Body/Mind Therapy

Mentoring for Practitioners

How do you respond to the emotions of your client

that arise during a bodywork session?

In a counseling session, how might you deepen a

client’s awareness of their emotional body?

How do you assist clients to actually “feel” what their

emotions feel like in their body?

In any session, how can you hold ground for

(yourself and) your client and make them feel safe?

     I offer practitioners of touch and talk therapies ways to deepen their work with clients by integrating body/mind awareness.

     Practitioners will have the opportunity to experience, as well as to practice hands-on sessions, integrating body/mind awareness in themselves and in their work with clients. I work with each practitioner on an individual basis, tailoring mentoring sessions to fit the practitioner’s desires and their unique and varied skills and skill levels. Please contact me for more information.

Professional experience in the field of Body/Mind:

     Body/Mind Trainings:

      Rubenfeld Synergy Method®, 1998-2002

         Synergist Training progam, Ilana Rubenfeld & Faculty

     Portland Gestalt Training Institute, 2003-2010

     Ortho-Bionomy Training, 2006     

     Body & Emotions in the Therapeutic Session, Breitenbush, OR, 2010

          Assisted Master Synergist, Rob Bauer, at 3-day workshop

     Working with the Body in Psychotherapy, 2006-2007

          Training Program, Daniel Schiff, PhD

     Biodynamic Cranial Therapy, 2005-present


               Todd Jackson, 2005 - present


                 Cherionna Menzam-Sills, 2009

                 Mike Boxhall, 2013, 2014

          Cranial Therapy Teaching Assistant

                  Todd Jackson, Cranial I & II Workshops, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017


     International Association of Rubenfeld Synergists

          Annual Conference, 2012, Ashland, OR

               Qualities of a Healing Presence, A case for non-doing

     International Cranial Teacher Study Group (Interface)

          Interface 2010, Breitenbush, OR

               A Prepatory Meditation for Meeting Clients

          Interface 2012, Breitenbush, OR

               Qualities of a Healing Presence, A case for non-doing

          Interface 2013, Darry, Germany

               Picasso Does Cranial, Art for cranial research?

          Interface 2015, Flathead Lake, MT

               Feeling Our Way Toward Stillness          

          Interface 2016, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada:

               Breath as Movement, Breath as Sound

     Infant/Maternal Cranial Sacral Therapy Conference

          2012, Portland, OR

               Qualities of a Healing Presence, A case for non-doing

     Northwest Cranial Annual Retreat

          2014, Copalis Beach, WA

               Picasso Does Cranial, Art as Integration of a Cranial Session

          2015, Copalis Beach, WA

                Feeling Our Way Toward Stillness

© Deborah Merkle 2017