in Ultimo and on the Central Coast. She is a full member of PACFA. Lisa practices Somatic Psychotherapy and Counselling using Biodynamic Massage and other techniques. She works with deep levels of early trauma, abuse and neglect, putting a lot of emphasis on the therapeutic relationship. She has worked as a trainer in the course 'Therapeutic Touch and Body Process' at the Australian College of Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy with Jeff Barlow for eight years and has run the Body-Focused Counselling Course with Doug Sotheren for fourteen years.

Dr Werner Sattmann-Frese, an experienced Somatic Psychotherapist and Educator will be involved in the course by giving a Lecture

Event Properties

Event date 16-03-2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 21-07-2019 4:30 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price $2,200.00
Location Excelsia College
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