We Mind Body Spirit
Wendy Elliott, MA

Kind mind, open heart, calm body

Session I The Body-Mind Connection in Psychotherapy

September 26, 2015, 9-4PM

In this first module, you will be introduced to the foundational concepts and practices of Somatic Psychotherapy and the neuroscience of emotions.  Our focus will be on understanding how a body centered approach syncs with what we now know about the nature of thoughts and feelings. We will examine how our thoughts, feelings, memory, and imagination influence our sensori-motor system and are manifested in the body through sensation, activation, movement and stillness.

  • The Neuroscience of Emotions
  • The Truine Brain
  • Top Down, Bottom Up Processing
  • Sensori-Motor Processing
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Window of Tolerance
  • Understanding the Stress Response
  • Procedural Memory and Action Tendencies
  • Developing a Cohesive Self
Self-Knowledge Skills

This first session will invite participants to step into a Somatic Framework through focused explorations that connect insight and clinical skills with body wisdom.

  • Body Awareness
  • Embodied Empathy
  • Settling

Participants will engage in somatic explorations to build the foundation for sensing, feeling and understanding this work to build self-confidence.

  • Three Part breathing
  • Holding Space
  • Tracking Sensation
  • Sensing and Looking
  • Yielding

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.

At an uncertain period in my painting, when I was returning to work as a full time artist, I invited Wendy Elliot to conduct several sessions for me in the studio wherein I would work to identify and develop the questions and processes that were moving my painting. We would also investigate my history as an artist and the impulses that had previously both advanced and hindered the work. The sessions were deeply helpful and Wendy is unrelenting in her ability to deepen and pursue the questions.