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Somatic Psychology Series

Online webinars

Speaker: Dr Arielle Schwartz

Date: 24 February 2021, Wednesday and 25 February 2021, Thursday
Location: Online streaming only
(all our online streaming tickets now include complimentary access to a recorded version for 30 days)
Times: 6:00pm to 9:00pm, London, UK time on both days
CPD hours: 3 per workshop

Online Streaming 24 February: £65

Online Streaming 25 February: £65

Online Streaming 24 & 25 February: £120 when both webinars booked together


Without interventions that incorporate somatic awareness and movement, many therapeutic approaches are limited in their ability to help clients fully release the impact of traumatic events. In other words, we cannot simply think our way out of traumatic activation. These two online webinars with Dr Arielle Schwartz, which are part of the nscience Somatic Psychology Series, are aimed at psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors across modalities, who are interested in learning how to integrate somatic psychology interventions into their work with clients.

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Full Course Information

Together, the approaches explained in these two webinars will allow you to work effectively with clients who have experienced single incident traumatic events or prolonged trauma exposure.

Webinar 1, 24 February 2021: Somatic Psychology and Embodied Resources: Preparing Clients for Trauma Reprocessing

Somatic therapists help clients prepare for trauma reprocessing by developing a readily accessible feeling of safety in the body. In part, this relies upon helping clients recognize their own window of tolerance, a concept that refers to an optimal zone of nervous system arousal where clients are able to respond effectively to their emotions. In addition, this preparatory phase of therapy focuses on helping clients expand their tolerance for affect and sensation. This is especially beneficial in the treatment of PTSD when symptoms involve physiological distress, affect dysregulation or dissociation.

In this experiential webinar, we learn how to integrate somatic resources into our therapeutic endeavours, regardless of our primary modalities. Doing so often begins by increasing our ability to observe nonverbal communications in therapy. Using case vignettes and examples, Dr Schwartz guides us to mindfully study embodied relational experiences that emerge during therapy as related to subtle changes in posture, breathing, use of eye contact, movements, use of space and tone of voice. We then learn to guide clients into practices that facilitate a sense of being grounded, empowered and capable of reclaiming a healthy relationship with rest and relaxation.

Specifically, we will:

  • Discuss the theoretical and scientific basis of somatic psychology, particularly looking at a ‘unified approach to Somatic Psychology’ that encapsulates The Science of Embodiment and Somatic Intelligence
  • Comprehend the physiological impact of stress, trauma, and PTSD
    • Mobilization and Immobilization
    • Dysregulation and Dissociation
    • Why working in the Window of Tolerance is essential to successful trauma therapy
  • Engage practical mind-body therapy tools that help clients feel resourced and prepared for trauma processing:
    • Somatic Vocabulary
    • Grounding
    • Postural awareness
    • Proximity Awareness
    • Boundary Development
    • Empowerment
    • Body Mapping
    • Build Affect and Sensation Tolerance
  • Learn how to help clients build affect and sensation tolerance in preparation for trauma processing
  • Work effectively with Affect and arousal regulation in trauma therapy:
    • Mutual regulation and co-regulation
    • Tracking nonverbal communications


Webinar 2, 25 February 2021: Somatic Repatterning and Trauma Reprocessing: Mind-body Approach to Trauma Treatment

This experiential seminar with Dr Arielle Schwartz focuses on a mind-body approach to trauma reprocessing; specifically, through the integration of somatic psychology into cognitive behavioral therapies such as cognitive processing therapy (CPT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. Together, these approaches allow us to work effectively with both episodic and recurring trauma.

Through case vignettes and examples, Dr Schwartz explains that unless we tap into the potential offered by somatic awareness and movement, our therapeutic attempts at helping clients fully release the impact of traumatic events may often be thwarted. In other words, we cannot simply think our way out of traumatic activation. Through the therapeutic interventions shared in this webinar, we will learn to help clients discover new movements that allow them to resolve the wounds of their past. This body-centered approach to care is integrated into cognitive behavioral therapiesto allow clinicians to address preverbal trauma memories, attachment trauma and somatization symptoms. Specifically, we will:

  • practice at least three interventions for working with somatic symptoms in trauma therapy
    • Holding patterns and Character strategies
    • Sequencing
    • Titration
    • Pendulation
  • understand how to work with preverbal memories by attending to somatic sensations
    • Implicit Memory
    • Attachment Trauma and the Body
    • Attending to Legacy Trauma
  • understand neural networks and the formation of traumatic memories
  • comprehend neuroplasticity and trauma recovery
  • describe an integrative model for trauma reprocessing, especially looking at Somatic Repatterning
    • Working with Numbness
    • Interventions to Enhance Embodiment
    • Addressing to Chronic Pain

About the speaker

Arielle Schwartz, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, EMDR Therapy consultant, and certified yoga instructor with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University and holds a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology through Naropa University. She is the author of two books The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Emotional Control and Becoming Whole (Althea Press, 2016) and EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology: Interventions to Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment (W. W. Norton, 2018). Her next book is The Post Traumatic Growth Guidebook (Pesi Publishing, in press). She offers Trainings and Workshops on topics of EMDR Therapy, Somatic Psychology, C-PTSD, and Chronic Pain. She is dedicated to offering informational mental health and wellness updates through her writing, public speaking, social media presence, and blog. Learn more at


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