Apr 7 2015 – Joelle Lazar RCC – Body-Centred Psychotherapy

Body-centred psychotherapy honours the natural unity of body and mind. It helps individuals integrate awareness of their body with the present moment, to support their discovery of resources for healing.

Highlighting the therapeutic relationship, it is sensitive to the influence of early attachment relationships on current dynamics.

Because this therapy attends to both the body and the relationship in the present moment, it can be a powerful gateway to the growth of new neural pathways that align with health and well-being.

Participants will learn the principles of body-centred psychotherapy, understand “bottom-up” and “top-down” interventions, as well as the evolution and rationale for this approach. Yoga therapy, and Sensorimotor psychotherapy, will also be discussed in the light of experiments to support mindfulness, working with active defenses, and facilitating transformation and integration. The presenter will share guided mindfulness practices, discuss how she integrates bottom-up with top-down interventions, and encourage audience discussion and participation.


Joelle Lazar of Centrepoint Psychotherapy is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Yoga Therapist living and working in Vancouver, BC. Joelle provides individual, couples and family/group sessions that nurture mindfulness, compassion, health and well-being. Her counselling approach is influenced by her training in Hakomi, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, as well as her extensive experience teaching meditation and yoga. Joelle’s philosophy is that when the right conditions are present, human beings are wired to heal. The mother of two sons, Joelle encounters endless opportunities to listen, be present, and take time to play.