ERT CPD Workshop Series
The Hearthside Room, Bovey Tracey, Devon

I’ve spent a lot of the time over the last 2 years renovating and rebuilding what has now become the Hearthside Room. It’s become a great place for groups, for dancing, and for individual work. I’m now celebrating by offering a series of 3 Saturday workshops to counsellors and psychotherapists.

Saturday 25th November 2017
Breathwork in Counselling and psychotherapy

Learn how to deepen your use of breathwork in client sessions
Find more information here

Saturday 6th January 2018
Introducing Movement

Supporting you to introduce and develop your use of movement, proximity, gesture and impulse into work with clients.
Find more information here


Saturday 27th January 2018
Making Mistakes in the Therapy Room
Embracing the richness of mistakes, and engaging with the physiological story of our response to mistakes in client work.
Find more information here


I’m offering these training days at a great introductory price of £50 each  – I expect them to book up early so get in touch
if you have any questions or queries,  and download the booking form here


Coming up in Pakistan in February:

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Feedback from previous workshops:

“I got a real insight into shifts that could happen with this approach for me and my client”

One of the things I appreciated most about the weekend was the invitation to develop my own practice through the training, to explore relationships to the material starting from what I already do. It felt nurturing and encouraging to have the space to do so.

“I came away with an encouraged, exciting feeling of how my training in counselling/psychotherapy can complement my practise. I enjoyed every moment. A big  Thank you”

“I loved the training day….I felt I was in very good hands with an experienced and highly skilled practitioner. Great watching you work.  I enjoyed the relaxed teaching style and the encouragement to try things out and not worry about making mistakes.”

“I really enjoyed the demonstration session as it brought the days learning together. I liked that the day was very experiential with plenty of opportunities to try new ideas out.”

“I very much appreciated your calm, warm and engaging manner and style of training.”

“I really valued the relaxed and respectful atmosphere which, for me, encouraged and allowed the more spontaneous and creative (and destructive!) parts of me to be felt and be expressed.”

“I feel newly inspired about the value, and potential, of two people in a room exploring how they come into contact. Thank you!”

“Very enjoyable and enriching day, thank you Stephen”

“It felt like there was a lot of permission and support”

“It felt very safe to try new things”

“Thank you for a very enlightening day which will certainly enhance my practice”

“Thank you so much! I have a better understanding of embodied-counter-transference and how to use it more skillfully in my work with clients…”

“The day was enjoyable & incredibly valuable…”

“I have learnt so much today that I can use with future clients”MalhamskysliverA wide range of Embodied-Relational Therapy workshops and trainings can be found on our new website:

Allison Priestman’s workshops

Nick Totton’s workshops

Jayne Johnson’s Workshops

Kamalamani’s Workshops

Tim Brown’s Workshops

MalhamskysliverOne or two of Stephen’s recent workshops:

An Introduction to
Relational Body Psychotherapy
an ERT approach

Allison Priestman, Stephen Tame
2017, Bristol

There is a growing interest in the world of counselling and psychotherapy in working with body experiences, and there have, for a long time, been traditions of body psychotherapy paying particular attention to this.
There is also a growing interest, amongst practitioners of many kinds, in working with the relationship between the client and therapist. This is central to many strands of psychotherapy.

Embodied-Relational Therapy (ERT) has been developing an approach since the 1980’s of working relationally with body experience. Indeed, it is becoming ever more clear to us that relationship happens between bodies, and that body experience happens in relationship.
As ERT practitioners and trainers, we start from this conjunction – not as something weird, different or esoteric, but as the ground from which psychotherapy takes place.

Embodied-Relational Therapy (ERT) has its roots in Reichian body work, process approaches, psychodynamic therapies and earth centred spirituality. ERT is an holistic integrative approach focusing on two facts about human beings: we are embodied and in relationship. To be alive we need to be a body, to be alive we need to relate to others; our greatest challenges and our greatest joys follow from these twin facts.


Working with Body Process

Heartwood Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Training
Dartington, Devon, Saturday 21st January 2017

We have always known in our guts – that feelings, thoughts, stories and wounds are held in minds and bodies together – that body movements, sensations, impulses and posture have meaning, power and resonance.
This workshop is a chance to start to explore how we can work with this knowledge – how we can support our clients to use body sensations and experiences as vehicles for growth and healing. The workshop will combine experiential exercises with theoretical input.

Making Mistakes in the Therapy Room

mistaken therapistSt Barnabas House Counselling & Therapy Centre, September 2015

Although we aim to treat our clients with respect, empathy and clarity, we’re going to get things wrong sometimes:
We might misunderstand a client, say something clumsy, our attention will wander, we forget their name or appointment time, we push their buttons inadvertently, overstep the mark…
With the best will in the world, there are many ways things can go pear shaped.

In this experiential workshop, we will explore how to:
-Make fewer and smaller mistakes in the first place
-Feel more relaxed and comfortable about the mistakes we will make as practitioners
-Make some sense of why we make mistakes
-Handle our mistakes gracefully and openly
-Actively use the mistakes we make to deepen the therapeutic work, and to help our clients move forward
We will use individual & pair work, with group theory and discussion, to learn and to integrate our experiences.
My aim is to create a safe and stimulating learning environment. No prior knowledge or experience is assumed.

MalhamskysliverEmbodied-Relational Therapy
Jayne Johnson, Stephen Tame
November 7th-8th 2015, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

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Feedback from Jayne and Stephen’s recent training event: “I mean, for me, it is up there, top five of ALL the workshops, residentials, course modules, teaching events I have participated since… ever.”

 MalhamskysliverListening to my Body Telling my Client’s Story
Embodied Counter-Transference
One to One Project
Kings Lynn – 8th November 2014

How can we use our own embodiment as a resource for our client work?

How can we make sense and creative use of our intense and uncomfortable responses to our clients? This workshop aims to offer an experiential opportunity and a theoretical model to explore how we can utilize our embodied counter-transference.
When working with clients, we will often experience unusual and strange responses in our own bodies, which can be difficult to notice, make sense of, and use therapeutically. Our bodies can literally pick up unconscious material from our clients. This workshop, led by an experienced body psychotherapist, is a chance to explore these kinds of experiences, and to develop tools and techniques for accessing our embodied counter-transference, and projective identification, as a powerful resource for our work.