Working Effectively with Overwhelm and High Levels of Stress

Key Facts

Study Load: 1 Day
Location: Hawthorn East, Victoria
Delivery Mode: In-Person
Intake: Yearly
Fees: $40-250

Course Overview

Many clients present to therapy in a state of overwhelm. They are either highly stressed or they present? or feel? as if they are distant from their experience. Either way, they are stuck in a reactive state and unable to process what they are experiencing and to make adaptive choices in their life situations.

What does this course offer?

This workshop provides experiential learning of the process called Clearing a Space that has been developed in the context of Focusing-Oriented Therapy. It can be utilised as a stand-alone process with many applications. Various research studies have confirmed the effectiveness of Clearing a Space process in:

  • immediately reducing a high level of stress
  • efficiently addressing a person’s state of overwhelm, overstimulation and numbing
  • facilitating a sense of self that is separate from the problems, which enables an instantaneous shift of the whole experience of problems
  • providing incremental release of the bodily tension
  • alleviating sleeping problems
  • promoting a sense of wellbeing for those recovering from cancer and other challenging, chronic health issues
  • supporting students’ learning in all educational settings
  • providing a tool for a mental hygiene for all health professionals

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to apply the Clearing a Space process in their personal life and professional settings.

Course Structure

Delivery Method

This course is delivered from 9.30am until 3.30pm, at 391-393 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East VIC 3123.


Upcoming Course Dates

2023 course dates will be released soon. Please submit your interest here, and you will be notified when enrolments open.

Please note, this course is subject to a minimum number of enrolments and conditional on Government restrictions at the time the course commences. If we are unable to deliver the course face-to-face, the event will be transferred to online delivery. We will email all registered attendees as soon as possible if changes are required. In this case, a free course transfer will also be available for an alternative course date, or a full refund of the course will be made minus any platform ticketing fees.

Our Trainers

Biliana Dearly, Senior Lecturer:

Ms Biliana Dearly is a psychotherapist, supervisor and educator who has experience in working with people of all walks of life presenting with a wide range of problems, including working with individuals, couples, and health professionals. She has a particular interest in experiential, process-oriented therapy and working with the ‘whole person’. Biliana is a senior lecturer at the Cairnmillar Institute and a Certifying Coordinator for The International Focusing Institute, USA.

Further Information


Our course fees are inclusive of GST and cover all course materials, such as presentation slides, handouts and a certificate of completion.

Standard Enrolment: $180
Concession*: $162
External Students or Cairnmillar Alumni: $100
Cairnmillar Student: $40

*Our programs attract a 10% concession for health care card holders, pensioners and people receiving benefits. Those applying for concessions must provide a copy (photo evidence is accepted) of their social security card, or health care card together with their application, via email to


Cairnmillar can offer this or other tailored courses for your organisation’s needs. If you have a group of 10 or more participants, we can come to you. For further information, email the Professional Development Team at or phone 03 9813 3400.

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