somatic memory systems


The field of trauma therapy is changing dramatically and a new generation of therapy is emerging.  Current research shows that at the root of many physical and mental health diagnoses is trauma, specifically early childhood wounds of abuse and neglect.  The research is so compelling that it suggests working in the mental health field is essentially working with traumatic wounds. As clinicians, we have come to know this, but until recently have not had effective tools to help resolve the tenacious roots of our clients' suffering.


On the basis of body psychotherapy and the different  modalities, the Somatic Memory model combines techniques to a bottom-up intervention that effectively addresses underlying trauma. It is an evidence-based protocol that draws from a number of different fields including research on the autonomic nervous system, brain science, memory systems, mindfulness practices, attachment, relational object theory and infant research. This training  course serves as a reliable guide through which therapists and clients can navigate the complex, difficult and transferentially charged waters of complex PTSD.


First and foremost, the Somatic Memory training is designed to develop skilled trauma therapists through hands-on experiential practice. We spend 50% of the training practicing skill development that takes place through supervised in-class trades. Clinicians will learn how and when to use foundational resourcing skills, how to work with long-term characterological wounding from trauma (boundaries, trust development, bonding), how to create the initial conditions and long-term support for nervous system processing and how to effectively incorporate traumatic transference into the healing process. The phase of getting supervision  allows therapists to integrate these new, often unfamiliar, skills into their practice with clients.  Join us for a truly innovative training that gets at the heart of trauma to support clients to go beyond coping and genuinely heal.


integrate new research and new theories on trauma into your practice.
understand the role of memory systems in forming and maintaining traumatic reactivity.
use the 5 Nervous System States Map to assess symptoms.
effectively support your clients in re-learning the bottom-up process of resolving stress and trauma.
assess and plan treatment using the Trauma History Inventory.
effectively include traumatic transference into the healing process.
contact and resolve reactive as well as dissociative symptoms and somatoform disorders.
experience and effectively use your own nervous system therapeutically.
integrate a body-based model into your current modality.
develop specific clinical techniques to work both with individuals and groups.
specific methology for the treatment of sexual abuse.
mindful approaches to violence in different contexts.

Somatic Memory systems - expand capacity & create future