Eros, Aggression, & Vitality: Applying Embodied Presence in Clinical Practice

Michael Mervosh, M.Ed. (PS-007863-L)

15 CEUs*

Eros, Aggression, & Vitality
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About the Workshop

This workshop is intended for clinicians or those who want to learn more about working with character issues within a therapeutic context. A basic premise of a depth clinical approach, when we perceive more deeply into our personal experiences with human eros and aggression, is this: what we cannot experience positively, we will inevitably experience negatively.

Therefore, in this highly experiential workshop, we will explore the following:

  • The capacity of the practitioner to embody life-activating eros and life-affirming aggression within one’s self.
  • Accessing clinical pathways that bring forth, in safe and enlivening ways, eros and aggression from within the client, and at times, against the practitioner.
  • Gaining useful clinical orientations towards the enlivening nature of eros within the client, and the usefulness of exploring erotic fantasies and transferences.
  • Gaining useful clinical orientations towards both life-affirming and destructive aggressive impulses, and re-integrating these into the wholeness of the client.
  • Realizing embodied eros and life-affirming aggression as a source of vitality and aliveness within the self, for both the client and the practitioner.

Our explorations of the deeper and more complex parts of our humanity will take us into the depths of a dynamic tension – one that must respect both our desire to reveal and our desire to conceal.

We will also explore what it takes to first allow our desires to live within us in an embodied way; then explore the vulnerability of expressing our desires, without attaching demands of expectations on the objects of our desire.

In this workshop, we intend to do the following:

  • Explore both the internal as well as the external resources necessary to move beyond traditional resistances to change or growth and how this applies to habitual patterns of stuck-ness, deadness and disconnection in psychotherapeutic processes.
  • Look more purposefully into the inevitability of confronting anxieties that arise when we approach potentially meaningful and renewing encounters with embodied eros and aggression in clinical work, both within the self and with another.
  •  Learn effective ways to challenge ego-syntonic and long-established character traits that constrict our life force, and learn to let go of what no longer serves our vitality.
  •  Grow our appreciation for how the function of aggression moves our lives forward in present moment time, which supports the embrace of new possibilities for love and passionate engagement.
  •  Understand the differences between life-creating and life-destroying aggression, and have opportunities to explore these differences in encounters with other workshop participants.
  •  Develop our capacity to receive and contain erotic desires and aggressive force coming from our clients.   We do this by working with ‘against-ness’ as an enlivening function.
  •  Explore the clinical functions of life-giving and empowering fantasies; then contrasting these with more defensive, destructive and regressive fantasies – with both sexuality and aggression – learning how to move from the destructive to the creative.


Workshop participants will do this through our practices of mindfulness and conscious embodiment, energizing the life-giving, dynamic tension we experience between states of stability and disturbance.

Workshop participants will gain more clarity about what is ‘worth the struggle’ when it comes to our deepest desires, and better discern when struggles are simply distractions and avoidances from the effort needed to bring ourselves more fully alive.

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Michael Mervosh, M.Ed. (PS-007863-L)
Michael is a licensed clinical psychologist with MGM Psychological Associates in Pittsburgh, PA. He has been devoted to full-time private practice, providing intensive individual and group psychotherapy at the Nuin Center in Pittsburgh, PA for the past 25 years. Michael founded and directs the Hero’s Journey Foundation as well as the Psychoenergetics Training Program, teaching and training practitioners internationally in Body-Mind process facilitation.


9:30a               Orientation and Introductions
10:00a - 1:00p  Experiential, Lecture, and Demonstration
1:00p - 2:30p    Lunch Break
2:30p - 5:30p   Lecture, Experiential Practice, Supervision

8:30a - 12:30p  Mindfulness/Embodiment Practice, Lecture,
12:30p - 2:00p  Lunch Break
2:30p - 5:30p   Experiential Practice Dyads and Supervision

8:30a - 12:30p  Mindfulness/Embodiment Practice, Lecture,
12:30p - 2:00p  Lunch Break
2:30p - 5:00p   Experiential Practice Dyads and Supervision
5:00p - 5:30p   Closing and Evaluation

About Embodied Depth Work

Throughout this particular workshop, participants will be introduced to various methodologies of PsychoEnergetics, our uniquely crafted body-mind approach to process work and depth facilitation.

PSEN depth work is designed to engage practitioners in the depths of their psychic orientations through lived experiences in the body.

  • We deepen through embodiment – through experiential exercises, mindfulness meditations, ‘presencing’ practices, and depth facilitation sessions.
  • We provide ways to work directly with the body self of another, and explore ways to intervene on the constraining nature of our limiting beliefs in the psyche.
  • Most importantly, practitioners are provided with opportunities to develop a sense of their own ‘embodied mindfulness’ as a healing presence.


Please contact Jimena Galfaso with any event related questions or comments at
*Course meets the qualifications for 15 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
CEU Certificates: Course completion certificates will only be offered to participants who attend the full training. They will be emailed to the email address on record for the participant approximately 2 weeks after the event.
Refund/Cancellations: A full refund will be given with a written cancellation received 1 week prior to the event. No refund will be given for cancellations within a week of the event. 
Disability/Grievances: To learn about disability accommodations or receive a copy of the WMI grievance procedure, please contact Jimena Galfaso at
The Wise Mind Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for this event. The Wise Mind Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.