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Emotional Recognition Practices: Our body is our tool

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Kim Billington, B.Ed; M. Couns.; M. Narrative Therapy and Community Work.
1 Hour 01 Minutes
Nov 22, 2022
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This workshop offers a safe place to explore a basic skill we hope our clients will develop as we work with them towards healing after trauma. As we are learning about the client’s problems and challenges, triggers and safe places, we can model the noticing and naming emotions as they emerge. This is as a somatic, interoception tool to support the regulation of the vagal system.



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



Kim Billington, B.Ed; M. Couns.; M. Narrative Therapy and Community Work.'s Profile

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Kim Billington - Counselling Conversations

Kim is the author of A Counsellor’s Companion: Creative Adventures for Child Counsellors, Parents and Teachers, (2021) as well as a writer of several published articles in the Counselling Australia Journal. Kim’s passion is sharing creative therapeutic interventions that can bring people renewed hope and understandings about themselves, and fresh ideas about how they want to live in the world. Kim’s current work (now mainly using Zoom online) includes counsellor training, child and family counselling, parent consultations, EAP work, clinical supervision, supervising Monash University’s Master of Counselling Students, and Carer’s counselling. Kim has been a regular counsellor training presenter with the Sydney Centre for Creative Change since 2013.

Methods and tools in Kim’s therapeutic toolbox include Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, ACT, CFT, Creative Expressive Arts, Existential Therapy, befriending emotions using metaphors and storytelling, Tree of Life work and creative timelines to understand the life-long emergence of identity.

Kim has previously worked with clients whose adversities include surviving: refugee trauma, family violence, divorce, out-of-home care, bereavement, and carers of family members with mental health troubles. With three years spent responding to callers at Crisis Support Services such as 24/7 MensLine, Kim has also co-facilitated Men’s Behaviour Change Groups.

Kim’s treasure chest of creativity has been overflowing, culminating in writing a book about child counselling, and another on its way about working with adults. Kim hopes to inspire others who are working to support children, young people and adults on their heroic journeys.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kim Billington has employment relationships with Sydney Centre for Creative Change, Alfred Heath & Merri Health, Monash University, and the Victorian Institute of Technology. She receives royalties as a published author. Kim Billington receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kim Billington has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Differentiate their body’s unique responses to emotional stimuli.
  2. Employ reflective questions to facilitate the meeting of a person and their body.
  3. Formulate a simplified practice to integrate one’s current practices with this somatic tool.


  • Participants will notice and explore the emergence of emotions in the body.  
  • Calm is not the endpoint of this inward journey.  
  • Small moments of feeling safe enough to notice what is emerging in the body is a good beginning. 
  • Countertransference is hugely helpful for a clinician as a sensory tool in exploring what is happening for the client/ supervisee. 
  • Our practice of interoception in our own lives, and in session is modelling the value of emotions as a source of key information about and reconnection pathways to the self. 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers



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