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Peter Levine on Adding Somatic Techniques to Your Practice
by Peter Levine
What can psychotherapists and counselors do to help clients relieve their suffering by accessing the healing power of their bodies? Learn how, regardless of your therapeutic orientation, to help clients tap into the wellspring of their body’s energy by watching renowned clinician and researcher, Peter Levine, demonstrate his groundbreaking methods. 
Most therapy approaches are cerebral and theoretical, marginalizing bodily experiences in favor of thoughts and intellectual insights. Somatic Experiencing® founder Peter Levine knows exactly how to break through this barrier by “bringing the body into therapy.” Through a dynamic live discussion and spontaneous demonstration of his powerful techniques with Psychotherapy.net’s founder, Victor Yalom, Levine will teach you how to help your clients unlock their body’s healing power. And whether your client is struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, sexuality, or simply wants to improve their daily stress management skills, you will learn how to help them do so by deepening both your own and their somatic awareness.

For Levine, “the body is always ready to tell its story through a voice that doesn’t use words.” And like our clients, therapists can’t be fully present unless they too are aware of their bodies. So, regardless of your own theoretical background or skill level, or whether you work live or remotely with clients, you will quickly apply these powerful and surprisingly simple somatic techniques to your own life and to those of your clients.   
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Too often, we are trained to focus on our clients' pain and conflict. But for Levine, working with clients can and often must begin from a place of goodness, pleasure, and the recognition of positive emotions and bodily states. Full embodiment, or somatic awareness, is the greatest resource a therapist can have, and the most beneficial gift they can share with their client. It is what Levine calls somatic resonance, a unique and often neglected form of empathy.

By not only watching, but participating in Levine’s conversation with Yalom, you will be well prepared to apply these enjoyable, effective, and easy-to-use techniques that include:
  • adding regular physical movement to daily life, whether it be through sport, casual exercise, or structured activities like yoga or Tai Chi to increase your own somatic awareness
  • practicing focused deep breathing to channel the flow of energy through the entire body
  • noticing thoughts in their entirety, along with their bodily sensations so they can be fully and deeply processed
  • attending to somatic resonance — or physical mirroring — with your client as a form of bodily empathy
  • being curious about what the client is experiencing, particularly in their body so they can take these lessons home with them
So, sit back, or better yet, stand up, breathe, stretch and prepare to take in Levine’s powerful lessons.   

Length of video: 1:09:56

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-605-6

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-605-9

Peter A. Levine, PhD, is the developer of Somatic Experiencing© and founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment. He teaches trainings in this work throughout the world and in various indigenous cultures. Levine is the author of the best-selling book Waking the Tiger : Healing Trauma : The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences and he has recently co-published a comprehensive book on childhood trauma, Trauma Through a Child's Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing as well as a guide for parents, Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience. He is the recipient of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the the US Association of Body Psychotherapy.

CE credits: 1

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the core therapeutic elements of Somatic Experiencing
  • Integrate Somatic Experiencing into case conceptualizations
  • Confidently integrate somatic techniques into your clinical work

Bibliography available upon request

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