Category Archives: Training and Workshops

Neuroaffective Regulation: Observation and Intervention for Systemic Regulation

We often hear clients say that they feel like their body was hijacked in the face of a triggering event. They can’t think, their nervous system seems to have a mind of its own. They lose their center and their sense of self is compromised. Neuroaffective regulation practices can be key factors in returning to a secure experience of their felt-sense, a return home to safety. Neuroaffective regulation is not simply grounding: It is the fluid integration of cognitive, affective, physical and neurological systems in the direction of organization and coherence.

In this workshop we will explore verbal and non-verbal markers of systemic activation and deactivation. We will explore when bringing awareness to the body is appropriate and effective and when it reinforces adaptive strategies that hinder openness and growth.

Neuroaffective interventions engage cognitive, behavioral, emotional, neurobiological and energetic systems to help clients become more organized and alive. Interventions are bi-directional, moving from cognition to neurobiology and from neurobiology to cognition.

The skills developed in this workshop can be readily integrated within any clinical model.

At the workshop:

Part 1: In the morning we will review the underlying neurobiology of emotional reactivity using both didactic and experiential activities to identify within ourselves how it feels to consciously pass through activation-deactivation cycles.

Part 2: After lunch we will use dyadic exercises to focus on the identification of non-verbal cues and the use of non-verbal and verbal interventions.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Differentiate between mindfulness and neuroaffective awareness;
Describe top-down and bottom-up therapeutic interventions;
Identify strategies for integrating neuroaffective practices into therapeutic process;
Identify and describe systemic activation and deactivation cycles;
Identify and describe verbal and non-verbal indicators of emotional dysregulation;
Describe how neuroaffective practices can enhance awareness of transference-countertransference processes.

Basic Principles of Somatic Experiencing

Basic Principles of Somatic Experiencing®

May 17, 2018 Online
with Sage Hayes, LMT, SEP
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM US MST

To register for a webinar and find out more information about our upcoming trainings
Training and Events Schedule

For questions about the webinars and upcoming trainings

Receive a one-time $50 discount on your US Beginning I SE Professional Training module for attending this workshop.

Learn About Somatic Experiencing® and the SE™ Professional Training:

Are you a helping professional interested in more effectively addressing your clients’ stress and trauma symptoms?

This introductory SE webinar is designed for professionals who work with the
effects of trauma including: social workers, mental and medical health
professionals, body workers, first responders, educators, clergy, and other
professionals in the healing arts. Participants will learn about the basic principles and theory of the SE model as well as more about the SE Professional Training.

Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) psychobiological trauma resolution, developed by
Peter A. Levine, PhD, author of the bestseller, “Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma,” is a potent approach to resolving the symptoms of trauma and chronic stress. The SE approach offers a framework to assess where your client is “stuck” in the fight, flight, or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states that underlie so many trauma symptoms. Our educational model is both theoretical and highly experiential, offering you effective skills for restoring nervous system regulation and resolving trauma that can be immediately integrated into your professional practice. The three-year SE™ Professional Training is a continuing education program that will help you make an even greater difference with your clients who suffer.

The Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the worldwide healing and prevention of trauma.

Walking the Talk: Self-Care as the Heart of Psychotherapy

Walking the Talk:
Self-Care as the Heart of Psychotherapy

a collaborative and (r)evolutionary workshop for therapists, counselors, social workers, chaplains, professional listeners….

Carrie Gray MFT, Angela Porter IMF, & Matthew Tousignant MA,
and special guest Jon Schreiber

Saturday, April 29 · 1:00-4:00 pm
at The Breema Center 6076 Claremont Ave Oakland Ca. 94618

What if you could practice self-care while sitting in a room with clients? What if you had tools to nurture your own vitality as a therapist that could simultaneously support your client? Breema’s body-centered, holistic approach to being present is practiced in the midst of daily life. This workshop will offer an experiential introduction to self-care principles and tools that nurture aliveness, non-judgment, harmony and well-being.

