When our psychological identity is built on the shaky foundation of an early traumatized physiology, an integrated psychobiological approach to healing is necessary. This course highlights the primary role of the body and emphasizes its equal importance to the mind. It builds a vital bridge between our verbal and nonverbal selves in order to address early emotional and relational trauma.
NeuroAffective Touch®is a polyvagal-informed psychobiological approach designed for body-mind integration. The modules draw upon the key elements of developmental theory, relational psychotherapy, somatic psychology, neuroscience, and bodywork to address emotional, relational, cognitive, and developmental deficits that cannot be reached by verbal means alone.
This course aims to help you deepen your embodied presence by encouraging your personal psychobiological exploration. It is a great opportunity to discover your body in new ways. You will explore how to connect with your interoceptive awareness, apply attuned self-touch as a tool for self-regulation, and develop collaborative body-mind dialogues to enhance your internal connection with self.
Lastly, clinical work that integrates cognitive and somatic approaches—psychotherapy and body-centered work—must address legal, ethical, and scope of practice issues. This includes exploring fears around body-centered approaches, taking a touch history, and evaluating a person’s readiness to go beyond traditional talk therapy or bodywork.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.