Being in the Body
‘Shut-down and dissociated people are not ‘in their bodies,’ being nearly unable to make real here-and-now contact no matter how hard they try’.
– Peter Levine
”My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened”, quipped the humorist Mark Twain. Unable to make full here-and-now contact with the deeply embodied nature of our lives, we instead dissociate into internal narratives driven by fear. Working in gentle accordance with our longing to be whole, this day will focus on bringing us back into our immediate and sensation rich present, and consider deeply why we dissociate from our embodiment – our direct experiencing of life – in the first place.
This workshop focuses on:
- Somatic practices that facilitate us in becoming aware of how we are all ‘shut-down and dissociated people’, not in our bodies.
- An attachment-based model of human development – ground in contemporary neuroscience – emphasizing how early relational trauma predisposes us to dissociation and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- How PTSD symptoms are driven – ‘bottom up’ – through the manner in which our innate adaptive responses to trauma are ‘frozen’ in the body, and cannot come to health-bestowing completion; somatic practices to facilitate this completion.
- Codependent dynamics and the disturbing nature of intimacy – somatic practices to support skillful relating through staying embodied and present.
Next ‘Being in the Body’ Workshop: TBA
Paul Sibson is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and BACP accredited counsellor. He also holds a BA honours degree in psychology and is a contributing author to the book Unlocking the Emotional Brain published by Routledge 2012. He is the founder of EmbodiMind - and a Certified Trainer for the Coherence Psychology Institute - and is particularly interested in how unresolved trauma limits our capacity for embodiment, and the potential of current neuroscience to integrate the field of psychotherapy. He has advanced diplomas in both the theory and practice of Embodied-Relational Therapy (ERT) and continues to study with its originator Nick Totton.