Dance of Soma and Psyche II

Healing Trauma 

Dance of Soma & Psyche II: Healing Trauma

Part 1: Trauma and the Animal Body


This two-part module explores somatic approaches to healing trauma, drawing on the body's natural resources and capacity for self-healing.


Neuro-scientific research shows us that the instinctual parts of the brain that process trauma in humans are the same as in any other mammal. However, animals in the wild seem to be able to easily ‘shake-off’ and recover from the freeze response, rapidly returning to normal functioning, while humans experiencing the same immobility response are often not able to regain homeostasis in the same way.

Traumatic symptoms in humans are caused by a 'frozen' residue of energy, that has not been resolved or discharged after a traumatic event. This residue remains trapped in the nervous system, where it causes havoc to our bodies and minds. The key to healing these symptoms lies in being able to mirror the fluid adaptation of animals, as they 'shake out' the immobility response, and return to full mobility and functionality.

We will cover:


  • Stabilising and establishing a sense of safety in the body

  • The physiology of fight / flight and freeze

  • Working with fear and anxiety

  • Working safely to release the fight response – anger and aggression

  • Somatic Experiencing techniques for working with trauma

  • Working somatically to re-establish and strengthen boundaries after trauma

  • Helping clients out of a dissociative state and back into their bodies

  • Working with the ‘animal’ body, using visualisation and movement

Part 2: Attachment Trauma and the Body

In traumatic attachment -  where the parent is the perpetrator - the child is in the impossible situation of needing to seek proximity for survival while at the same time defending against their care giver. In the therapy room, we see this conflict in our clients bodies and how they relate to us – a yearning for closeness while at the same time closeness feels dangerous. This can cause challenges in the therapeutic relationship. If these challenges can be worked through, the therapeutic relationship can offer the client a reparative experience and the opportunity to heal early attachment trauma.


We will cover:


  • Understanding of attachment trauma

  • The art of non-verbal attunement from moment to moment

  • The use of therapeutic touch in offering the client reparative experiences

  • Exploring habitual postures and gestures and how they relate to attachment trauma

  • Working with proximity seeking actions to support healing of relational wounds

  • Abandonment trauma

Part 1 may be taken individually, or as a part of a year-long course leading to certification. Part 2 of this module could not be taken before first completing Part 1.

To ensure a high standard of training we keep all our groups small (max 16 participants). 


"I came away with even more awareness of my body and how l have held some experiences and trauma for years within it. You are both amazing, thoughtful, and inspirational teachers! Really warm, wise and sensitive facilitators." 

BK, Integrative Psychotherapist

“I feel very grateful for the whole experience. The role-plays provided greater opportunity for deeper learning. I personally found the movement / embodying emotions very healing.”

EM, Transpersonal Counsellor


COVID-19 notification


Please note that all the dates on our website are up to date and all training and workshops are done in person - but at an alternative venue:  Pensford Field Nature Reserve, 19-21 Pensford Avenue, Kew TW9 4HR. For full details please click on FAQ link above



Part 1: Saturday 6th March 2021, 10.30am – 6pm  - PLACES AVAILABLE 

& Sunday 7th March 2021, 11am – 5.30pm

Part 2: 31st October 2020 - FULLY BOOKED

(7 CPD hours)

Part 2: Saturday 15th May 2021, 10.30am – 6pm - PLACES AVAILABLE 

& Sunday 16th May 2021, 11am – 5.30pm

(14 CPD hours)


The Main Hall, Chiswick Catholic Centre

2 Dukes Avenue, London W4 2AE


Part 1: Early Bird £195 (if booked and paid for 1 month before the start of the course) otherwise £225

Part 2: Early Bird £195 (up to one month before) otherwise £225

To book please click the button below and fill out the form. The payment details are on the form.


October workshop is FULLY BOOKED

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