The United States Association of Body Psychotherapy (USABP) 2018 Conference

November 2, 2018 - November 4, 2018


three female figures dancing and playing

Embodied Wisdom: The Dance of Three

with Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., BC-DMT, Jungian Analyst

 “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”    ~  C. G. Jung

Workshop Description

Participants will explore “The Dance of Three” developed by Jungian analyst Marion Woodman and her colleagues.  A further application of Authentic Movement, this practice involves a mover/client, a mirror/therapist, and container/supervisor who explore the dynamics of their relationships. Working in groups of three, each participant will have an opportunity to move, witness, contain, and reflect on his/her embodied experience. The triad supports the vitality of the soul through natural movement and empathic response. Participants can practice deep inner listening while their own inner dance unfolds in a safe and contained space.

From our earliest beginnings, empathic relating by our care takers is an essential component in the formation of the self. Advances in interpersonal neurobiology point to the right brain’s receptivity to nonverbal elements, such as facial expression, voice tone, movement, music, imagery and the play of symbols in dreams and poetry. This workshop is designed to complement the theoretical frameworks and discussions of interpersonal neurobiology that will be presented in other sessions of this conference. The Dance of Three explores the nonverbal underpinnings of psychotherapy through direct experience of bodily-felt sensations, imagination, emotions, and witnessing practice.

With roots in Jung’s Depth Psychology, Authentic Movement is a rich and subtle practice that can’t be mastered in a three-hour workshop; however, those new to the practice can gain an appreciation of how natural movement enhances self-awareness, empathic response, and communication.  Those with more experience in Authentic Movement will find that The Dance of Three can deepen their understanding of the essential components of this healing practice.

Through The Dance of Three participants may explore individual and cultural differences while affirming shared human experiences. This approach provides a protocol for reflection and communication that is critical to any therapeutic situation.

Please join us in celebrating the integration of body, mind, and spirit in the healing process.

You may register HERE

Conference Overview:

“Now, more than ever, our field must support methodological approaches that foster the repair of disconnection. We aim through this conference to highlight both the science and practice of how embodied self-awareness promotes this capacity for connection in both our clients and ourselves. We seek to highlight relational approaches to body psychotherapy that galvanize the restorative properties of our innate vitality.

Speakers will include but not be limited to topics such as embodied approaches to relational trauma, vitality, the use of movement in psychotherapeutic praxis, working with infants in clinical settings, sexual health and vitality, interpersonal neurobiology and more.  The conference will feature speakers from wide intersections of our field from Reichian analysis, bioenergetics, Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, Focusing, and more!” (USABP webpage)

Keynote Speaker:  Allan Schore, Ph.D.


*Three Female Figures Dancing and Playing, 19th Century Painting by Edward Coley Burne-Jones