Courses & Weekends

Herring Pond, Cape Cod, USA

Healing Complex Trauma

Working with the Body and Dissociative Parts

An experiential workshop for psychotherapists, counsellors, EMDR therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists, facilitated by Mary Clare de Echevarria

This is the first of two integrative workshops on trauma, touching on PTSD and focusing on C-PTSD or complex trauma, otherwise known as attachment or developmental trauma. These workshops offer an overview of trauma and quite detailed content, integrating many different treatment models, including IFS and work with the body and ego states or dissociated parts. They are also very experiential; small groups allow for time for live demonstrations, practice and questions. They are for clinicians who don’t have a background in working with complex trauma, and all those who would like an opportunity to gain confidence and learn more about how this exciting relatively new material looks and feels in practice.

The course is increasingly attended by EMDR therapists, practitioners and consultants who would like to integrate all this material into their practice of EMDR, especially into phases 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7. It can all be conceptualised as CPTSD and dissociation-informed history-taking, preparation, resources, interweaves: cognitive, imaginative, somatic, emotional connection, emotional regulation and ‘telepathic’ (Gonzalez, 2020), and somatic interventions to facilitate and enhance installation and post-traumatic growth. All the content can also be used by non-EMDR therapists.

The content of the weekend includes:

  • The neuroscience of complex trauma, how it develops and how it can be healed (including polyvagal theory, updated)
  • Trauma of commission and omission
  • How to recognise C-PTSD and ego states or dissociated parts of the personality
  • The three phases of trauma therapy (which are not linear but cyclic): stabilisation and resource development; metabolising traumatic experiences, with or without EMDR; integration
  • Relational psychotherapy: being a real, attuned person for your clients
  • How to recognise clients for whom a warm, relational approach is contraindicated and should be modified
  • Working with the body and the imagination to process and resolve unresolved negative experiences

More information on the modalities that inform the weekend can be found here.

Healing Complex Trauma Part 2

For those who have completed Healing Complex Trauma

This follow-on weekend in person is even more practical than Healing Complex Trauma, focusing on specific tools to use in a trauma-informed therapy; content includes understanding clients more clearly through trauma treatment lenses, assessing their readiness for emotional processing, creating collaborative, flexible treatment plans, organising the inner work, the hierarchy of interventions, and more on working with more challenging parts eg protectors and perpetrator introjects.

It is an opportunity to go deeper into all the content of Healing Complex Trauma in a smaller group, with live demonstrations and practical exercises, and plenty of time for questions.

Upcoming dates:

Healing Complex Trauma

12 & 13 November 2022, 10.30 – 17. 30,12 hours’ CPD

Early bird discount end date 31 July 2022

The Kailash Centre, 7 Newcourt Street, St John’s Wood, London NW8 7AA

Cost: £295, or £270 early bird discount if paid in full by 31 July 2022

Coronavirus update – I haven’t taken these courses online as they are much too physical and embodied to translate readily to the online setting. I will cancel the weekend and refund all payments if new rules should prevent us from meeting in person.

All coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, but I have kept my coronavirus cancellation policy for 2022:

The warm atmosphere has always been one of the things that participants most appreciate about this training, and part of the course material is creating warm, attuned relationships in which clients feel safe and confident enough to do emotional processing. The course itself models this way of working, and it is hard to do so if people are masked and afraid to be (relatively) close to each other. There is good airflow through the Kailash studios, and like many people I am triple-vaccinated and also have antibodies from having had C19. Attending the course means acceptance of some risk of C19. However all payments are refundable in full for coronavirus-related reasons.

 

For more information, or to be on the mailing list for future dates, you are welcome to email deechevarria@icloud.com.

To book a place on the workshop, please email deechevarria@icloud.com for bank details. A non-refundable* deposit of £150 reserves your place.

*All payments are fully refundable at any time for coronavirus-related reasons.

Early booking is recommended as these weekends sell out very quickly.

Participants must have an ongoing source of support and grounding, eg a regular yoga practice, therapy, peer support or other forms of self-care.

Healing Complex Trauma Part 2

22 & 23 October 2022, 10.30 – 17. 30, 12 hours’ CPD

Early bird discount end date 30 June 2022

Violet Hill Studios, 6 Violet Hill, London NW8 9EB

Cost: £355, or £300 early bird discount if paid in full by 30 June 2022

To book a place on the workshop, please email deechevarria@icloud.com for bank details. A non-refundable* deposit of £150 reserves your place.

*All payments are fully refundable at any time for coronavirus-related reasons.

Early booking is recommended as these weekends sell out very quickly.

Coronavirus update – please see coronavirus update for the Healing Complex Trauma, above. There is good airflow through the big windows on each side of the studio at Violet Hill, and the many windows in the refreshments area.

 

Working with the Body and Dissociative Parts

23 & 24 May 2020 – rescheduled due to the pandemic, dates to be confirmed

Timisoara, Romania, details to follow

 

A few photos from past events below –

Guest speaker on working with the body at the NLPTCA conference 2019, Manchester, UK –