Upcoming Events


Melting the Shame Freeze – Using Somatic Techniques to Create Safety and Build Attunement

Shame is an embodied belief that “Something is wrong with me.” Because shame exists in the body as well as in the mind, it is helpful for therapists to work with shame somatically. In this workshop, we will explore how to utilize somatic techniques to connect more quickly with the client and forge a strong therapeutic alliance. Continue reading

Upcoming Group Case Consult and SE Demos, Master Classes, and other events with Dr. Peter A. Levine

The Foundation for Human Enrichment – The Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute Presents: Dr. Levine Upcoming Events Continue reading

International Breema Week

Celebrate International Breema Week – January 7, 2017 Continue reading

AN INTRODUCTION TO NARM – Online Webinar

Friday, March 10, 2017 – This 2-hr online webinar will offer an overview of developmental trauma from a NARM perspective. Understanding and being able to work with developmental dynamics is critical for helping our clients in their healing process. We will look at how clients’ life experiences present themselves in the context of a complex, psychobiologically-driven relational framework that is often largely unconscious. This framework, laid down by our early attachment experiences, shapes our development, who we are in the world (our self), and how we relate to others. When clients are having difficulty shifting out of patterns of dysregulation, these implicit dynamics are at play and must be addressed. The NARM approach weaves together a somatic or body-based (bottom-up) process while simultaneously working with clients’ identity and relational dynamics (top-down). Continue reading

International Breema Week

We are pleased to announce the 2017 International Breema Week, a week of introductory classes, mini-sessions, and events taking place around the world. Continue reading

NARM PRACTITIONER TRAININGS – Begins 2017!

Working relationally in the present moment, NARM draws on psychodynamic models, such as attachment and object relations theory, and somatic models in addressing the link between psychological issues and the body. Grounded in mindfulness and contemplative spiritual practices, NARM supports a non-western orientation to the nature of the Self. Learning how to work simultaneously with these diverse elements is a radical shift that has profound clinical implications for healing complex trauma. Continue reading

AN INTRODUCTION TO NARM – Online Webinar

This 2-hr online webinar will offer an overview of developmental trauma from a NARM perspective. Understanding and being able to work with developmental dynamics is critical for helping our clients in their healing process. We will look at how clients’ life experiences present themselves in the context of a complex, psychobiologically-driven relational framework that is often largely unconscious. Continue reading

DEVELOPMENTAL SOMATIC PSYCHOTHERAPY: Integrating Movement as Diagnosis and Treatment within Therapy, May 19-21, 2017

Ruella Frank will explore the intricate relational moves of embodied intersubjectivity between parent and baby and it’s functional similarity to experiences unfolding within the patient-therapist relationship — with children, couples and individual adults. Continue reading

INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENTAL SOMATIC PSYCHOTHERAPY, January 21-22, 2017

During this workshop, participants learn how their relational styles originated through affective/movement patterns within the infant/caregiver dyad. Through movement, participants will explore these intrinsic yet unaware primary patterns which are part of present experiences and influence daily life. We then apply this understanding to the here-and-now of the client/therapist dyad.
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HEALING SHAME: A Workshop for Therapists and Other Helping Professionals

HEALING SHAME: A Workshop for Therapists and Other Helping Professionals With Sheila Rubin LMFT, RDT/BCT, Drama Therapist & Bret Lyon… Continue reading

How to Cope with Disappointment

How do you deal with disruption/change/shock/disorientation/feeling like the bottom just fell out and you don’t know which end is up? Several clients have spoken lately of feeling confounded: “…Like being in the middle of deep water, so I can’t touch down anywhere, and I don’t know which way land is. There’s nothing to hold onto. I’m disoriented and don’t know what to do—but I can’t stay where I am and have to do something.” Continue reading

Introduction to the Enneagram Workshop in Portland, Oregon

We’ll be giving an Introduction to the Enneagram Workshop in Portland, Oregon on 02/25 or 02/26 (two sessions) via Kami… Continue reading

Yoga & Psyche: Where Somatic Experiencing® Meets Yoga

This training is open to all new or seasoned professionals in the mental health, Somatic Experiencing, and yoga fields. Only SEPs will receive credits toward the Post-Advanced SEP Certificate.
This workshop will introduce students—novice through advanced—to the foundational principles of Somatic Experiencing® through explanation, demonstrations, and partner work. We will then discover how these practices blend seamlessly with yoga, including asana/postures, breathwork, and meditation, and visualization. Continue reading

TRAINING PROGRAM 2017-2019, DEVELOPMENTAL SOMATIC PSYCHOTHERAPY, Begins: September 2017

nspired by the work of developmental psychologists and somatic practitioners, Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy is a template for understanding and working with early psychophysical blocks as they emerge in the here-and-now of therapy. Attending to movement patterns is particularly powerful when guided by contemporary developmental theory. Continue reading

Embodied Life Story Performance

It is a sacred act to tell a life story. It is a sacred act to witness one.

These solo performances are filled with heart and passion and the depth of personal story. Group members take part in a 10-week journey of improvisation, embodied storytelling, writing, drama therapy and the seven levels of sacred witnessing, and then take the next step in being witnessed by a heart-centered audience. Continue reading

OPEN WORKSHOP: SELF IN MOTION – July 10 – 13, 2017

As a phenomenological methodology, Gestalt therapy is concerned with an understanding of how we live the situation we are living: how to analyze, describe and know it. In this training, participants will learn the basic principles of Gestalt therapy theory by investigating the dynamics of movement. Continue reading

EMBODIED INTERSUBJECTIVITY: A developmental and movement oriented approach to Psychotherapy, February 24-25, 2017

In this 2-day workshop, Dr Ruella Frank will explore the intricate relational moves of embodied intersubjectivity that form a basis of communication, initially between parent and baby but then throughout life. Continue reading

TRAINING PROGRAM 2017-2019, DEVELOPMENTAL SOMATIC PSYCHOTHERAPY, Begins: September 2017

Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy, created by Ruella Frank, Ph.D., is a relational and movement-oriented approach to psychotherapy within a Gestalt therapy… Continue reading

INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENTAL SOMATIC PSYCHOTHERAPY, January 21-22, 2017

During this workshop, participants learn how their relational styles originated through affective/movement patterns within the infant/caregiver dyad. Through movement, participants will explore these intrinsic yet unaware primary patterns which are part of present experiences and influence daily life. We then apply this understanding to the here-and-now of the client/therapist dyad. Continue reading

Professional Workshop #1: Sexuality

Sat, Nov 12, 2016 (10:00AM – 5:00PM) TO Sun, Nov 13, 2016 (10:00AM – 2:00PM) Location: 131 West 24th St.,… Continue reading

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