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Somatic Countertransfernce in trauma work the therapist's body speaks of the client's unconscious
Presented by Morit Heitzler
Synopsis:Over the last 25 years, trauma work—more than any other aspect of our field—has shown us the limitations of purely verbal ‘talking therapy’, and neuroscience has helped us understand why awareness of the body is crucial in attachment and affect regulation. In PTSD, by definition, the client is dissociated from the trauma which is experienced as terrifying and overwhelming sensorimotor affect, mostly in the body. It is impossible for the therapist to function reliably as an attuned regulatory object without being acutely aware of both the bodies in the therapeutic relationship—the client’s and her own. Traditionally, psychoanalysts might have used the term ‘somatic countertransference’ to point to these aspects of our internal experience as therapists. What that means in practice is being constantly exposed to—what feels like—unmanageable intensities, picked up by subliminal, non-verbal channels and via our ‘mirror neutrons’, our autonomic nervous systems and other spontaneous body mind processes. Vicarious traumatisation is recognised as one of the dangers of such acute but necessary exposure. How can we process the information inherent in our ‘somatic countertransference’ so it becomes useful and transformative, both for our own survival and well-being and that of the client and their process? This workshop will aim to address these questions and other related issues.
Biography: Morit Heitzler is an experienced therapist, supervisor and trainer with a private practice in Oxford. She has been teaching on various training courses in the UK, Israel and in Europe, and regularly leads workshops and groups. Through her work in Israel, at the Traumatic Stress Service of the Maudsley Hospital, the Oxford Stress and Trauma Centre, her supervision at Oxford Refugee Resource, as well as her private practice, Morit has gained experience in treating a wide variety of PTSD symptoms and traumatised clients, including refugees and asylum seekers. Over two decades, she has been developing an integrative approach to trauma work, incorporating - within an overall relational perspective - Body Psychotherapy, attachment theory, EMDR, modern neuroscience and Family Constellations. In recent years she has been focussing on delivering intermediate and advanced CPD and supervision for trauma therapists, specifically on integrating the various trauma therapies. More information can be found on her website: www.heitzler.co.uk. .
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