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The Applied Somatic Counselling Skills module is an important part of the 550-hour and 850-hour Yoga Therapy Diplomas. In this course, you will learn some of the counselling skills that you will need for your work as a Yoga Therapist.

Esther van der Sande will guide you to experience increased awareness of internal sensations and how to master skills, such as self-regulation, to facilitate the process of healing from both physiological and psychological wounds.

This module can also be valuable and appropriate for individuals who may not have experienced a specific trauma but would like to extend their counselling skills.

A Training for Yoga Therapists, coaches, psychologists, and psychotherapists & counsellors.

As a Yoga Therapist, you have already been trained to tailor the practice to the person, and while the aim is to help people regain or maintain health through movement and breathing, we know there’s always a psychological component to the healing process.

As a psychologist or psychotherapist, you are taught a specific way to engage with a client, via talk therapy, from a top-down approach and how to “address” issues with your client.

In this Applied Somatic Counselling Skills module, you will learn about identifying the source of a challenge, how to apply invitational language when working with the physical body, and how to get to the core of the trauma.

This unique approach will help you gain more confidence in your work and facilitate your client’s healing journey in a safe manner.

The Programme

What you’ll learn during this online course:

  • What are applied somatic counselling skills in Yoga Therapy?
  • The importance of self-awareness during the process
  • How attitudes and values can affect the partnership
  • Building a relationship of trust with physical work
  • Creating a safe place for change
  • The value of listening, silence, and holding space
  • Accurate empathy and the relevant response
  • Using language and metaphors effectively
  • Turning theory into practice and practising the skills

Applied Somatic Counselling Skills is led by Esther van der Sande, a  psychotherapist, trauma-sensitive yoga facilitator (in TCTSY), trainer & mentor at Trauma Sensitive Yoga Nederland.

All of Esther’s skills and experience are brought to bear in this workshop, giving students a thorough grounding of basic counselling skills and how they relate to Yoga Therapy.

Applied Somatic Counseling Skills offers students an opportunity to build space for self-awareness and reflection, as well as being able to help their clients with an informed and empathetic approach.


  • Applied Somatic Counselling Skills for Yoga Therapists – 14-18 October 2024
  • Applied Somatic Counselling Skills for Yoga Therapists – 14-18 April 2025


€650 per person (excluding 21% VAT)

Please contact us to find out more at kaz@theyogatherapyinstitute.org or to reserve your space.

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