"When we are called to our life’s purpose we are called not as we are, but to become who we can be."
"The body is 'our primary text and starting point for knowledge.'" Rountree, 2006
"Restoring energetic boundaries and innate defensive and protective strategies that have been thwarted and immobilized."
Advances in the neurosciences have incited a radical shift in complex/relational trauma resolution understanding and practice. This paradigm recognises the interconnectivity of the body, brain, and the autonomic nervous system (ANS) in the resolution of complex/relational trauma and calls for embodied practitioners to carefully integrate right and left brain practices and processes rather than more traditionally oriented, and principally cognitive or left hemispheric approaches to clinical work.
This work orients itself from a relational, somatic lens that is informed by emergent neuroscience, attachment theory, embodiment practices, trauma studies and rests upon the understanding of the interconnectivity of the web of life and the awareness of the importance of social context. This starting point offers a depth and nuanced understanding of how the body is impacted by relationships, circumstances, events, and experiences throughout the lifespan as well as how the body is touched neurophysiologically and psychologically by events beyond the individual life experience.
“The body is the story teller of one’s life.”
This orientation understands the body as the storyteller of one’s life and as the holder of the legacies of historical, transgenerational, relational, early attachment and socially perpetuated traumas. In working to bring greater self and co-regulation of the ANS, a deeper embodiment and connection to nature and the web of life becomes possible. By accessing embodied ways of knowing and processing through the right hemisphere this approach enables deeply nuanced, internal reorganisation and integration of human experience. Through relational processing a deeper understanding and repair of attachment patterns is possible and opens up new possibilities of connection.
By Bringing the Body into Practice, the relationally and somatically oriented practitioner offers ways to shift patterns of neurophysiology that underpin interpersonal relational patterns and emotional, mental, spiritual, and behavioural states and ways of being, that impede healthy functioning. By Bringing the Body into Practice, we utilise bodily ways of knowing to guide processes of relationship with the self and between the practitioner, the client(s), the community, and the earth.
Emerging from the lineages of Somatic Experiencing and Somatic Transformation, Bringing the Body trainings and workshops offer the next generation of somatic practice. These trainings delve into the interconnected realms of somatic and relational psychotherapeutic principles and practices; clinical understanding and application of attachment research, particularly gleanings from the Adult Attachment Interview; emergent research from the neuroscience community; embodiment practices; current understandings from trauma studies; and earth-based wisdoms.
My goal is to foster safe, supportive educational communities that expand clinical skills and expertise in order to better support our communities and the world. My pedagogical approach as an educator is praxis oriented and dually focused with an intention to link clinical practice application with therapist/practitioner embodiment for personal/professional development. As therapists, there is a need to develop and expand personally and professionally to answer the call of our deepest selves and unearth the highest potential for healing of self, others and the earth. Educational opportunities which weave personal openings and clinical practice are critical. Bringing the Body workshops and trainings offer immersive, educational experiences that provide self and clinical evolution.
Trainings explore the theoretical and conceptual understandings of diverse interdisciplinary knowledges and weave an embodied understanding for clinical practice through didactic presentation, demonstrations, experiential exercises, and practice sessions where participants will have opportunities to put the material into practice in a supportive learning environment. Additionally, process questions expand our reflexivity and critical awareness of self as embodied practitioner. Bringing the Body into Practice trainings are highly experiential and range from brief introductions to on-going training programmes which offer opportunity for integration of material into one’s practice.