How will this workshop impact my practice? It will help me value myself more…

…as a therapist. It will help me have more compassion for my clients, and finally it will remind me to leave a little space, a little bit of contemplative breathing room between my client and their feelings, and myself and my feelings.
—Creative Consultation and Support participant
Why do we need creative consultation and support?

Sometimes clients present in ways that can be confusing to us as clinicians, and leave us not knowing how to respond in the most growth-producing way. Research has demonstrated that the patient’s relationship to the healing professional is a significant factor in the efficacy of treatment. Healing professionals know this intuitively. When we gain insight into relational dynamics, we gain confidence in how to maintain our professional role with the variety of interpersonal challenges clients can present, leading to healthier outcomes for clients and clinicians.

What we'll do in the course

This 5-week course will introduce participants to the Balint process: participatory seminars in which the group shares cases from our clinical work, using experience-near language, to reflect on the relational encounter. Participants will each get a turn to describe a client-practitioner situation that interests them, then sit back and listen to the group reflect thoughtfully and creatively about the case. The presenter then gets a goody-bag of new ideas, validations, and insights to take with them back to their practice.

Throughout the 5 weeks, and when appropriate, Kris and Sheri will help the group establish vocabulary and describe psychodynamic concepts useful to understanding relationships in which one person is seeking (and paying for) help from another. Our intent is to deepen our empathy for the experience of both client and clinician, while clarifying the clinician’s professional perspective.

Who the course serves

Creative Consultation and Support for Bodyworkers is open to massage therapists, yoga teachers in private practice, Feldenkrais Practitioners, acupuncturists, PTs, OTs, and any clinician or educator working with individual clients in a body-oriented practice. Licensed or certified professionals only. 


Thursdays, September 17 - October 15
7:30-9:00pm PDT / 12:30 - 14:00 (Fridays) AEST
Online Via Zoom
Group size limited to 10
Standard Fee: $125


We would like to support you in your practice during this challenging time. If you prefer to pay on a sliding scale, please use the "Donate" button below to pay any amount from $75-$150. Please type "Creative Consultation" into the note field.

Kris Wheeler, MA, LMHC, is a psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapist, in private practice in Seattle for nearly 35 years. She is a teacher of Object Relations based psychotherapy as well as an ABS* credentialed leader and supervisor of Balint groups - a method of case consultation which will inform some of the clinical dialogue in this course. Her psychotherapy practice is deeply informed by dance and creative process, specifically Skinner Releasing Technique and improvisational dance. Teaching and performing dance were her first career and she continues to enjoy dance improvisation.
*American Balint Society


Sheri Cohen, GCFP, Assistant Feldenkrais® Trainer, (she/her), has been researching the movement arts for over 25 years in the fields of dance, yoga and the Feldenkrais Method®. Sheri has a lively Feldenkrais practice in the Seattle area and teaches in Feldenkrais trainings on both coasts. She also teaches dance workshops, yoga classes and yoga teacher trainings—all deeply informed by the Feldenkrais Method.

Creative Consultation and Support for Bodyworkers