If you're interested in learning more about Somatic Psychology -- here are some books and other reference materials you might check out!
Geared towards Clinicians:
Aposhyan, S. (2004). Body-mind psychotherapy: Principles, techniques, and practical applications. New York: W W Norton & Co.
The Double Edge
Each time I seek to connect
there is a double edge.
Will it be different this time?
Will I be known?
Will I be seen?
Will I be heard?
And can I survive if not?
Can I survive the opposite?
Can I survive reaching for you
and not finding you?
Can my heart hold all of this,
the terror and the hope?
It will all tumble one day.
This I know.
And yet I reach,
There you are.
I have been
to find you
for so long.
-- Albert Wong
written May 16, 2020
"How Connection Heals Trauma (and why it terrifies us too)"
The Embodied Connection Conference (2020)
I started trying to implement the tools you teach.
I've found that in regard to the pendulation stage, taking people into bits of unpleasant memories/sensations is challenging, because even the slightest recollection of the trauma seems to automatically bring back the entire memory to the surface, which often is overwhelming.
Even if the person is able to connect to a pleasant memory/sensation, the impact of the unpleasant memory overrides.
Can you please provide guidance on this?
--- Trauma Professional
Dear Trauma Professional,
What a great question -- and such a difficult and delicate one, too!
For this, there are three elements of import:
Note on the origin of various somatic terms.
Titration is a term drawn from chemistry that seems most typically associated, in the somatics trauma literature, with the work of Peter Levine and Somatic Experiencing, though this term is certainly utilized across multiple modalities, including in particular Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. This therapeutic intervention can be understood as a response and reaction to the "flooding" techniques of Prolonged Exposure, which drew concern from multiple practitioners who adopted the Prolonged Exposure technique. Unlike flooding -- which typically refers to the prolonged exposure of a person to an activating circumstance -- titration refers to the delicate mediated "micro-dosing" of nervous system activation to a level where it can be productively metabolized back to safety. The concept of titration has become part of the trauma vernacular and can be found in multiple treatment forms, e.g., Sensorimotor Psychtherapy,...
One of the challenges in somatic psychology is giving full due homage to our forebears – the people who carried the torch forward.
In my own experience, my lineage comes from decades of training centered at the Esalen Institute, the University of Tennessee, and elsewhere. My primary teachers were John Soper, John Heider, Christine Stewart Price, Dorothy Charles, Eric Erickson, Dorothy Thomas, Stephen Harper, the Los Angeles Gestalt Awareness Practice Group, Seymour Carter, Will Schutz, Michael Nash, Kristina Coop Gordon, Alla Vollovich, Mark Goldstein, Crystallin Dillon, and the Bay Area T-Group. These people were (are are) essential in forming me as a clinician.
I also had the good fortune to study with Ron Kurtz (Hakomi), Morgan Goodlander (Gestalt), Eleanor Criswell Hanna (Hanna Somatics), Emilie Conrad Daoud (Continuum), Mark Reese (Feldenkrais), Harriet Goslins (Cortical Field Reeducation), Fritz Smith (Zero Balancing), Suzanne Scurlock-Durana (Somato-Emotional...
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