BodyDreaming: Integrating body, mind and psyche in the treatment of developmental trauma
Friday 19 March 2021 - A Live Webinar
A one-day workshop with Marian Dunlea and Wendy Bratherton
- This event will not be recorded
In this webinar, Marian will guide participants through her embodied therapeutic approach, BodyDreaming. Marian’s approach is the integration of 30 years of dedicated study and clinical work from perspectives including analytical psychology, psychoanalysis, Marion Woodman’s BodySoul Rhythms, Focusing, Authentic Movement, Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing and Organic Intelligence. Here she describes her way of working.READ MORE...
“Here at last I had a means to address the body in one-on-one therapy sessions, to listen to the body’s deep impulses, intuitions and resonances without the need for the client to do floor work and move around in the room to access the body. Through tracking felt sense experience, the client and I could access internal physical sensation, mapping feeling in the body and opening both client and therapist to the embodied imaginal as a result.” (p.23)
This method has the clinical relationship as central with the aim to restore the balance of a dysregulated psyche and nervous system and to activate innate healing capacities. Through the body and dream work we can see how it is possible to change our default responses to trauma of “fight, flight, freeze” and to create new neural pathways. This methodology is useful for psychotherapists, art, dance and movement therapists, and body workers.
Wendy Bratherton will weave in a practice of Qigong during the day to help facilitate an embodied learning of BodyDreaming.
10.00 GMT (06.00 EDT)
Introductions and Zoom Housekeeping
Introduction to BodyDreaming
This is an embodied practice and we hope to offer participants the experience of learning through the body. The session will offer an overview of the practice of BodyDreaming, its origins and place in a dysregulated contemporary world. Marian will demonstrate how she has come to the practice of BodyDreaming through understanding the body’s physiology, polyvagal theory and the nervous system, and Jungian psychology. This work holds that if we regulate the Autonomic Nervous System we gain greater access to the messages and signals emanating from the somatic unconscious and dreams.
Wendy will introduce us to the practice of Qigong. Qigong means energy work . It taps into the natural flow of life energy to promote resilience, health and coherence. This ancient Chinese practice helps with regulating the nervous system . This will be followed by a short period where participants are invited to use art materials to take the energy onto paper.
Break out in small groups of 5
Comments, questions and sharing in large group
‘I may be able to find some peace here’
In this session Marian will demonstrate the fundamental importance of attunement in the working through of developmental trauma. Insecure at