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Workshops, lectures & courses

Sexual Grounding Therapy©

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20th -21st October 2018
10.00am to 6.00pm

Tobias School of Art & Therapy
Coombe Hill Road
East Grinstead
H19 4LZ

What is Sexual Grounding Therapy©?

Sexual Grounding Therapy© is a powerful form of psychological self-development rooted in experiential body-psychotherapy which takes place in a group format. It was developed, in the early 1990s, by the Dutch developmental psychologist and body-psychotherapist Willem Poppeliers. It represents an innovative approach to systemic, body-oriented depth psychology and psychosexual therapy. Sexual Grounding Therapy offers something that is missing from many psychotherapeutic methods in that it focuses explicitly, directly, but at the same time sensitively on the myriad of problematic issues, which surround sexuality and relationships.

Poppeliers follows Freud in considering the primal life force to be sexual, but goes beyond Freud’s original pioneering work by exploring how sexual energy manifests itself during the whole of a person's lifetime. In particular, Sexual Grounding Therapy© provides a framework for exploring how being born into the world of our parents relationship, with all their human frailties, and into our cultural context can affect the natural flow of our energy. Willem Poppeliers’ work offers us a way to regain our healthy sexual functioning, based on his model of psychosexual development and maturation, which spans the whole of our lives from birth to death.

Course Content

In Sexual Grounding Therapy© Willem Popelliers has developed exercises and therapeutic structures which enable participants to feel seen as the sexual beings they are and which give them a new experience of their sexual innocence, with full support from parents as models for male and female identity. This could be seen as process of sexual re-education, like re-learning the facts of life.

As far as Sexual Grounding is concerned, one of our most important tasks in life is learning to balance our masculine and feminine elements, which we inherit by virtue of being born from the union between a father and mother: our sources of life, gender, and sexuality. Sexual Grounding Therapy© helps participants to achieve freedom from inappropriate projections and life-scripts, to regulate and harmonise the inner and outer flow of their sexual energy, to place sexuality within the context of relationship, and to feel supported as sexual beings by their parents and ancestors.

In this way, we can develop a sexual life that is grounded in reality and passes on what has been learned to future generations. We can then begin to own our true human birthright; being rooted in our bodies, supported in our minds, and linked in a line of human care - supported in our sexual ground. This state could be said to resemble Carl Jung's concept of the "Inner Marriage" of masculinity and femininity, but in Sexual Grounding Therapy the results are to be experienced much more tangibly, in our bodies and in our relationships.

During the course, participants re-experience the natural progression of development; from girlhood to becoming a woman, from boyhood to becoming a man. In dynamic exercises they experience the importance of receiving supportive sexual mirroring, which helps them to feel seen as sexual beings. There will also be theoretical explanation from the staff team in order to put their experience into a cognitive context. Participants can therefore be said to acquire a ‘cellular’ knowledge, through body experience within a sophisticated theoretical framework.