Trauma and the therapeutic relationship
Exploring the subtle processes of embodied attunement, empathy and integration.
There have been significant advances in the understanding and treatment of trauma in recent years, which has lead to the development of a range of effective trauma processing models. However, these models have their limitations when we are faced with complex trauma issues, which may have their roots in early childhood and represent unstable, neglectful or abusive attachment scenarios.
This workshop will offer an opportunity for participants to reflect deeply on the complex dynamics and processes we encounter when working with early trauma issues.
We will draw on relevant clinical material and vignettes to illustrate processes of enquiry into complex trauma identity. We will consider issues of building trust, developing embodied empathic attunement, reading the ‘body’s language’ of trauma, engaging with dissociative processes and helping our client develop their capacity for embodied awareness, mentalisation, self-reflection and stabilisation.
The day will have a practical clinical focus throughout, and there will also be opportunities for participants to bring their own clinical material and reflect on specific clinical dilemmas they might be facing.
About Nicki Richardson
Margaret Landale has been working as a psychotherapist for thirty years. She is a UKCP accredited supervisor and has been a training director at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy. She holds a masters in mindfulness and has taught on the ‘mindfulness in individual psychotherapy’ module at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice.