A Somatic Approach to Working with Trauma – November 12 and 13, 2021

With Meena Ramaswamy and Pamela Thompson

Registration fee: $400 (student/nonprofit $300)

After trauma the world is experienced with a different nervous system. The survivor’s energy now becomes focused on suppressing inner chaos, at the expense of spontaneous involvement in their life.”  Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

Learning how the body (somatically) experiences trauma and how it organizes itself following traumatic experiences is the focus of this workshop.  Learning how to address the somatic implications of trauma is recognized as an important part of working with those who have been traumatized and is considered by many to be the most effective way to help clients in recovery and in reintegration into their lives.

A Somatic Approach to Working with Trauma

Through lecture, demo, and practice exercises, this workshop will introduce you to somatic approaches you can use with clients:

  • The Hakomi Principles as they relate to working somatically with trauma
  • Understanding how to recognize and utilize somatic cues to restore physical and emotional regulation states from dysregulated states
  • Working through faculty neuroceptions and the embodied threat responses those affected by trauma often experience
  • Ethical practice in physicalizing techniques for working with the physical trauma responses
  • Self-caring strategies for therapists working with trauma

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Friday November 12 to Saturday November 13

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Meena Ramaswamy CHT.,R. Psych., City U Faculty. Meena has over 10 years’ experience working with trauma in private practice and community agencies.

Pamela Thompson, CHT., M.A., R.Psych., Hakomi Trainer. Pamela has been working in the field of trauma for over 25 years. She has trained in a number of somatic approaches to working with trauma