"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 therapists 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.
Bringing the Body into Practice trainings has a relational, somatic lens that is informed by emergent neuroscience, attachment theory, trauma studies, embodiment practices 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.”
Bringing the Body into Practice, as an orientation, understands the body as historian of one’s life and the holder of the legacies of historical, transgenerational, relational, early attachment and socially perpetuated traumas. We also understand the body as a site of living knowledge. 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 orientation 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 and living.
By Bringing the Body into Practice, the relationally and somatically oriented therapist 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 therapist, the client(s), the community, and the earth.
Emerging from the lineages of Somatic Experiencing and Somatic Transformation, Bringing the Body into Practice trainings and workshops offer the next generation of somatic practice. BBP trainings weave three parallel foundational threads: attachment theory and practice application, somatic psychotherapeutic and right hemispheric principles and practices, and interpersonal, relational practice, into an embodied orientation for the healing of relational and complex trauma. BBP trainings draw from clinical understandings and application of attachment theory, research and application, particularly gleanings from the Adult Attachment Interview; relational practice from an embodied interpersonal psychoanalytic orientation; emergent research from the neuroscience community; embodiment practices; current understandings from trauma studies; earth-based wisdoms; and somatic psychotherapeutic principles and practices.
Bringing the Body workshops and trainings offer immersive, educational experiences that provide self and clinical evolution. As an educator, 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 is praxis oriented and dually focused with an intention to link academic research with clinical practice application that integrates therapist embodiment for personal/professional development.
Bringing the Body into Practice 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 one’s reflexivity and critical awareness of self as embodied therapist. BBP trainings are rigorous in both academic and experiential learning and range from brief introductions to on-going training programmes which offer opportunity for integration of material into one’s practice.