Courses & Weekends

Wiley Pond, Cape Cod, USA

Healing Complex Trauma

Working with the body and dissociative parts

An experiential workshop for psychotherapists, counsellors, EMDR therapists, psychologists and other clinicians, 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 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 EMDR therapists and psychotherapists who don’t have a background in working with complex trauma, and all those who would like an opportunity to learn how this exciting new or relatively new material looks and feels in practice.

The content of the weekend includes:

  • The neuroscience of complex trauma, how it develops and how it can be healed (including polyvagal theory)
  • 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, integration
  • Relational psychotherapy: being a real, attuned person for your clients
  • How to recognise clients for whom a warm, relational approach is contraindicated
  • Working with the body and the imagination to resolve trauma

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

Healing Complex Trauma Part 2

For those who have done Healing Complex Trauma in previous years

This follow-on weekend 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, mapping inner systems, the hierarchy of interventions, creating collaborative, flexible treatment plans and organising the inner work.

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

Upcoming dates:

Healing Complex Trauma

28 & 29 November 2020, 10.30 – 17. 30,12 hours’ CPD – rescheduled to 27 & 28 November 2021 due to the pandemic

I don’t want to run these courses online as they are much too physical and embodied to translate to the online setting in their current format. Please email deechevarria@icloud.com to register your interest in training in person as soon as it is possible to meet safely without masks.

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

Cost: £295, or £265 early bird discount if paid in full by 1 August 2021

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 deposit of £150 reserves your place. 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

21 & 22 November 2020, 10.30 – 17. 30 (12 hours’ CPD) – rescheduled to 2021 due to the pandemic, dates to be confirmed in 2021

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

Cost: £350, or £295 early bird discount if paid in full by 1 August 2021

To book a place on either of these courses, please email deechevarria@icloud.com for bank details. A deposit of £150 reserves your place. Early booking is recommended as these weekends sell out very quickly.

New coronavirus cancellation policy – if you have to cancel for pandemic-related reasons, I will immediately refund all deposit and balance payments in full (or transfer them to the next course, with the option of a full refund later, whichever you prefer).

Working with the Body and Dissociative Parts

23 & 24 May 2020 – rescheduled to 2021 due to the pandemic, dates to be confirmed in 2021

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 –