Short and Introductory Courses

Short courses and introductory courses are available in Cambridge and we can also arrange to teach an existing group in your locality. A minimum of ten participants is needed. Courses include Introduction to Body Psychotherapy, Introduction to Biodynamic Massage, and Relaxing Mind and Body (stress and relaxation from a body psychotherapy perspective), Working with Anxiety, Work with Physical Symptoms, Emotional Anatomy and Physiology. All training is now in person.

To book introductory days contact Gill Westland Please see Training in Biodynamic Massage for full details of the Emotional Anatomy and Physiology course, which is suitable for counsellors, psychotherapists, and complementary therapists wanting to know more about the relevance of the subject to their work.

Open Events

Free event with talk and opportunity to discuss training courses offered at CBPC. These are all in person now.

Friday 24th June 2022 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Please let us know that you are coming to an open event.

Venue: CBPC, 28 Ditton Walk, Cambridge, CB5 8QE
Please see map on this site on how to reach the centre.

Conference : Being in touch: Communicating through touch in psychotherapy

A one day conference on Saturday 9th July 2022 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
at King’s College, Cambridge University


Speaking and touching are two streams of communication which seamlessly weave together in daily relationships.  Touch is a “language” in its own right and it can sometimes communicate more than words can say. The foundations for this are laid down prior to birth and afterwards.

Communicating through touch is a way of relating in body psychotherapy.  Body psychotherapists are trained to touch, have a touch lexicon, are skilled in its timely therapeutic use, and know how to observe and discuss the impact of touching with clients.  Ways of touching are diverse and complex.  Varying speed, rhythm, pressure and depth, focussing on different tissues of the body, touching skin to skin, through clothes and blankets, touching with finger tips, the palms of the hands, elbow to elbow are some of the possibilities.  Through experience the skills and methods of touching become embedded in the psychotherapist and are pulled out of the practitioner, often intuitively, in a “dance” between client and therapist at appropriate moments.

Unfortunately, other forms of psychotherapy have often neglected therapeutic touching, usually have no training in it, and can be ambivalent about it.  Discussions between psychotherapists of other modalities have tended to be somewhat limited and general, rather than exploratory and detailed. 

Until fairly recently neuroscience has also neglected research on touch, and concentrated on the other senses.  However, there is now a burgeoning interest with papers being written on Affective Touch, mirror touch, vicarious tactile experience and so on.  The importance of touch in infancy is also generating papers.  In society generally the international Touch Test (2020) has awakened touch as a topic for discussion and the social distancing of the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted what it is like not to be able to touch others. 

We hope in this one-day conference to bring together body psychotherapists, counsellors and psychotherapists from other modalities and neuroscientists to exchange ideas and dialogue with each other.   Much remains unknown about touching therapeutically.  What, for example, is happening from a neuroscientific perspective, when we touch in a particular way. Why is one form of touch more effective for some sorts of clients than others, why might touch be the first form of help for a particular client?


Professor Francis McGlone Losing Touch with Touch: It Will Cost Us Dearly
Dr Natalie Bowling, Individual variability in touch attitudes and experiences.
Dr Katarina Fotopoulou
, The Neuroscience of Affective Touch: From the Lab to the Couch
Tom Warnecke, Stirring the depths – reflections on touch in psychotherapy
Gill Westland, Sue Frazer, Touch in Body Psychotherapy
Dr Elya Steinberg, Dr David Tune, Courtenay Young Panel Presentation

The day is intended for neuroscientists, psychotherapists, counsellors, and students of these disciplines.

£120.00 including beverages, and fork buffet in the Great Hall at King’s College.
Please pay the full fee by Bank Transfer to:
The Co-operative Bank Community Directplus Account
Sort Code: 089299 Account Number: 65264959
International Bank Account Number: GB89 CPBK 0892 9965 2649 59

Please use your name and CONF as the reference and let us know that you have booked. Please email:

We will confirm your place and send further details, when your payment has been received

King’s College is in the centre of Cambridge.  There is no onsite parking.  There is also limited parking in the centre of Cambridge and it is expensive. Cambridge is easily accessible by train.  From London, trains go regularly from Kings Cross and Liverpool Street.  The postcode for King’s College is CB2 1ST

Introduction to Biodynamic Massage

Suitable for complete beginners, counsellors, healthcare professionals. One day course to learn basic methods and theory of Biodynamic Massage. Biodynamic massage involves “contactful touch” and the day will provide opportunities to explore communicating through touch.