Saturday, April 29 1:00-4:00 pm

The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland

$65 ($50 if you register with a friend)
$35 students/interns
**Register by 4/15 for an additional $10 discount**

If registering with a friend, enter promo code BRINGAFRIEND for reduced rate.

Workshop includes receiving a Breema session (before or after the workshop).

3 hours CE available. ($10 processing fee)
The Breema Center is approved to offer continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs by the CAMFT (#128568)

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We will focus on the body as the basis for connection and presence in psychotherapy. Breema, a dynamic, nurturing, interoceptive practice, will be used to experience coherence between body and mind as a catalyst for movement towards healing and transformation in the therapeutic relationship. Body-mind connection supports the therapist to be present. Presence invites both the client and therapist to contact and move from that within themselves which is inherently whole. Issues of compassion fatigue, counter-transference, vicarious trauma, stress, and burnout are mitigated, while a tangible atmosphere of empathy, acceptance, non-judgment, and aliveness is nurtured. Particular emphasis will be placed on the experience of the practitioner, as we learn individual and partner self-care exercises. We will also explore universal principles underlying Breema—-No Judgment, Body Comfortable, Mutual Support, No Force—-and discover how they can foster a vital, openhearted relationship to life.

About Breema
Breema Bodywork®, Self-Breema Exercises®, and The Nine Principles of Harmony are natural expressions of the unifying principle of Existence. They offer a practical means of becoming present, a commonsense approach to physical, mental, and emotional health, and a new way of learning that leads to increased understanding of ourselves and a deepening sense of fulfillment, meaning, and purpose.

No prior experience necessary, please come in
comfortable clothing prepared to move around on a padded floor.

Workshop facilitators:
Carrie Gray, LMFT, MA, is a somatically-oriented psychotherapist in private practice in North Oakland. With degrees from the Wright Institute, California Institute for Integral Studies, and Wesleyan University, Carrie has approached the study of psychology, consciousness and the body from a variety of angles. Since 1999, Carrie has studied and practiced Breema’s body-based approach to “the art of being present” and is a former staff Instructor at the Breema Center.

Angela Porter, IMF, CATC, CMT, is an addiction treatment specialist, and Marriage and Family Therapist intern. Trained in Gestalt, Body-centered, and Somatic therapy at Esalen Institute, body-mind connection is primary in her work. Formerly a program director at the New Bridge Foundation’s residential substance abuse treatment program in Berkeley CA, Angela incorporated the principles and practice of Breema into the treatment curriculum. Currently she is a group facilitator at Bayside Marin and maintains a private practice where Breema is foundational to her work with clients as well as in her consultation practice with colleagues. A certified Breema Instructor since 1998, Angela travels internationally teaching Breema to therapists and other healing professionals.

Matthew Tousignant, MA, CMT, is a graduate of Harvard University and the California Institute of Integral Studies. For the last 17 years he has studied Breema with its founder, Dr. Jon Schreiber, in Oakland, California and is a certified Breema Practitioner and Instructor. Based out of Lambertville, New Jersey, the body-centered therapeutic work he practices combines the universal wisdom of Breema with a practical knowledge of psychology to connect others to their unique potential as human beings.

Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders Professional Training

Embodied Recovery is a new model of eating disorder treatment that draws from the work of Peter Levine, Pat Odgen, Stephen Porges, Allan Schore, Dan Siegel, and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Our professional training is designed to enhance current models of treatment and provides somatic interventions that work directly with attachment and regulatory systems that are driving disordered eating behaviors. We also offer perspectives for somatic practitioners who are working with a treatment team and have a defined role. Learn about the treatment team model and the current framework for treating eating disorders as well as our cutting-edge approach that is re-defining eating disorder recovery.  Our next training will be hosted in Chapel Hill, NC April 27th-29th. See website for more information:

Bridging Yoga and Mental Healthcare: A Course for Mental Health Professionals and Nurses in Florence, Italy. May 7-12, 2018. 20 CEUS.

