Indicative overview of weekly study themes:
1. Cognitive domains & their use in therapy
(incl. classification systems of cognitive domains, neurophysiological connections between domains, typical client presentations with weaknesses in different domains)
2. Brain health maintenance and improvement
(incl. from exercise, hand-eye coordination, social interaction, brain stimulation)
3. Neuroplasticity mechanisms and rehabilitation
(incl. support for brain plasticity with BDNF, recovery from stroke, TBI, etc.)
4. Selected neuroanatomical and neurophysiological pathologies
(incl. problems from amygdala enlargement (in trauma, eating disorders, etc.), lack of grey matter pruning in childhood (conduct disorder), lack of frontal lobe and limbic system connections (emotional dysregulation), issues with white matter connectivity (psychosis), etc.)
5. Brainwaves – and their use for learning and unlearning
(incl. induction methods into slower brainwave states for insights, then “resurfacing” into faster brainwaves for application to current life situation)
6. Interoception mechanisms and improvement
(incl. embodied emotion and embodied cognition, facial / body feedback, changes over lifetime, and traits like alexithymia and synaesthesia, clinical instruments for diagnosis)
7. Mirror neurones & mimicry and their use in therapy
(heart rate synchronisation, selective endocrine coordination, pupil dilation matching, and more)
8. Placebo mechanisms, ethics and psychotherapeutic application
(incl. endogenous endorphin and CCK modulation)
9. Neuroscience of spiritual experience & awakening
(incl. meditation, spoken and body prayer, ritualistic movement, momentary and enduring enlightenment)
10. Working neurosomatically with gender & relationship
(incl. neuroanatomical development of gender identity, individual gender mosaic, gender dysphoria, neurochemistry of relationship stages, longer-term mirroring within couples, etc.)
11. Supporting creativity in the psychotherapeutic process (in therapists and clients)
(incl. neural networks involved with creativity, methods for improving lateral and parallel thinking, etc.)
12. Exploring neurosomatic mechanisms behind psychotherapeutic phenomena
(incl. transference, countertransference, introjects, projection, projective identification, shadow, etc.)
13. Neuroscience and physiology of chemical and behavioural addictions
(incl. role of dopamine and associated receptors, genetic propensity, impact of recovery programmes, etc.)
14. Neuroimaging and neurofeedback techniques and their use in psychotherapy
(incl. introduction to established and emerging neuroimaging modalities, neurofeeedback deployment as adjunct to psychotherapy)
15. The Importance of Breath
(incl. physiology of breathing, neuropsychological connections & implications, and research-evidenced breathing practices for therapy use)
16. The Gut Brain
(incl. impact on brain health and behaviour by microbiome, enteric nervous system and brain connections, considerations for therapy clients)
17. Chronic Pain and Disrupted Early Attachment
(incl. neural networks for processing social, emotional and physical pain, pain tolerance for different attachment styles in loved one’s presence / absence)
• Therapist skillset evaluated in online class against a list of competencies
• Extended client case study featuring a neurosomatic approach (5000+ words)
• Extended essay on a choice of 3 neurosomatic topics (5000+ words)
- Explore the possibility of neurosomatic psychotherapy with the client
- Enable the client to understand your neurosomatic approach to therapy
- Enable the client to determine their therapeutic focus in neurosomatic psychotherapy
- Maintain a space for exchange, learning and growth in neurosomatic psychotherapy
- Develop the neurosomatic therapeutic relationship
- Choose and adapt ways of working with the client within a neurosomatic approach
- Maintain authenticity in the neurosomatic therapeutic relationship
- Engage in issues of diversity and difference in neurosomatic therapy
- Enable the client to understand their relational difficulties through their immediate experience within neurosomatic psychotherapy
- Enable the client to express feelings and emotions within neurosomatic psychotherapy
- Enable the client in neurosomatic psychotherapy to make sense of their experiences
- Manage the conclusion of the neurosomatic therapeutic relationship
- Enable the client in neurosomatic therapy to become aware of unconscious aspects of their experience
All course participants will be provided with an extensive course handbook, including handouts, code of ethics, assessment forms, learning outcome checklist, a reading list, and more.
The course is offered online over 1 year, comprising a total of 120 hours over 40 weeks of learning in term time
Applicants must have previously completed training at Level 5 or higher (see National Qualifications Framework for more information and some international equivalents) so they can successfully engage with Level 7 learning requirements.
Applicants must hold a qualification as a counsellor, psychotherapist, mental health worker, social worker, minister of faith, or similar, and be in active practice in a therapeutic capacity. This can be as a volunteer in a charitable counselling service or in private practice with a minimum of 5 clients per month.
Applicants may be located anywhere in the world, and must speak and write fluent English, and have a stable and fast internet connection.
This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological confusion. The course involves experiential elements that will involve considerable personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities.
Personal therapy requirement: Minimum 10 hours per year (ideally 20 hours per year, ideally every fortnight) with an integrative psychotherapist
Supervision requirement: a minimum of 1.5 hours per calendar month with a supervisor able to hold a body-mind focus within broader expertise
Peer support: small groups of 3-4 students will be invited to provide peer support throughout the training and engage in formative activities together
£4,250 per year
(includes 20% VAT). Payments can be made monthly by standing order over 12 months. Applicants who wish to pay for the year a one-off payment are offered a 2.5% reduction in fees.
Some bursaries will be available once the minimum enrolment of 12 students has been reached. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
Student group size: 12 to 20
Enquiries and Application
If you require more information or are ready to apply, please fill in an application form. We will respond to you as soon as possible.
All applicants are required to complete the application form and then go through the application process which comprises a written portfolio submission and, if the portfolio is deemed sufficient, an interview in person. If offered a place, a course contract will have to be completed and an initial non-refundable deposit of £250 to secure a place will be required.
If a portfolio or interview is not successful, constructive guidance will be provided for those who wish to re-submit or interview again later.