"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."


Registration open

New ONLINE cohort starts FEBRUARY 2022 – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Year One Dates: February 10 – 13; June 23 – 26; September 29 – Oct 2nd, 2022; Year Two tba

MARCH 2022 Hybrid Cohort – REGISTRATION CLOSED – Year One Dates: March 10 – 13, 2022; June 2 – 5, 2022; September 15 – 18, 2022; Year Two tba

Early relational experiences forge a neurophysiological and psychological template of self, often creating insecure attachment which distorts the development of self and impacts relational functioning throughout the lifespan. Corresponding affect management strategies and attachment patterns, accompanied by dysregulation of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), impact one’s self perceptions, world and identity. This legacy of trauma deeply impacts the integrity of the self, creating a split between psyche, body and spirit. Therapists are called to facilitate shifting of affect management strategies, attachment patterning, and support the maturation and development of complex right brain functioning to heal relational trauma, including insecure attachment, PTSD, and chronic shame, rather than merely working with symptom reduction. This training responds to this call and offers an immersive educational experience to deepen embodiment and capacity as therapist.

Throughout the 6, 4 day clinics we delve into the theoretical and conceptual understandings of: the interconnected realms of embodied and imaginal somatic and interpersonal/relational psychoanalytic principles and practices; clinical understandings and application of attachment research, specifically from the Adult Attachment Interview; emergent neuroscience research; trauma studies; embodiment studies and practices, and; earth-based wisdoms. Materials are presented using interactive lecture, discussions, demonstrations, experiential exercises, and coached practice sessions where participants will have opportunities to put the material into practice in a supported learning environment. A group consult to further integrate the material into clinical practice is offered between clinics to further deepen practice, understanding and integration.

This training requires a graduate degree in a mental health discipline. It is rigorous in both academic and experiential learning. Maximum 24 students.

The training will be online. FEES: 1050 per clinic (6 clinics 6300), includes gst


Year One:

  • Increase embodiment and deepen personal and therapeutic ways of knowing
  • Understand and embody the relational importance of empathy, attunement, resonance, and connection
  • Create a living understanding that weaves together: attachment and attachment repair, trauma research, interpersonal neurobiology, affect regulation, relational practice, embodiment, and eco-consciousness
  • Understand the intersection of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), brain, attachment and trauma
  • Utilize The Polyvagal Theory, neuroception, and window of arousal to recognize and apply in clinical practice
  • Recognize the physiological underpinnings of psychological presentations
  • Recognize and utilize somatic skills to address traumatic material
  • Work to restore energetic boundaries and innate defensive and protective strategies that have been thwarted and immobilized by relational and incident trauma
  • Explore and apply right hemispheric processing (sensation, sensory motor, emotion, image/imagination, symbolic/archetypal) to work with organisation, regulation and resolution of traumatic material
  • Identify and understand different attachment patterning and life-span development
  • Explore therapist attachment patterning and implications for practice
  • Explore the sentient world for attachment regulation, resource, and repair

Year Two:

  • Deepen understanding of attachment and attachment repair through therapeutic relationships
  • Understand and work toward reparation of insecure attachment and internal working models
  • Explore vicarious saturation, traumatization and somatic countertransference
  • Work with therapist self-disclosure in the context of attachment repair
  • Recognize and work with patterns of dissociation, dissociative gaps, and survival self-care systems
  • Increase and expand understanding of shame, chronic shame, and how to work with shame dynamics
  • Explore collusion, relational ruptures, breaches, enactments, and their repair
  • Understand addictions and mental health issues through a somatic, affect regulation and trauma lens
  • Work with sexualized assaults/violence in childhood and adulthood
  • Contextualize and work with intergenerational trauma, wisdom & teachings
  • Understand and work with medical trauma and motor vehicle accidents
  • Integrate select Adult Attachment Interview questions for clinical practice application

TO REGISTER: Email trainings@lisamortimore.com to schedule a conversation and receive registration materials


MARCH 2021 COHORT: January 20 – 23, 2022; May 12 – 15, 2022; October 20 – 23, 2022