This two-day module explores somatic approaches to healing trauma, drawing on the body’s natural resources and capacity for self-healing.
Neuro-scientific research shows us that the instinctual parts of the brain that process trauma in humans are the same as in any other mammal. However, animals in the wild seem to be able to easily ‘shake-off’ and recover from the freeze response, rapidly returning to normal functioning, while humans experiencing the same immobility response are often not able to regain homeostasis in the same way.
Traumatic symptoms in humans are caused by a ‘frozen’ residue of energy, that has not been resolved or discharged after a traumatic event. This residue remains trapped in the nervous system, where it causes havoc to our bodies and minds. The key to healing these symptoms lies in being able to mirror the fluid adaptation of animals, as they ‘shake out’ the immobility response, and return to full mobility and functionality.
We will cover:
Helping clients out of a dissociative state and back into their bodies
Working with the ‘animal’ body, using visualisation and movement
Dance of Soma & Psyche III: Attachment Trauma and the Body
In traumatic attachment – where the parent is the perpetrator – the child is in the impossible situation of needing to seek proximity for survival while at the same time defending against their care giver. In the therapy room, we see this conflict in our clients bodies and how they relate to us – a yearning for closeness while at the same time closeness feels dangerous. This can cause challenges in the therapeutic relationship. If these challenges can be worked through, the therapeutic relationship can offer the client a reparative experience and the opportunity to heal early attachment trauma.
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Module 2 – Healing Trauma may be taken individually, or as a part of a year-long course leading to certification.
Module 3 – Attachment Trauma could not be taken before first completing module 2.