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Introduction to Somatic Psychotherapy and Embodied Communication

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April 27, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

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Introduction to Somatic Psychotherapy and Embodied Communication

Babies arrive in this world eager and expectant to form relationships, expressing their eagerness through their gaze, facial expressions, voice, and movements. In adult life, this eagerness remains implicitly alive in our bodies. Considering that the greater portion of early communication is nonverbal and that to become embodied, children need to be touched within loving respectful relationships, we will discuss why it is essential to embrace embodied forms of psychotherapy and personal growth.

In this seminar, you will discover how you can help your body in its struggle to come into being, how emotions are experiences of feeling in the body and what to do when they threaten to overwhelm the mind, and how trauma can disrupt the inner collaborative communication between mind and body. 

It is true for all of us that our capacity for emotional connection and bodily presence carries the imprint of our early relational experiences. This seminar will help you create a loving container in which body and mind can thrive in an empathic dance between a deeply feeling body and an embodied psyche.

In this seminar, participants will learn:

  • Discuss the principles shaping the field of relational somatic psychology.
  • Experience the role of collaborative body-mind communication in conscious embodiment.
  • Understand how trauma affects the brain and nervous system.
  • Experience two Somatic Contemplations that support the reintegration of dissociative patterns.

Who is this seminar for?

  • Everyone, professionals and laypersons, who seek to understand the developmental process of embodiment.
  • For those interested in how the latest neuroscience research is helping generate new clinical somatic approaches.

Is this seminar interactive?

The seminar will include NeuroAffective Touch Somatic Contemplations™ and offer participants an experience of how somatic psychotherapy interfaces with mindfulness and embodiment practices.

This talk was live and interactive on Tuesday, April 27 at 7 pm ET. In case you cannot make the live session, all who register will receive a 48h-active link to watch the recording. 


About the Instructor

Dr. Aline LaPierre is a pioneer in the field of somatic psychology. She is the creator of NeuroAffective Touch® an approach integrating the therapeutic use of touch, nonverbal communication, and somatic psychotherapy. She is the founding director of the NeuroAffective Touch Institute, offering mental health and body-centered practitioners training in the vital use of touch when working with developmental, relational, and emotional trauma.

Dr. LaPierre is the co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship, now available in twelve languages. She was faculty in the Somatic Doctoral Program at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute for ten years and is currently Deputy Editor of The International Body Psychotherapy Journal, a peer-reviewed journal bringing together a global somatic community of psychologists, psychotherapist, body-centered practitioners, researchers, and students.

A graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, and of The New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, Aline has trained in many body-centered modalities including BodyMind Centering, Continuum, EMDR, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Visceral Manipulation. Her website is www.NeuroAffectiveTouch.com. She can be reached at aline@neuroaffectivetouch.com.