Healing Complex Trauma:
Working with the Body and Dissociative Parts
This is a course that I taught for many years, touching on PTSD and focusing on C-PTSD or complex trauma, otherwise known as attachment or developmental trauma. It gave an overview of complex trauma and how to recognise and work with it, and detailed content, integrating many different treatment models (why be limited to two or three when you can integrate all of them?) – including work with the body and every ‘parts’ modality including IFS. It was designed to teach participants to integrate all these modalities confidently and seamlessly, by understanding the underlying principles of all trauma-informed interventions.
More information on the modalities that inform all my courses can be found here.
The training was very experiential, with real-life examples, exercises, live demonstrations, practice sessions and time for questions. It included how to recognise the more subtle signs of unresolved trauma and dissociative switches, how to work with hostile parts, perpetrator introjects and attachment to perpetrators, how to create a warm and open therapeutic relationship in which people can feel safe, and modify this for some personality disorders (and how to spot them).
Open to psychotherapists, psychologists and psychiatrists, it was increasingly attended by EMDR therapists, practitioners and consultants who wanted to integrate all this material into their practice of EMDR, especially into phases 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7. In 2022 it was awarded EMDR UK CPD credits.
All the course content can be conceptualised according to the EMDR modality, 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 processing, installation and post-traumatic growth.
I am now planning to re-package this course for EMDR therapists only, and offer it in different formats – but not yet, as I am focusing on becoming an EMDR Europe facilitator then one day a trainer.
To be on the mailing list for future courses and workshops for EMDR therapists, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are welcome to email email@example.com if you would like to talk with me about creating a bespoke workshop for your organisation.
You are also welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about as-needed consultation on working with complex developmental trauma and dissociation.
A few photos from past events –
Guest speaker on working with the body at the NLPTCA conference 2019, Manchester, UK –