In this highly experiential workshop, participants will explore embodiment, self-experience, and how clinicians can use both with clients who have a history of trauma. Licia offers experiential exercises that create a safe way to explore an interpersonal and neurobiological perspective to therapeutic interactions. Participants will learn how such awareness, starting from the first moments a clinician meets a client, can inform the process of the session.
The latest research shows that our ability to be aware of our bodies impacts how we process sensations and memories, and how we heal from traumatic events. When we have intolerable sensations such as gut wrench and heartache, our heart races, our breathing becomes shallow, our abilities to track time, be present and process language become diminished. The nervous system gets overwhelmed, the body gets so aroused and reactive that the calm and relaxed state needed for healing and connection is difficult to imagine, let alone reach.
Verbally-oriented therapists may wonder how this knowledge can be applied to bring an embodied orientation into clinical practice. How does the therapist help a client learn to calm down their nervous system and become able to tolerate what they feel and notice about themselves? There is no way to teach or guide someone else in attuned self-awareness if you are not able to get into that state yourself.
As therapists, our own body awareness is an important barometer to track the states of both our clients and us within each session. In this workshop, Licia guides discovery through meditation, movement, theater exercises and play to show how this awareness affects the therapeutic container–safety and ability to be present with what emerges within the session. Based on the upcoming book, The Body Keeps the Score Workbook, this program offers an array of non-verbal, experiential exercises drawn from theater, guided focusing, dance, meditation, yoga, bodywork, and Embodied Voice.