Trauma and the body - a somatic approach to healing trauma
This introductory workshop is aimed at counsellors and psychotherapists interested in using body awareness to help safely manage and release the affects of trauma in their clients and in their own counter-transference.
Based on the work of Peter Levine and Babette Rothschild, it will focus on bringing compassionate attention to the felt experience in the body as a means of helping to regulate and integrate the experience of trauma.
"Traumatic symptoms are not caused by the event itself. They arise when residual energy from the experience is not discharged from the body. This energy remains trapped in the nervous system where it can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds." - Peter Levine.
The workshop will combine theory, practical demonstration of techniques and experiential work. Participants will have the opportunity to practise in pairs, share, reflect and ask questions, in order to integrate their learning.
Course content will include:
- Learning about symptoms of trauma and how these are stored in the body memory.
- How traumatic symptoms may manifest in the therapy room.
- A sequenced range of techniques to work with trauma.
- Exploring how to release trapped energy and renegotiate the fight/flight response in order to free body, feelings and mind from fixed responses.
- How to build safety through pacing, sequencing, grounding and resourcing in order to avoid re-traumatisation in client and therapist.
The aim is to go beyond catharsis by building awareness, so that freedom and choice are restored. The techniques can be used to work with any charge or discomfort in the body. This approach involves bringing mindful awareness to body sensations and embodying supportive images, rather than the use of touch.
Minimum group size six, maximum 10.
The course is open to qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. Second or third year trainees will be considered, dependent on experience and if they are in personal therapy.
About the host
Catherine Bishop: UKCP reg. Psychotherapeutic counsellor. Trained in Psychosynthesis with further training in using somatic awareness to heal trauma, inspired by her experience of dance. Assisted by Tom Lockyer, a reg. MBACP psychotherapeutic counsellor, trained in Transactional Analysis who has studied Tai Chi and worked as a professional actor.