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Dance of Soma & Psyche II: Healing Trauma and the Animal Body


This two-day 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

This module may be taken individually, or as a part of our year-long training 'Certificate in Integrative Embodied Psychotherapy' 

14 CPD hours 

"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

MODULE 2 Stroud: 

3-4 February 2024   FULLY BOOKED

11am - 6pm


        Trinity Rooms

        Field Road,

        Stroud GL5 2HZ 


MODULE 2 London: 

26-27 October 2024

11am - 6pm



The Study Society (map)

Colet House

151 Talgarth Road
London W14 9DA


Early Bird £235

(if booked and paid for 6 weeks before the start of the course) otherwise £265

Online Training: Early Bird £215

(if booked and paid for 6 weeks before the start of the course) otherwise £245

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



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