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Somatic Therapy: Interventions to Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment e-learning course

e-learning course 

Speaker: Dr Arielle Schwartz

Product: e-learning course
Price: £60

CPD Hours: 3

Instructions on how to access the e-learning course will be included in a downloadable document in your booking confirmation email (under ‘Download’). The e-learning course becomes available within 24 hours from placing the order and online access remains available for 2 years from the date you receive the e-learning course.

Somatic Therapy emphasizes body awareness as an essential part of psychotherapy. This is especially beneficial in the treatment of PTSD when symptoms involve physiological distress, affect dysregulation, or dissociation. Traditional approaches to therapy attend to the cognitive and emotional aspects of clients’ lives, while the somatic experience is often left out of the room. Our bodies need to process stressful and traumatic events through breath and movement. Unfortunately, we are often taught to sit still and override movement impulses. As a result, the biological effects of stressful or traumatic events tend to persist long after events have passed. “Talk therapy” can perpetuate this culture of stillness unless the therapist has the training and skills to integrate the body into psychotherapy. Interventions to enhance embodiment in trauma treatment expand the therapeutic experience beyond where words can take a client. 

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Full Course Information

In this engaging and informative e-learning course by Dr. Arielle Schwartz, we learn the science of embodiment and why somatic psychology is essential for helping clients work with dysregulated affect and arousal states that accompany PTSD. We discuss the key principles of modern day somatic psychology modalities including the value of working mindfully, relationally, and experientially. We will discuss the difference between “top-down” and “bottom-up” interventions and how they can be used to strengthen clients’ “window of tolerance.” We will also explore how somatic processing of traumatic events can be combined with other trauma treatment modalities (e.g. EMDR Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Narrative Exposure Therapy).

The e-learning course will be especially useful for psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors who are interested in learning how to integrate somatic psychology interventions into their work with clients, considering:

·      The theoretical and scientific bases of somatic psychology

·      The cognitive, emotional, and physiological impact of stress, trauma, and PTSD

·      Why working in the “Window of Tolerance” is essential to successful trauma treatment

·      Examples of “top-down” and “bottom up” interventions in trauma treatment

·      The importance of mutual regulation as a precursor to the development of self-regulation of affect and arousal

·      Specific interventions to enhance embodiment in trauma treatment

·      How somatic processing of traumatic events can be combined with other trauma treatment modalities (e.g. EMDR Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Narrative Exposure Therapy)

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 Masters degree in Somatic Psychology through Naropa University. She is the author of three books: The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Emotional Control and Becoming Whole (Althea Press, 2017), EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology: Interventions to Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment (W. W. Norton, 2018) and The Post Traumatic Growth Guidebook. She is a core teacher with The Maiberger Institute offering Advanced Workshops on topics of EMDR Therapy, Somatic Psychology, Attachment Trauma, and Chronic Pain. Her psychotherapy practice specializes in PTSD, Complex PTSD, grief and loss, resilience, and therapeutic yoga. 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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