Bridging Yoga and Mental Healthcare is a continuing education course synthesizing yoga, somatic psychotherapy, and neuroscience research. This interdisciplinary course is designed for mental health professionals, yoga therapists, teachers, and students, and related disciplines, and includes instruction on the therapeutic use of chair and mat yoga postures; breathing practices; relaxation, including yoga nidra and iRest, and meditation. Practicums, with scripts, for trauma-sensitive chair yoga and the yogic three-part deep breath are included.


Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, E-RYT, C-IAYT, psychotherapist, yoga therapist, international lecturer, and developer of Nervous System Informed, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, and Suzanne Ludlum, MS, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, yoga therapist, conference presenter, author, and owner of Trinity Yoga Therapy in Fredericksburg,Va. (photo below);


20 CEUs are included in the tuition for Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors and Nurses, and Yoga Teachers.

Chicago & NYC – Bodynamic Intro Evening & One Day Workshop October, 2017

Experience the Precision and Efficiency of Bodynamic Therapy by learning to use the body to support verbal therapy

New York City:
Evening Intro:
Friday October 27, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm – Free (No registration required!)
*Location: Balance Arts Center, 34 West 28th St. 3rd Floor, between Broadway and 6th Ave.*

One-Day-Intro Workshop:
Saturday October 28, 2017 9:30am – 5:30pm – $100
*Location: Center for the Advancement of Therapeutic Arts, 122 West 26th St. 7th Floor (between 6th and 7th Ave)*


Evening Intro:
Friday October 20, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm – Free (No registration required!)

One-Day-Intro Workshop:
Saturday October 21, 2017 9:00am – 5:00pm – $100

Location for both: Chicago Bodymind Wellness Studio 3525 W. Peterson Ave. Suite 605

Registration & Tickets:

Who is this For?
Professionals who work with people. Previous training’s have included somatic psychologists, counselling therapists, social workers, physicians, teachers, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, bodyworkers, personal development coaches and yoga instructors.

Full training begins: January 25, 2018

Please invite your friends and colleagues who may be interested in the training.

Evening Intro:
During this talk we’ll focus on the Autonomy Stage of Development; 8 months to 2.5 years of age. We’ll demonstrate how disruption during this stage creates a fear of commitment and dependency on others. We’ll demonstrate how to work with specific muscles to transform this internal experience. This can create an immediate sense of curiosity, joy, and creativity, typical of a healthy child at this age.

The presentation will include didactic and experiential work with time for questions.

One-day Workshop:
Exploring the impact on adult behavior of disruptions in the Will Structure Stage, ages 2-4 years. An overview of the system and the training will also be presented.

We will explore related developmental movements, and how the muscles involved hold needed resources for the resolution of therapeutic issues. We will offer demonstration sessions. Problems originating from this age include:

  • Feeling overly responsible
  • Blaming others
  • Being stuck in a victim role
  • Problems with planning
  • Fear of your own power

*Note: CEU credit is available for this one day workshop.

About Bodynamics:
Bodynamics is a precise and practical approach to working with the body to make verbal psychotherapy more efficient and effective. This somatic therapy enables the practitioner to make precise interventions related to the developmental origins of your clients’ current problems.

Based on a wealth of empirical research the Bodynamics model describes how non-traumatic developmental disruptions are encoded in both mind and body. Bodynamic trainees learn to use specific muscles to build somatic resources that will guide, extend, and contain verbal therapy. This precision aids clients to sense new psychological competencies, resolve issues sooner, and integrate these changes directly into their lives.

Learning Bodynamics also sensitizes you to the themes of the developmental stages around which relationships and psychological development take place. Building your relationship with a client around these themes will greatly facilitate your ability to heal attachment disruptions.

Free Webinar – Embodied Alchemy: Authentic Movement & the Somatic Unconscious

Please join me for a free Webinar this Saturday, September 23rd at 2pm PST or 5pm EST or wherever you are in the world!

