We Mind Body Spirit
Wendy Elliott, MA

Kind mind, open heart, calm body

Session II Healing the Traumatized Mind through Somatic Approaches

November 14, 2015

Traumatic stress occurs when we are overwhelmed by life-threatening experiences and are unable to process or assimilate various reactions (cognitive, emotional and physical.) Failure to integrate these experiences often results in post-traumatic stress disorder.

Likewise, when we encounter situations that we perceive as threatening, our system (thoughts, emotions and body) will respond in a similar way. Perhaps not with the same intensity, yet there is an observable stress response that is evident in how we are thinking, feeling and experiencing the world around us. We do not feel safe. This sense of not being safe is a felt sense, and also occurs for clients who have a relational injury resulting from disturbances in early attachment experiences.

Relational injury or attachment trauma results in limiting beliefs about ourselves and the world and can lead to a wide variety of adult relational problems.

In this session, we will examine how the bottom up reactions of fight, flight and freeze affect cognitive and emotional processes. Working from an integrated model, we will gain skillfulness and understanding for how to support body-mind attunement, emotional stabilization, and cognitive realignment.

  • Understand the physiological basis of trauma.
  • Attachment patterns in psychotherapy.
  • Learn how to integrate mindfulness based techniques (such as awareness and tracking) along with somatic techniques (such as orienting, titrating and establishing continuity through the felt sense) to support emotional self-regulation, cognitive cohesion and somatic integration.
  • Gain an understanding for how to work with depression (hypoarousal) and anxiety (hyperaousal) as well as the complexities of dissociation from an integrated somatic and mindfulness based approach.
  • Deepen embodied awareness (mindful explorations of sensing, feeling and action) to support somatic resourcing and empowerment for the client.
  • Understand how you organize experience and perception in the session.
  • Identify your inner resources that can support the client’s process.
  • Orienting
  • Resourcing
  • Making Contact
  • Staying With
  • Stabilizing

This training is limited to 16 participants and fills fast.
Early registration is recommended.
This 4 day training series is designed to be taken in full.

Wendy Elliott was recommended to me by a friend.  I am a singer/songwriter and drummer plus full time mom with a tendency to put everything before my self.  The daily juggle of the mothering task often combats or inhibits the other worldly plane of existence I must be in in order to make art.  It’s a crazy combination of forces and I knew I needed an artistic and creative therapist to help me hold my own artistic process in as much esteem as my mothering duties-in fact I needed to marry the…