Talking to the Nervous System

Talking to the Nervous System

£199.00 £149.00

A psychotactile approach to the treatment of trauma

A one-day training for psychological professionals in how to make changes directly into the limbic system through touch. Lunch, coffees and teas included.

Pre-requisites: you must hold a psychotherapy or counselling qualification, (or be in your final year of training) to attend this day.

Book now to save £50 ** AND ** get free access to Gerry’s £49 Neuroscience of Touch training 


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For thousands of years Healers, Shamans and Bodyworkers have been utilising body-mind based techniques to remove and heal traumas. As the latest neuroscience drives us towards more bodily orientated ways to access the all important limbic system we are coming to a turning point in the healing arts. We are at a paradigm shift, where psychologically trained therapists are realising they must access the wisdom of these traditional body based healing techniques in order to make lasting change to the brain’s nervous system.

What has emerged with increasing clarity over the last 20 years of thrilling neuroscience is that, when it comes to the effective treatment of trauma (both acute and chronic), we must talk directly to the nervous system. It is simply not possible to access the parts of the brain where repetitive trauma – induced patterns reside (limbic and brain stem) through words or awareness alone.

No matter how embodied or relationally informed our work may be, still the nervous system maintains its ancient structural habit of vigilance and withdrawal.  This is why we are now reaching a cross roads in the psychological professions. It is clear that the ‘trauma informed therapist’ must be brave enough to ‘cross over’ into the world of bodywork and touch in order to directly access the nervous system of our clients.

It is no longer scientifically or ethically justifiable to shun the role of touch in therapy. The crossroads we are now entering is one in which therapists are embracing the role of touch to directly soothe the nervous system and create new and healthier pathways in their brains.

We are not talking about some re-traumatising and ill informed  ‘hippy’ touch that crashes through every safety and protective boundary that the client has built up for their historic survival. We are talking about an approach that is informed regarding both transference issues and boundaries.  This psychotactile approach is an informed clinical approach that allows for the direct soothing of the nervous system without the re-stimulation of historical touch and intimacy based traumas.

Book now to save £50 AND get free access to Gerry’s £49 Neuroscience of Touch video training 

This is why this day is taught by Gerry Pyves, a therapist who has spent his entire clinical life in BOTH FIELDS of touch and psychotherapy. On this day he will cover:

  • Why ‘talking to the nervous system’ is essential when dealing with trauma
  • The role of touch in ‘speaking Nervous System’
  • Unique Nervous System exercises that you can teach your clients
  • The 16 problems of touch – and how to solve them
  • THREE touch protocols aimed directly at the limbic system

This day builds on and reinforces the material Gerry taught on his acclaimed ‘Neuroscience of Touch’ workshops around the UK last year. It is a response to the many requests he has received to show how the neuroscience can be applied in the treatment room.

Attendance on this course also comes with a free access to Gerry’s 7 video course “The Neuroscience of Touch” – which costs £49 to buy separately. As a result of familiarity with the material on this video course,  we are able to focus on the practical issues of just how we can apply this neuroscience in our sessions with clients. This is an experiential workshop in which you will learn from the feedback of each other after each exercise as well as from the material presented. This will enable you to witness the impact of touch on the nervous system of both yourself and on a wide spectrum of people.

About Gerry: Gerry is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and an internationally recognised bodyworker. He has pioneered a psychologically informed approach to massage and bodywork that is now used by thousands of bodyworkers worldwide. Whilst bodyworkers are now embracing their need to understand the psychological implications of their touch, his focus has turned to helping psychological professionals in learning how to access the power of touch to change the brain. he teaches therapists how to do this safely and effectively in their own clinical work. He lives in Lancashire, UK.


Book now to save £50 AND get free access to Gerry’s £49 Neuroscience of Touch video training 


Venues: This course will be offered at the following locations – pre-booking is essential.

Morecambe, Lancashire – Friday October 4th 2019 at The Therapy Centre, 3 Northumberland Street, Morecambe, LA4 4AU

Birmingham – Friday October  18th 2019 at The Hallmark Strathallan, 225 Hagley Rd, Birmingham B16 9RY

Glasgow – Tuesday November 26th 2019 at The Erskine Bridge Hotel, Riverfront, Erskine PA8 6AN

London  – Saturday November 30th 2019 at The Mercure London Watford, A41, Watford WD25 8JH

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Date & Venue

Morecambe, Fri Oct 4th 2019, Birmingham, Fri Oct 18th 2019, Glasgow, Tues Nov 26th 2019, London, Sat Nov 30th 2019