C. G. Jung brought to light the ancient map of Alchemy, an astonishing guide through the transformational process of becoming one’s true self.

Authentic Movement provides a pathway for accessing the somatic unconscious, illuminated through Alchemy.

Link for Information & Registration 

Who we are – Mind Body Co-op

Mind Body Co-op provides a unique combination of services built to cultivate awareness and stimulate growth and change. Connecting the mind and the body offers wholeness to healing and supports the development of long lasting change.

The Mind Body Co-op is Chicago’s only space offering clinical services for the integration of mind, body and spirit.

Mind Body Co-op psychotherapists have clinical experience addressing issues related to:

  • Abuse
  • Addictions
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA)
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness
  • Bullying
  • Codependence
  • Confidence
  • Cross-Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family of Origin
  • Grief & Loss
  • Immigration & Acculturation
  • Life Transitions
  • Loneliness
  • Neglect
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Self-Injury
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Trauma
  • Work-Related Stress
  • Young Adults

Somatic experience, NIA, Reiki and meditation services are open to all individuals looking to benefit from the calm, focus, and balance that comes with clinical movement and meditation practice. Clinically focused movement and meditation services offered by Mind Body Co-op’s instructors help promote:

  • Activation of the glandular system
  • Bolstered Immune System
  • Discovery of unconscious somatic patterns
  • Emotional Clarity
  • Expansion of lung capacity
  • Increased Confidence
  • Mental Clarity
  • More balanced alignment
  • Reduction in Stress
  • Strengthened Core
  • Strengthening of the nervous system


June 30 – July 2, 2017
Misericordia University, Dallas, PA.  Sponsored by the Misericordia University Social Work Program and the Wellfleet Collective.

This groundbreaking event features the first major conference in the U.S. focusing on the topic of yoga and mental health care. It is designed for mental health and rehabilitative health professionals as well as yoga teachers and therapists.

PROFESSIONAL CEUs for psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists,  occupational therapists, and nurses are pending. Please contact Susan McDonald at 570-674-6212 or email for additional information.

Amy Weintraub is the author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management.

Pre-Conference Workshops: “Identifying Subtle Breathing Pattern Dysregulations and Healing Them.”; “Bringing Nervous-System Informed, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga into Mental Health Care”; and “Addressing Anxiety Through the Yoga Tradition.”

JULY 1 Workshops: “When Mind-Body Practices Go Wrong”; “Yoga Therapy with Clients in a Dissociative State”; “The Use of Yoga in Treatment Planning for Substance Use Disorders”; “Chakra Healing Through Somatic Therapy and Yoga”; “Addressing Anxiety Through the Yoga Tradition”; and “Bringing Nervous-System Informed, Trauma-Sensitive Chair Yoga and Breathing Practices into Mental Health Care.”

Other Highlights:  Laughter Yoga with Live Music; Discussion groups by topic; Panel discussion with workshop presenters.

CEUs pending for psychologists; social workers, alcohol and drug therapists, marriage and family therapists, occupational therapists, and nurses.

FEES: $100 for pre-conference workshop; $150 for conference, before May 1; $180 afterwards. $99. room and partial board package.

To register, go to:

For complete conference information, visit:

For additional questions, contact:

Misericordia University Center for Adult and Continuing EducationPhone 570-674-6161Fax 570-674-6232


2017-18 Training Dates at Seattle School of Body-Psychotherapy

YEAR ONE: October 30- November 3, 2017February 26- March 2, 2018 May 21- 25, 2018

We are a cutting edge training program combining Core Energetics, Trauma Theory, Neurobiology and Shamanic & Indigenous Practices.  Along with practicing psychotherapists, students are people looking for their own deep personal transformation, or people without previous experience who want to work with people in the future.  The program includes an optional practitioner’s skills tract for this purpose.

For more information go to