‘Vulnerability is not weakness. [It is] emotional risk, exposure, and uncertainty. Vulnerability is having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. It fuels our daily lives. It is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change… it is the best gauge of true courage.’ Brene Brown

The V Word: Why Vulnerability is a Superpower

Saturday June 5th, 9:30am – 12pm

This live session with psychotherapist and ex rugby player Jon Bell will help you understand vulnerability, how it can help you and those around you, and leave you feeling more capable than ever.

Drawing on years of research, teachings from the sports and psychotherapeutic world as well as the work of Brene Brown, this workshop aims to help you understand the power of building vulnerability-friendly cultures and vulnerable, authentic lives.

Regardless of your background or prior knowledge of shame and vulnerability, this workshop will invite you to question your held beliefs and perceptions about what vulnerability actually is and help you understand how it can be harnessed and applied throughout your life. It promises to be an incredibly powerful session for teams and leaders, sportspeople, curious yogis and anyone looking to live more authentic lives.

The Session

This workshop is designed for:

  • Curious leaders who want to avoid a ‘command and control’ approach
  • Sportspeople, teams and team leaders who want to build open, compassionate and cohesive cultures
  • Those looking to live more authentic lives but still need that little push
  • Anyone for whom vulnerability has been and maybe still remains a fear (and, let’s be honest, that’s nearly all of us)

Vulnerability. It’s a tricky sell. Even Microsoft Word thinks vulnerability means weakness. Right click, go to ‘synonyms’ and you’ll see for yourself. But far from being something that should be hidden or a source of shame, vulnerability is the gateway to authenticity and practiced safely and consistently, can bring our true sense of self to bear, challenging often long-held, sometimes unhelpful perceptions of what and who we’re supposed to be.

This workshop will look at challenging the stereotype of what vulnerability means to a modern world obsessed with ‘toughness’, ‘power’ and the projection of control. Jon will incorporate teachings from across the therapeutic and sporting world to present you with a challenge: to consider the idea of vulnerability as a superpower of which we are all capable.

Drawing on his MA research into vulnerability, Jon’s truly discovered how striving for authenticity can present all of us with a therapeutic template for happier, wholehearted living.

Who’s Jon?

Jon Bell is a qualified integrative counsellor and sports psychotherapist with Jon Bell Counselling & Sports Psychotherapy in York and Associate Therapist with Mantality in Leeds.

Jon is a former professional rugby player and teacher, now living and working in York whilst trying to avoid the temptation to play the ever-enticing ‘one last game’. Jon’s dissertation into vulnerability incorporated the views and perspectives of professional and retired athletes, shining a light on the challenge we all face in presenting ourselves authentically in a world that monetises artificial ‘image’ and very often greets vulnerability with exposure and judgement.

Instagram: @jonbellcounselling_york
Facebook: @JonBellCounsellingYork

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