Characterological Based Strength Training (CBST™)

Thorodin offers Characterological Based Strength Training (CBST™), a method developed by George MacIlwinen, MA, LPC, CAC I, GEP, ACE-CPT. This is the world’s first psychotherapeutic method combining counseling/psychotherapy/somatic psychotherapy with an approach to fitness, personal training, and bodybuilding. This involves engaging in both Counseling/Somatic Psychotherapy and Personal Training/Bodybuilding concurrently as you work through characterological patterning both physically, mentally, and emotionally.

To get updates about the upcoming book “CBST – Characterological Based Strength Training™: The World’s First Holistic Psychotherapeutic Modality Combining Fitness and Psychotherapy.”, or for upcoming professional training in 2016 in CBST™ for both fitness professionals and mental health professionals, send an inquiry through the webmaster here.

About the practitioner and approach:

I am an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Somatic (body) Psychotherapist. I offer fitness and strength training to a variety of clients. I have been an avid lifter since age 15, and for over 20 years have practiced a lifestyle associated with fitness and health. I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor with 11 years of education and training, additionally certified in Gestalt-Equine Psychotherapy and Addictions Counseling.

One of my specialties is in the treatment of trauma through working with the body, as a psychotherapist trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, to assist clients in resolving anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms that result. As a psychotherapist trained to work with the body, I understand the mind-body connection. As humans, we carry much within ourselves (beliefs, habitual emotions) that in time changes our body’s structure. The body comes to reflect these emotional patterns and beliefs in what are termed “Characterological Structures.”

The way we hold ourselves and move our bodies reflect our Characterological Structure and associated beliefs about ourselves and the world, including what we believe is possible for ourselves – which may or may not actually be true!

For example, some individuals exhibit “collapsed” characterological structures, other more “rigid”, and many variations in-between. As one comes to hold their body in such a way, which again is potentially informed by habitual emotions and beliefs of varying levels, the body may begin to have structural changes which serve to promote or inhibit change. As such, somatic psychotherapy may be supported by resistance training with an aim towards bodybuilding, which will specifically address the individuals unique characterological expression/body structure and support and enhance integration of empowering new ways to think, feel, and be in the world.

As such, I offer Characterological Based Strength Training (CBST™), a method I have developed and exclusively practice. This combines Counseling/Somatic Psychotherapy and Personal Training/Bodybuilding. Indeed, CBST™ is an entire approach to fitness in and of itself! If you choose to take your training into this realm, beyond simply fitness and strength training, the nature of the professional relationship would change to include a professional counseling relationship. As such, the client is challenged with a unique fitness and/or bodybuilding program tailored to them and their unique characterological expression!

There are both strengths and weaknesses associated with our characterological patterning and expression. The focus of the training may be working with posture, structural shifts in the body that have become ingrained, and corresponding beliefs, emotions, and thoughts – specific to the individual and their “Characterological Structure” – with goals of creating greater alignment in the body, increasing strength, while noticing and integrating the positive shifts in thoughts, emotions, flow of energy and beliefs!

For professionals:

For professional interested in receiving training in CBST™ in 2019 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.