Date: Saturday 2nd June 2022
Cost: £115.00
Course leader: Sue Frazer

Introduction to Body Psychotherapy – Basics 1

Body psychotherapy starts with awareness of physical sensations (body awareness). These are experienced through bringing attention to the body when speaking, sitting, walking and moving. These sensations are usually background information that can be brought into focus. They provide guidance on what a person requires for more joy in living and better well-being. Grounding, Centring and Facing will also be explored. The emphasis will be on Grounding. Grounding is about being in reality, seeing things as they are and living from a place of inner strength.

Date: Sunday 3rd July 2022
Course leader: Gill Westland

Affective Touch

A Continuing Professional Development course.
We have one place available for those qualified in Biodynamic Massage or Body Psychotherapy.
Saturday 25th June 2022 10.00 – 5.30
Please contact to further details.

Working With Anxiety

(An Introduction to Body Psychotherapy)

This one day workshop will explore an understanding of anxiety from a body psychotherapy perspective. It will introduce basic concepts of body psychotherapy, including the cycle of regulation and grounding, and methods of working with a wide range of clients. The format includes lecture, discussion, experiential exercises, reflection, handouts and recommended reading.
The day is suitable for healthcare practitioners (O.T.s, nurses etc.), counsellors and complementary health practitioners.

Date: This will be offered in autumn 2022
Cost: £115.00

Course leader: Gill Westland

Biodynamic Massage Study Day

Continuing Professional Development for Biodynamic massage therapists.

Date: 2022 TBC
Cost: £115.00
Course leader: TBC

Mental Health Awareness

For trainee psychotherapists and counsellors and qualified practitioners for Continuing Professional Development The day will cover psychiatric diagnostic manuals, major psychiatric diagnoses, mental health and risk assessments, laws pertaining to mental health and possible litigation, accessing mental health resources, psychotropic medication currently in use – pros and cons, and selection of clients for in-depth psychotherapy (psychosis, neurosis, spiritual emergency).

Date: Wednesday 2022 TBC
Cost: £115.00
Course Leader: Miriam Ware
Miriam is a qualified general and psychiatric nurse and experienced in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health. She is a UKCP registered Core Process Psychotherapist. As well as working in the UK, she has worked in Israel and South Africa.

Introduction to Body Psychotherapy – Relating, Rhythm, and Boundaries

The course will introduce some of the skills and theory of body psychotherapy. Each person has their own rhythm and in any relationship with another there is a process of tuning into the other person and then making adjustments to accommodate the rhythm of that individual. Often our personal rhythms are disrupted from the way that we were brought up. And, in addition to that we can feel that life is too fast, and that we are not in charge of the pace of it. Equally life can seem too slow, uneventful or even on hold and stuck with nothing getting started or completed. Any relationship involves a movement towards the other and then more towards oneself – inner and outer relating. Movement towards the other can mean getting lost and not knowing where we begin and end. In daily life this can mean not knowing what we want, or living at a pace that isn’t quite right for us and being swept along by the crowd. Movement away from the other can mean feeling lonely and isolated, rather than feeling at peace in solitude.
The day will explore relating and boundaries from a body psychotherapy perspective. It will include exploration of rhythms – find our own and in relationship, inner and outer movements in relationship, finding inner and outer ground, personal and relational boundaries, space and distance, and the emotional cycle of self regulation.
Suitable for health-care workers, counsellors and those wanting to know about body psychotherapy with a view to further training.

Date: TBC
Course leader: Gill Westland

Introduction to Body Psychotherapy – Standing in the World

Taking our place in the world involves finding a firm “inner ground” from which to move into relationship with others. This is a felt, physical experience that can be cultivated. Those that have it are self assured and confident, have no need to be pushy and do not get blown off course by others. The day will explore this theme experientially and theoretically. It will also provide an introduction to body psychotherapy.
Suitable for health-care workers, counsellors and those wanting to know about body psychotherapy perhaps with a view to further training.

Date: TBC
Course leader: Gill Westland

Introduction to Body Psychotherapy – Knowing What You Want

The course will introduce some of the skills and theory of body psychotherapy. Knowing what you want and making life decisions can be a complicated business. Your head says one thing, your heart another, friends advise different things. Your guts say this is the place to live, but it makes no sense. The day will explore different ways of making decisions, finding out what you really want, and head, heart and guts working together for more whole decision-making.

Suitable for health-care workers, counsellors and those wanting to know about body psychotherapy with a view to further training.

Date: TBC
Course leader: Gill Westland

BOOKING FOR SHORT COURSES: To book please send the full fee. Please email us for our bank details for a bank transfer. Please also include brief details about yourself e.g. profession, area of work, reason for wanting to do the course.