Knowledge and Skills Building Workshops
This workshop will address methods to treat attachment trauma and ACE as it relates to trans and gender diverse clients. Gender dysphoria and body dissatisfaction contribute to the challenges for clients to experience life as an embodied self. Exploratory movement, with an emphasis on physical sensation, can bypass the critical thinking brain and its inhibitory reactions. This allows for changes to occur sub-cortically, thus facilitating organic self-regulation. The results include: release of chronic muscle tension and chronic pain patterns, decrease of hyper- and hypo- arousal symptoms, facilitating the client’s ability to connect to self and others. This presentation will engage participants in experiential tools to explore somatic awareness, focused attention, affect tolerance, and expanding self-image through movement. Step-by-step techniques for expanding interoceptive awareness with ease and somatic techniques to treat trauma will be demonstrated.