The Alchemy of Safety & Danger in Relationship Therapy

Presented by:

Brian Gleason, LCSW, ACCEP
Senior Faculty, The New York Institute of Core Energetics
International Teacher and Author
Co-Founder of Exceptional Relationships, a body-based methodology for working with committed relationships
Brian maintains a private practice in the Ashville, North Carolina area

This course will not include CEs. Our upcoming recorded live events will be available here free for members and non-members who register for them, as is the case here. Members and event registrants can use their discount code to watch this event free.


Relationship work asks of us to live with the dynamic tension between creating safety and taking risks that can be experienced as dangerous. Finding the “window of tolerance” where couples can feel secure enough to bring forth uncomfortable truths, navigate conflict, expose vulnerabilities, and welcome each other’s individuality is essential.

The somatic relationship approach I take draws from the traditions of Core Energetics as well as the challenges and insights of my 43 year marriage to Marcia. The Embodied Relationship approach is also informed by a number of other modalities and traditions, including IFS, attachment theory, Polyvagal theory and Pathwork.

In our time together, I will address some of the key components to helping couples move from protection to connection. We will explore the fundamentals of healthy conflict, and how we support couples in activating empathic resonance.

The Main Points of This Workshop:

  • Introduction to the core principles of Bioenergetic Analysis
  • Video demonstration and clinical discussion of a Bioenergetic therapy session
  • Discussion of touch literacy in psychotherapy
  • Discussion of the integrated use of catharsis
  • Therapist use of self in support of the client’s energetic flow

Participants will learn:

  • Understanding had to be in control without being controlling.
  • Recognizing what each person is fighting FOR.
  • The principle of “emotional layering.”
  • How to distinguish young and adult needs.
  • How to incorporate “catalyzing” interventionsLearn how the titration between following and directing the client’s energetic expression facilitates the movement toward integration.


  • Welcome
  • Interview with Presenter
  • Presentation & Experiential
  • Q & A

Your Instructor

Brian Gleason, CSW
Brian Gleason, CSW

Brian Gleason, LCSW, has more than 30 years of experience in working with organizations, groups, couples, and individuals in a variety of mental health, corporate, wellness, and educational settings. Brian is a senior faculty member of the NY Institute of Core Energetics. He teaches internationally and is author of Mortal Spirit. Brian maintains a private practice in the Ashville, North Carolina area for individuals, groups, and couples, and provides supervision for therapists. Brian and his wife, Marcia Gleason, developed the Exceptional Marriage, a body-based methodology for working with committed relationships. Brian has taught world-wide and trained over two hundred practitioners and therapists in the Embodied Relationship approach. Brian and Marcia co-authored: Going All The Way: The Heart & Soul of the Exceptional Marriage and Exceptional Relationships: Transformation Through Embodied Couples Work. They offer professionals a body mind approach to engage couples. His latest book is: Relative to Everything - Reclaiming Intimacy in a Time of Global Crisis.

Course Curriculum

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