The Missing Link: Working with the Traumatised Body A one-day workshop with Miriam Taylor London, 27 January 2018 (Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm
Because trauma is fundamentally and implicitly stored in the body, major contemporary therapeutic approaches advocate somatic interventions. It is often the case that the body tells the story for which the client may not have found words yet, and we need to find ways to listen to the story behind the symptoms. For many therapists trained to work verbally or from the ‘top-down’, working with the body is unfamiliar and this workshop aims to encourage therapists to work from the ‘bottom-up’ as well. The workshop will introduce some of the ideas and techniques which can lead to understanding and resolving the somatic markers of trauma. At this practical and clinically oriented workshop which would be relevant for all practitioners working with Trauma (including PTSD, Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders), Miriam Taylor highlights the case for therapists to adopt a body-sensitive approach to trauma. Starting from a theoretical base developed both from neuroscience and existential phenomenology, the body will be considered as the primary organiser and integrator of traumatic experience. A particular focus will be on experiential aspects of working with arousal, sensation and movement, and consideration will be given to trauma-based fears associated with connecting with the bodily self. Through experiential elements and case vignettes, the workshop helps us comprehend: Trauma: a public and personal health issue The neurobiology of trauma – the triune brain, the vagus nerve, HPA axis and the window of tolerance; Hebb’s axiom Somatic memory – implicit and procedural learning The orienting response – assessment and possible interventions Embodied resonance and the therapist – reading the story Dysregulated arousal as a whole-body experience Understanding phobias of bodily experience The ambiguous relationship many trauma victims have with pain Shame and the body Dissociation as disconnection from bodily experience Reconnecting with the lived body – the phenomenological method Breath – how and when to offer a range of techniques Self-harm and the body Reclaiming sexuality after sexual trauma Trauma, self care and long term health About the speaker Miriam Taylor is a UKCP registered Gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor and international trainer who has been in private practice since 1995. Her background was in adult education before she trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist. Working as clinical lead of a young peoples’ service, pointed her towards specialising in trauma, and for several years she worked in a specialist trauma service. Miriam’s particular interest is in the relational integration of trauma and the role of the body. She teaches in the UK and internationally, is an Academic Consultant and examiner for Metanoia Institute, London, and is part of the Leadership Team at Relational Change. Her relevant publications include ‘Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice: Neuroscience, Gestalt and the Body’ published by the OUP in 2014. www.hereandnowely.co.uk Workshop Schedule 9:45AM: Registration 10:00AM: Session 1: Presenting a theoretical framework and methodology for working with the body 1:00PM: Lunch (a light lunch is provided as part of the workshop) 2:00PM: Session 2: Practical interventions 3:15PM: Session 3: Group reflection In the concluding session of the day, Miriam will invite participants to reflect on the day’s discussions and how these link with their experience as therapists. 4:00PM: Close
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