Based on the nature of PSEN depth work, becoming a PSEN practitioner requires more from our trainees than simply acquiring a skill set and obtaining knowledge through a comprehensive grasp of theoretical concepts.
Over four years of training, our PSEN trainees are provided with extensive experiential learning of what embodiment feels like, and they discover what it means to become a transformational presence for as well as an influential witness to another person’s process.
Our trainees also have the opportunity to face their own issues as they arise.
As an integral part of our training, practitioners develop a deeply felt sense of being in the body. They learn to experience self and other in and through a felt sense of embodiment. We view the practice of embodiment as a skill that is cultivated and refined over a lifetime.
However, for the PSEN trainee, the practice of embodiment is essential for creating the conditions necessary for deepening an individual’s connection to their own interior life, and for having the ability to move the process forward.
Based on the ability to allow and tolerate sensate experience in his/her body, and based on the way he/she can make sense of the emergent psychic connection to these sensations, our practitioners learn to be informed by his/her own constantly changing inner experience, while also being deeply present with the client’s experience.
The deep awareness of the practitioner’s own inner experience gives them many clues about what may be going on within the client.
As part of our embodiment practices, practitioners also learn to pay attention to and make use of incomplete or un-integrated gestures and body postures, as well as peculiar and incongruent movements in their client.
We believe that by having an embodied presence, it becomes easier and more natural for the practitioner to assist the client in moving beyond the verbalization of abstract concepts and drop deeper into a more sensate, body oriented experience.
In the presence of an embodied facilitator, we find that clients are better able to pay attention to their own inner depths. Practitioners learn to become comfortable with the client’s discomforts with embodiment, and practitioners learn to directly engage with whatever arises in the bodies and minds of their clients.
Our trainees also learn to apply their embodiment skills. They work creatively with intention, attention, touch, breath, movement, sound and embodied speech. They develop a felt sense of when to be silent and wait; of when to move and when to speak.
They also practice physically supporting energy flow in and through the client’s body. This is sometimes provided directly through touch, movement, shared sounding or any other creative expression; it is sometimes provided indirectly through a silent, attentive, witnessing presence on behalf of the client’s emerging experience.
In summary, through the cultivation of a practitioner’s humanity and approachability, our trainees continuously find themselves becoming an active participant in their client’s transformational journey. Needless to say, they also find this to be a very rewarding and enriching endeavor.
We support our practitioners to naturally develop their own style of ‘presencing’ so that they can become more free to engage with the other in a co-creative dance, one that is determined by their unique skills, talents and gifts.