Skip to content

Share page

The Story the Body Tells: Somatic Markers & Relational Wounds

The Story the Body Tells: Somatic Markers & Relational Wounds

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 words cannot be found, 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. This first seminar will introduce some of the ideas and techniques which can lead to understanding and resolving some of the somatic markers of trauma.

Times on both days:

  • 6:00pm to 9:00pm, London UK
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm, New York, USA
  • 12:00 noon – 3:00pm, Chicago, USA

Webinar attendance links can now be downloaded directly from your ticket.

Check what time this course will be on in your time zone with our Time Zone Checker.

For more information on how to access webinar joining links, handouts and video recordings please click here

There is no known commercial support for this programme.
This course does not qualify for CE credits.

Select your currency

$134.22

Discount if you buy more than one ticket for one course. Tell a friend!

Course Credits

CPD: 6 / CE: N/A

Speaker(s)

Miriam Taylor

Course length in hours

6 hrs of video content

Location

Online streaming only

Full course information

Starting from a strong theoretical foundation 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:

  • Principles of neurobiology in trauma
  • Somatic memory – implicit and procedural learning
  • Embodied resonance and the therapist – reading the story
  • 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
  • Self-harm and the body
  • The embodied self: identity, fragmentation and integration

On the second evening, we will consider the relational body and how it conveys its wounds into the therapy setting and beyond. Many people live in or grow up in unsafe relationships which leaves an imprint on their sense of self and their way of being in the world. Such an imprint is primarily embodied. This impacts their ability to form a secure relationship with others, including their therapists. To this extent, it is helpful to think in terms of trauma being ‘relational’.

In this session we will be looking at some of the relational patterns that typically emerge in the therapeutic relationship. These can include some of the most challenging elements of our work as therapists, as well as the most rewarding. Firstly, we will make sense of some of the adaptations that reinforce relational difficulties into adulthood, and this thinking will be explored through the push and pull of attachment issues in the therapeutic relationship. To illuminate this, we will focus next on the therapist’s embodied countertransference. Finally, we will consider effective interventions to help clients transform their relational wounds.

Specifically, the workshop considers:

  • Understanding the significance of the locus of control shift
  • Attachment in the context of survival defences
  • Understanding disorganised attachment
  • Working with shame and shame avoidance
  • Rupture and repair: a protocol for facilitating repair
  • Recognising and working with therapeutic enactments: control, boundaries
  • Developing therapist embodied awareness, presence and support
  • The Window of Tolerance as a relational model
  • Earned adult attachment

© nscience UK, 2022 / 23

What's included in this course

What you’ll learn

Starting from a strong theoretical foundation 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. We will be looking at some of the relational patterns that typically emerge in the therapeutic relationship. These can include some of the most challenging elements of our work as therapists, as well as the most rewarding. Firstly, we will make sense of some of the adaptations that reinforce relational difficulties into adulthood, and this thinking will be explored through the push and pull of attachment issues in the therapeutic relationship.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss the somatic memory – implicit and procedural learning
  • Discuss the embodied resonance and the therapist – reading the story
  • Explain the ambiguous relationship many trauma victims have with pain
  • Explain the significance of the locus of control shift
  • Discuss recognising and working with therapeutic enactments: control, boundaries
  • Discuss The Window of Tolerance as a relational model

You'll also be able to...

Develop the ability to interpret and modulate the body’s nervous system (sensory and autonomic) to regulate arousal levels in clients and for safer trauma therapy

Identify and acquire recovery options and strategies for trauma clients inappropriate for trauma memory processing, particularly for those who don’t want to and those who decompensate or dysregulate from memory work

Also develop the ability to interpret and modulate the body’s nervous system (sensory and autonomic) to regulate arousal levels for professional self-care

About the speaker(s)

Miriam Taylor is a UKCP registered Gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. Having closed her clinical practice after 28 years, Miriam now supervises, teaches and writes. She focusses on the relational aspects of collective trauma, social justice issues and climate change. She teaches in the UK and internationally and is on the Leadership Team of Relational Change. Her publications include ‘Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice’ (2014); ‘Deepening Trauma Practice’ (2021), and several peer reviewed and invited articles.

3 reasons why you should attend this course

What we offer

125+

video courses available

400+

webinars delivered

100+

world-class speakers

What our customers say

We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new e-learning platform for mental health practitioners.

Our easy to search directory website lists the services offered by mental health practitioners throughout the UK.

*Legal text here. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

Get up to 20% off on our new programmes

Be the first to receive ‘early-bird’ offers!

View our Privacy Policy