Somatic Approaches for Healing Developmental Trauma

Unlike shock trauma, developmental trauma happens in relationships over time. Many adults today who feel emotional and physiological distress grew up with invalidating and neglectful attachment figures.

These clients feel disconnected, numb, scared, and stuck. Working somatically is essential to repair this relational wound so clients may learn to trust their own experience. Healing shows up in greater connection and empowerment to self and other.


Embodied Core Therapeutic Presence

As therapists, our vessel, our body and nervous system directly supports our work with clients. Learnning how to drop into our core embodied presence is essential for creating attunement and ressonance with our clients. During this first module, you will practice somatic self-attunement and learn the skills of dual awareness, tracking both arousal states and core presence.

You will have the opportunity to return to your own core presence while also interacting with others. The heart of being a masterful therapist is about being able to attune to yourself, the client and the process. Studio time will include pausing, allowing, grounding, opening, receiving, and responding.

Module 2

Somatic Skills for Healing Shame

The early roots of shame first develop between infant/child and attachment figure through non-verbal communication such as eye contact, touch, proximity, and tone. These roots impact the body, nervous system, and emotional patterns over time.

In this second module, we will focus on repairing shame through similar developmental forms, using the therapy room as the place to reconnect, reattach, and create healthy boundaries. You will be introduced to the five fundamental actions of yielding, pushing, reaching, grasping and pulling.

Module 3

Empowerment and Connection

Integration of a new self results in clients feeling empowerd and having new capacity for positive states that is reflected both somatically and linguistically. Cognitive distortions shift as clients reenter their bodies with greater grounding, connection, and stability. More cohesion is available between core and periphery actions, supporting clients to take and complete actions.

The somatic focus for our final module will be how to support clients as they move into play, sexuality, and social action systems. You will learn how to guide clients through graduated actions and appropriate challenges. Supporting and assisting clients in taking adaptive boundary actions as well as knowing when and how to make safe interventions to help clients experience pleasure. Touch techniques will be introduced in a safe and senstive manner so that you can fine tune your somatic attunement and attention, knowing when and how to contain clients so that self-regulation becomes possible.

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