Kinesthetic Knowing in the Therapeutic Relationship (DSP™)

12 CEUs

Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12, 2023 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
via ZOOM


The moving dynamic of the therapeutic relationship is simultaneously being shaped by our past perceptions even as we are re-shaping those perceptions in the present moment.  By recognizing and staying with our existing sensory and kinesthetic experience within the therapeutic dynamic, we create the opportunity for our client to discover new forms of contacting. Sensitivity to this Kinesthetic Resonance allows us to recognize the existing narrative and shape a different one together in the moment. Over time, layering of these new experiences within the clinical environment can affect profound change.

When surrounded by division we can reconnect with each other again through the Kinesthetic Resonance which has always existed between us. Kinesthetic Resonance is a core principle of Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy (DSP™), a clinical phenomenological and movement-oriented approach to psychotherapy within a contemporary gestalt therapy framework, created by Ruella Frank Ph.D. Kinesthetic Resonance is a resonant loop of perception between brain, body, and environment, created by the constant movement in us and around us. This phenomenon is produced through kinesthetic shifts in relationship and context, reassuring us of our intrinsic connection to the world and our fellow beings. Applying Kinesthetic Resonance within psychotherapy is a valuable way to care for ourselves and each other in the midst of ongoing uncertainty – sustaining the provider as well as the patient.

Attention will be given to experiential learning through relational movement-based experiments, as well as grounding these experiences in DSP™ theory and its Gestalt foundation. This workshop focuses on recognizing the inner wisdom which emerges in the spaces around words, and specifically how to discover this knowing within the clinical model.

Practitioners from all training modalities are welcome to integrate this approach into their existing area of expertise – whether working in-person or online. This workshop has been tailored for an online experience. Both audio and video participation is essential to be able to attend to ongoing somatic shifts, a foundational aspect of DSP™.

This workshop is an interactive DSP™ training, not a process group.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn clinical applications of kinesthetic resonance, one of the basic principles of Developmental Somatic Psychology (DSP™) through a combination of lecture, demonstration, group experiential exercises, relational movement experiments, and clinical application.
  • Participants learn how to attend to, and experiment with, subtle shifts in gesture, tone, tempo, and form, both for themselves and their clients.
  • Take risks to experiment and discover new perceptions of themselves, and their relationship to others.

Program Leader

Jennifer Bury, BFA, CMT, Certified Master Trainer/Supervisor in DSP™, (she/her) is a Gestalt movement therapist in private practice for 35+ years. Based in San Francisco, Jennifer teaches in-person workshops throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Since 2015, she has also been working online using techniques she developed for conveying the felt experience of contact into the virtual medium. She is on the faculty of the Center for Somatic Studies, the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, teaches at universities, institutes, medical facilities, leads Gestalt training groups and has assisted founder Ruella Frank Ph.D, in teaching her DSP™ training programs worldwide. In addition to her Gestalt training, Jennifer’s background includes studies in pre-med, neurology, kinesiology, various forms of dance/choreography, and numerous somatic methods. Jennifer is known for her ability to lead others into the felt experience of DSP™ theory. For more information:

CEUs: 12


  • $325 full tuition
  • $300 GTIP Associate Members
  • $275 Students and GTIP Trainees
  • Sliding scale slots available at registration


Online via ZOOM


Maximum 30 registrants

GTIP offers Continuing Education credits to: LSW, LCSW, LPC, LMFT, PSY, GENERIC. Should you be requesting CEUs, please indicate what license you hold and your license number on the registration form.


This session is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research for a maximum of 12 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers in PA and many other states.

GTIP is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer 12 hours of continuing education for psychologists. GTIP maintains responsibility for the program. The Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology requires Psychology workshop participants to furnish their license number to receive a certificate of attendance.

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