Resource Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Complimentary Models.

Pat Ogden applies a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach to working with Complex PTSD.

So excited to have attended Pat Ogden’s Sydney workshop Wisdom of the Body, Lost & Found. A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach, with Yvette Allen recently.

Pat Ogden applies a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach to working with Complex PTSD.
Pat Ogden applies a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach to working with Complex PTSD.

Pat was truly inspirational, it is heartening ot hear of including the bodies wisdom into psychotherapy. The content and video examples of her work were awesome, not to mention her humility and contextualisation.

This fits in so well with Resource Therapy and can help many inform many RT Actions. Vivify Specific, Bridging and especially Expression, Removal And Relief Protocols. I’d love to hear anyone else’s experience.

What I found fascinating was Pat’s use of our innate gestures. How a facial expression is fairly empty without the body psoture informing it. In particular how we reach, grasp, pull, push and yield. One of the exercises was to reach out your arms. These were the only instructions given. I would encourage you to do this right now and just notice this.  Babies instinctly do all the above movements. I asked a friend who has suffered family violence to do this. Her arms went out limply with her hands limp and down cast. As I saw this I said wow, it looks like you don’t expect anyone to be there. She said “No, I don’t beleive, I will get any help.” All that meaning from a simple gesture.

Naturally I wanted to apply this to Resource Therapy in my sessions tentatively. As I work with both couples and complex PTSD. Indeed RT is so effective for trauma processing, I continue to be amazed.

Working with a couple on when the wife said clearly to her husband  “I need support.” I asked her to let her body posture show this. She immediately nestled into his side, where he put his arm around her. They both remarked, “Oh we used to do this all the time earlier in our relationship, it feels good to do it again.”  Exploring this connection with them in this moment was a power intervention.  Very heartening work!

To assist with Vivifying and Bridging, I suggested to people allow their body to really exaggerate or collapse ( using their words) the sense of helpless and hopelessness or whatever they expressed.

In a parts mapping session, this lead to working with a six month old part who was scared and alone. In the Relief section I got “Dad” who was there for nurturing ( I love RT action 6, as it totally works for attachment related trauma)  to use the body to show him. The clients arms encircled himself in a big hug and you certainly could see the relief this provided and I would suggest amplified.

I have also played with using gesture and movement in RT sessions working with parts vaded in fear and rejection.  One client I suggested she push back the responsility she felt in healed form back to the person it belonged to, in this case a parental introject.  I watched as she scraped the heel of her hands along her thighs away from her in a pushing motion that looked like sewere psuhing away a real heaviness. In the debrief she spoke of how it felt like she were moving concrete rubble and could hear the sound of this as she was doing it, and her tears felt like concrete tears in that moment. This was said as she was crying tears of relief, she said felt like water bombs of joy at the session end.

For me Resource Therapy being a brief parts therapy has so many applications in psychotherapy change. Adding brief touches of Senorimotor Psychotherapy appeared to enhance clients processing and to use Pat’s  Ogden’s terminology may have opened their window of tolerance.

I certainly believe Resource Therapy to be complimentary to effective practice.  So practice practice your artfulness today!

A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach to working with Complex PTSD
A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach to working with Complex PTSD



How to Master Couple Work using Your Resource Therapy Skills


Chris and I are delighted to be a part of the Bali training experience with Gordon and Anna Emmerson. We are proud to present  a One Day Special Master Class in UBUD, Bali  Monday 6th August 2018.

UPDATE – with Bali’s Mt Agung actively erupting at the time of writing December 2017, we are looking to provide this training at an alternative location around the same time of year. So please hold that thought, register your interest to get updates and if you know or could help with a venue suggestion ( preferably tropical!) then drop me a line –

Thanks and so sorry but we hope to have good news on this soon xx

Monkey Forest Road Flower happy face for Resource Therapy Couple Training Masterclass
Monkey Forest Road Flower happy face for Resource Therapy Couple Training Masterclass

How to Master Couple Work using Your Resource Therapy Skills

Learn the application of Resource Therapy Protocols and Principles in Couple Counselling.

Learn in the fun and supportive of Ubud Bali  how to:

  • Use the RT protocol, as devised by Professor Gordon Emerson, for couple counselling, to assist clients with relationship issues.
  • Effectively apply RT actions in couple sessions, to facilitate relationship repair.
  • Harmoniously blend communication skills and RT actions for best client outcomes.
  • Use individual RT work with each partner, balanced with couple work, for optimal therapeutic results.
    Therapists learn how to help partnerships with Resource Therapy’s model of couple work.

    Expand your Resource Therapy potential by assisting couples in distress while applying your RT ciincial skills.

I know this can be daunting. Boy do I remember doing my RT training with Gordon Emmerson years ago and not feeling confident in applying it in couple work in my psychotherapy practice –  Marriage Works Sydney Practice. Yes, you read correctly. Here I was a trained couple therapist with a postgraduate diploma in Couple Therapy (and it cost me thousands!).

Training that is cost effective.

Once I had lots of practice with RT, I then applied it to my couple work using Gordon’s protocol. I found I was having more success with the couples consulting me. It’s wonderful in private practice for keeping a steady stream of clients and easily applicable to any health care setting. Using RT with twosomes means you can double the therapeutic outcome. And isn’t that why we signed up for the helping profession?

Working with many partnerships over the years, we have identified common issues encountered in using this model with couples.

No problem using RT in couple therapy.

This means we can offer you the benefit of our field proven know-how with practical methods to overcome these obstacles effectively.



Naturally you have completed the 10-day Clinical training, which has given you the basis to quickly progress to couple work. So come join us in Ubud, Chris and I would love to meet you.

You can see the world in anything.

We will bring couple work alive with client case material with our experience (50 plus years between Chris and I) in what works and what doesn’t. As you know RT works with most clients presenting issues.

You do not need any couple therapy training – just a willingness to multiply your capacity for therapy.

This cutting edge workshop run by the Resource Therapy Institute of Australia will be presented by Chris Paulin (Consultant Psychologist) & Philipa Thornton (Relationship Psychologist).

Workshop details:

How to Master Couple Work using Your Resource Therapy Skills

Date: Monday 6 August 2018

Venue: Ubud, Bali. Conference Room of   Pertiwi Resort, Ubud Bali Monkey Forest Road

Investment: $250 AUD

Time: 9-5pm. Arrive 8.30 am.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Bali.

Ubud Bali, is such a lovely learning environment.

How to book:

Please email us – for registration or call Philipa on 0434 55 9011.

Book now to avoid disappointment, as numbers are limited. This workshop is expected to sell out quickly.

Let your Resource Therapy skills bloom!






Presentation at the ACA Conference Sydney 2017

Smartphones making us dumb with social media addiction? Resource Therapy helps.

I am delighted, (slightly scared and excited too!) to be a guest speaker at the Australian Counselling Association’s Sydney Conference this year.

Learn new skills, network with fellow professionals at the ACA in Sydney September.

The Resource Therapy Insititute of Australia is committed to faciliating, educating and progressing Resource Therapy’s powerful methods for change. No where is this more needed than in the mental health field. We need new ways of addressing old problems our clients face. And with the pressures of technology advances we must keep up.

Facebook, Instagram and other Social Media - can it be addictive?
Facebook, Instagram and other Social Media – can it be addictive?

Here is the link ACA confrence speaker list. As a therapist you may be interested in learning more about the Australian Counselling Association.

If you are attending this event please come forward and say hello, I would appreciate meeting you.


Want the notes to the presentation?  Then click here ACA Resource Therapy Notes on Addiction Treatment.