Making Friends with Defenses

- How to Address and Work with the Defenses around the Trauma -


People affected by trauma often develop unconscious strategies to avoid the intense emotions related to the trauma. These defense mechanisms function like a buffer around the helplessness, despair, and horror of the trauma and they provide a sense of stability and safety. While very important during the time of trauma later on in life they prohibit a deeper healing and cause disrupted and unsatisfying lives. 


When working with trauma it is very likely that the defenses will show up and get in the way of the therapeutic process. Then it is important to address these defenses yet not to get caught in them.


In this course students will learn hands-on tools and a deeper understanding of:


  • the 3 categories of defenses (survival, compulsion, maladaptive behaviour)
  • how to recognize and address a defense mechanism
  • the Defense Manager to gently move it aside
  • how to support clients to consciously decide not to use their defense mechanism




27. - 29. May, 2016

Friday 3pm - 9pm

Saturday 10am - 7pm

Sunday 10am - 4pm



Szenen Institut for Psychodrama

Barbarossaplatz 7

50674 Cologne, Germany



Axel Eichel, Germany

Caitlin Buon, England


language: English with occasional translation into German, if required


participants: min 5 - max 12


tuition fee: 260 Euros


  • Please send an email to Axel Eichel stating the name and date of the seminar.
  • I will send you my bank details and ask you to transfer the tuition fee.
  • Once your transference has arrived your seat is reserved and I will send you a confirmation.

cancellation policy:

  • All requests for cancellations and/or transfers must be received in writing.
  • Changes will become effective on the date of written confirmation being received.
  • The appropriate cancellation charge will apply based on the cost of your booking (excluding any card processing fees and/or booking fees previously applied), as shown below.



Calendar days notice before the start date of the event

Refund applicable

15 calendar days or more

80% refund of basic attendance fee

Between 1 and 14 calendar days (inclusive)

No refund will be given

Failure to attend

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  • In the event of there being insufficient numbers booked onto the event we reserve the right to cancel or postpone the event.
  • In the event of cancellation of the event by us, we will endeavour to inform all participants a week before the event is due to take place, although please be aware that this is not always possible. All event fees paid will be reimbursed in full. We shall not accept liability for any consequential loss and shall have no liability to reimburse any other costs that may have been incurred, including transport costs, accommodation etc.