From "Trauma Mind" to Mindfulness - Helping Clients Shift States - Details:
Clients with trauma histories are often the most difficult to engage in therapy. The sometimes traumatic re-experiencing in therapy and in their lives can lead to dissociation, inner chaos, or rigidity so consistently that they may emotionally shut down, become seemingly unreachable, and are unable to even begin to engage in the therapeutic process. In this workshop, we'll explore how to weave together a number of sensorimotor and mindfulness techniques with other approaches, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy and EMDR, to help such clients move out of "trauma mind" into mind states that provide a more secure internal locus of control. You'll learn how to recognize the body cues of hyperarousal and dissociation, and how to teach clients to identify their own body and sensory reactions to become more attuned to their inner experience and better able to participate in the clinical work. We'll focus on using the therapeutic relationship to teach mindfulness, breath awareness, and self-observation techniques to move clients to other mind states where they can experience empowerment, self-respect, and behavioral and emotional control.