HEALING THE TRAUMA BODY with WILLIAM SMYTHE
Healing the Trauma Body –
A Workshop for Structural Integrators
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Three of the biggest mistakes SI Practitioners make when working with trauma are:
- Failure to provide a safe container leading to client and practitioner overwhelm
- Unclear boundaries
- Not knowing how to navigate the intersubjective field
The process of touching and being touched engages all aspects of our being – physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. We can no longer separate ourselves from our clients as an object needing fixing, but rather engage with them in a relational field where thoughts, feelings, and personal history of client and therapist are intermingling (intersubjectivity). Who we are is expressed as a resonance that can be felt by others within this relational field – they are feeling us as we are feeling them.
This introductory workshop weaves together the perspectives of Somatic Experiencing®, polyvagal theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and somatic psychology in providing us with a foundation for a “hands-on” experiential investigation into resolving trauma through the Structural Integration paradigm.
In this course you will learn how to:
- Identify traumatic symptoms… what you need to know!
- Create a holding environment for both you and your client – resonance.
- Differentiate between somatic transference and somatic countertransference.
- Discover the right use of clinical intuition.
- Use the autonomic stress response to resolve traumatic wounding.
William Smythe, M.A., is a pioneer in the fields of somatic psychology and Rolfing® Structural Integration. He has over 33 years of clinical and teaching experience and has taught Rolfing and somatic therapy workshops and trainings internationally. An early collaborator with Dr. Peter Levine, the originator of Somatic Experiencing®, Bill has a diverse resume of the healing arts. His unique contribution to the SI Community is enriched from his master’s thesis research on “Intersubjectivity and the Practice of Rolfing®” which a segment of is featured in the 2012 Yearbook of Structural Integration.