Developing a Trauma Mindset A one-day workshop with Miriam Taylor London, 11 October 2019 (Friday) 10:00am - 4:00pm
In order to work successfully with clients who have experienced trauma, we, as therapists, need to develop a mindset that orients us towards a clear understanding of what we are working with. Have we considered the physiological process of trauma? Have our clients experienced victim blaming or come face-to-face with retraumatisation? Have we looked beyond the apparent diagnoses of depression, anxiety, eating and / or personality disorders to segregate the relational manifestations of underlying trauma? The Trauma Mindset can be a useful tool that allows us to objectively make informed and effective interventions, engage in realistic treatment planning and comprehend some of the complex relational issues that traumatised clients can present with. At this practical and clinically oriented workshop which would be relevant for all practitioners working with Trauma (including PTSD, Complex Trauma and Dissociation Disorders), Miriam draws on emerging evidence from neuroscience to explain how we have to take the physiology of trauma into account in order to avoid recreating and rekindling the feeling of trauma. Through illustrative case vignettes and discussions, the workshop looks at several ways of conceptualising trauma through the lens of the clients’ experience: Firstly, we illuminate some of the ways the body is implicated in trauma responses. This points in the direction of more appropriate treatment planning and we consider the role of narrative, story and regulation in this context Then, we will address the issue of often misunderstood symptoms and how to make new sense of these, including some typical relational dynamics. Dissociation merits special attention as an adaptation to extreme or enduring stress or danger, and we will consider ways of understanding this phenomenon Next, we will look at the integrated physiological, emotional and cognitive states of the model known as ‘The Window of Tolerance’ – and consider how this model is universally applicable and yet highly subjective and fluid We evaluate how the subjective experience of extreme distress can be understood and how we can intervene at the somatic level to help cultivate a wider window of tolerance Finally, we will explore together methodologies to help define and regulate confusing symptoms and trauma presentations
About the speaker Miriam Taylor is a British Gestalt psychotherapist (UKCP registered), 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. She was clinical lead of a young peoples’ service and for several years worked in a specialist trauma service. Miriam’s particular interest is in the integration of trauma and the role of the body from a relational field perspective. She teaches in the UK and internationally, has been a trainer, is an Academic Consultant and examiner for Metanoia Institute, London, and is part of the Leadership Team at Relational Change. Her publications include ‘Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice: Neuroscience, Gestalt and the Body’ published by the OUP in 2014 and several peer reviewed and invited articles.

Continuing professional development through seminars, workshops and conferences for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists.