George MacIlwinen, MA, LPC, CAC I, GEP, ACE-CPT

George comes from North Carolina and Georgia, and currently lives in Boulder, Colorado. He has a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia State University. He holds certifications in Gestalt and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Addiction’s Counseling, Personal Fitness Training and has received specialty training for the treatment of trauma, as well as developmental and attachment issues from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.

Exercise and resistance training in particular are well known preventive health measures which are also effective for improving mental health, treating post-acute withdrawal, depression, and anxiety.

George has created CBST™ (Characterological Based Strength Training) a method combining Psychotherapy and Fitness. CBST™ takes into account a person’s bodily expression (posture, movements, and structural changes in the body that may result) of habitual emotions, beliefs about themselves, and beliefs about what is or isn’t possible. This method may be used to address depression, anxiety, “stuck” or repeating life patterns,  and trauma/ptsd. This is a truly holistic method of psychotherapy and the fist method in the world to combine Psychotherapy and Fitness Training.

George believes that healing happens when we are in relationship with others, ourselves, and our environment. He works with individuals on cognitive, spiritual and somatic levels to deepen therapeutic effectiveness by engaging the whole system in the healing process, drawing upon 11 years of training in Psychology and psychotherapeutic technique.

Thorodin Counseling and Consulting, LLC

Thorodin Counseling & Consultung, LLC, offers Psychotherapy, Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, Fitness and Strength Personal Training, Counseling and Consulting services to individuals, families, and various entities including: business teams and organizations, active-duty military, veterans, and their families. Thorodin Counseling & Consulting, LLC is an approved Certified Out-of-Network Provider for TRICARE. Our mission is to increase quality of life by helping to create the conditions for improved mental and physical well-being.

Thorodin also offers Personal Training to clients engaged otherwise in psychotherapy. We work with the treating/referring therapist and client, as an adjunct to the work currently being done. This may add resources, create movement, and further integration!

Thorodin offers Characterological Based Strength Training (CBST™) is a method developed by George MacIlwinen, MA, LPC, CAC I, GEP, ACE-CPT. This involves engaging in both Counseling/Somatic Psychotherapy and Personal Training/Bodybuilding concurrently as you work through characterological patterning both physically, mentally, and emotionally.

For professional interested in receiving training in CBST™ in 2016 in Boulder, Colorado, you may sign up here for our mailing list to receive updates and further information. This training will be available to both Mental Health Professionals and Fitness Professionals.

Thorodin Counseling & Consulting, LLC, was formed at the base of Thorodin Mountain in Colorado, USA. The name references Odin and Thor, both empowering, benevolent figures for humanity referenced in the ancient mythologies of several cultures of the world. Our logo is a Bindrune, representing Thor/Mjolnir, Odin, positive mental & physical transformation, the ego & humankind, and the horse/partnership (, honoring the ancestors and deep culture of the owner, who used runes often in their daily lives.


Learn more about George’s specialty psychotherapy training here:


Gestalt Equine Assisted Psychotherapy™ is an existential and experiential psychotherapy where horses partner with people to facilitate our experience in the present moment. Awareness, relationship and healing is cultivated through the therapist-client-horse relationship, the exploration of self within the environment, and the dynamics of contact.

Horses are teachers of self-awareness; they are keenly alert, intuitive, emotional, and authentic animals. Like humans, horses are social beings that live together in herds with defined hierarchies, roles, responsibilities, and relationships very similar to our family systems. Horses maintain a state of constant awareness. Their survival depends on instinctively scanning all aspects of their environment. Interacting with horses can help illuminate our patterns of contact, allowing us to receive direct and immediate feedback from the horse on our intentions, behaviors, and incongruities. Gestalt Equine Assisted Psychotherapy™ offers the client new opportunities and choices for relationship and emotional growth.

GEIR Certification Training consists of approximately 270 contact hours over 2 years.


Level I Training:

“Traditional psychotherapy addresses the cognitive and emotional elements of trauma but lacks techniques that work directly with the physiological elements, despite the fact that trauma profoundly affects the body and that so many symptoms of traumatized individuals are somatically driven, including affect intolerance, autonomic reactivity, vegetative depressive symptoms, impulsivity, and anxiety. All of these clinical issues are inaccessible or difficult to treat in a talking therapy context without a way to include the bodily symptoms in treatment.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy builds upon traditional psychotherapeutic techniques and principles, but approaches the body as central in the therapeutic field of awareness, and includes observational skills, theories, and interventions not usually practiced in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Theoretical principles and treatment approaches from both the mental health and body psychotherapy traditions are integrated in this approach. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy draws from body-oriented psychotherapy methodology pioneered by Ron Kurtz (Kurtz, 1990), as a foundation for therapeutic skills and incorporates theory and technique from psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, neuroscience, and the theories of attachment and dissociation.

A very high percentage of clients in outpatient treatment and a higher percentage of inpatients report histories of neglect, trauma, and/or attachment failure. In addition to being diagnosed with PTSD, this client population often presents as affectively dysregulated, chronically depressed, exhibiting symptoms of bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and borderline or other personality disorders. Level I of The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy(R) Training Program in Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma equips therapists to better understand the symptoms and issues of these challenging client populations and to work with them in a more effective way. With a better understanding of the presenting problems of these clients and equipped with interventions that speak directly to how their issues are driven by the body and the nervous system, students will be able to directly impact the direction of treatment not for these client populations but also in their practice settings.

The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I Training presents simple, body-oriented interventions for tracking, naming, and safely exploring trauma-related, somatic activation, creating new competencies and restoring a somatic sense of self. Students will learn effective, accessible interventions for identifying and working with disruptive somatic patterns, disturbed cognitive and emotional processing, and the fragmented sense of self experienced by so many traumatized individuals. Techniques are taught within a phase-oriented treatment approach, focusing first on stabilization and symptom reduction. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy can be easily and effectively integrated into psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and EMDR-focused treatments.”

The Level I Training consists of approximately 80 contact hours over 1 year.

Level II Training:

“Sensorimotor Psychotherapy identifies two general kinds of interrelated psychological issues: developmental and traumatic. Developmental issues result from disturbed early attachment relationships that lead to limiting beliefs about oneself and the world. Post-traumatic stress disorder results from overwhelming experience that remains unintegrated. Early attachment disturbances can lead to a wide variety of adult relational problems, especially when combined with unresolved trauma.

Level II of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training Program illustrates how traumatic, attachment, and developmental issues influence one another and how to provide effective treatment given their inevitable intertwining. In this training, research from the attachment and neuroscience fields provides the theoretical foundation for Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions and practices that address the effects of suboptimal and/or traumatic early attachment.”

The Level II Training consists of approximately 180 contact hours over 1 year.