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IIBA PRESENTS - Schizoid Character: An Existential Struggle for the Right to Exist

  • 13 Oct 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online

Short summary


At the very beginning of life, when an infant comes into the world in a cold and hostile environment, his young and fragile organism is profoundly impacted by the lack of a warm and safe “ground” supportive of his growth. Hence, the infant experiences a state of shock as he struggles to survive in an adverse environment. This primitive experience will shape his relationship to himself, to others, and to the world. 

In this webinar we will explain the kind of family dynamics the schizoid person grew up in, and how the lack of safety affected him somatically, psychically as well as in his attachment pattern. We will discuss transference and countertransference issues that arise in the work with a person of the schizoid type. Finally, we will see how to create a safe therapeutic environment and how to use bioenergetic exercises to help that person reconnect with an inner experience of safety and aliveness. 

Learning objectives


1. Identify the family dynamics conducive to the elaboration of a schizoid structure from a bioenergetic perspective.

2. Describe tension patterns and understand their relationship to the psychic organization of the schizoid structure.

3. Understand the type of attachment pattern as well as the neurobiological implications related to the lack of a safe base early in life.

4. Analyze transference and countertransference issues in working with Schizoid clients.

5. Experiment various bioenergetic exercises designed to help patients feel the aliveness in their body.

Presented by Louise Fréchette

Presenters bio


Louise Fréchette is a member of the international faculty of the IIBA, member of the Société Québécoise d’Analyse Bioénergétique (SoQAB). She is a practicing bioenergetic analyst since 1980, in Montreal, Quebec. Since 1987, she has been teaching Bioenergetic Analysis in Canada, in the United States, in France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Russia, as well as in Argentina, Brazil and New Zealand.

Webinar details


Date: October 13, 2022

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 am (PDT)

Location: Webinar

Cost: Free! 

CEU information: Not available


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Houston, TX 77055


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