As a psychotherapist, mentor, and teacher, I’m often asked about the role of the nervous system in transformation and healing, and how things like trauma and relational wounding can affect our capacity to feel safe, intimate, and connected with life.
I’ve recently created an 18-hour self-guided home study course to explore all this, weaving together teachings and practices from the fields of depth and somatic psychologies, trauma studies, relational neuroscience, and the meditative traditions. You can learn about the course and how to register below.
>>Learn more about the Resting Your Nervous System self-guided home study course
You can work through the course at a pace that is right for you, from the comfort of your own home. The course consists of 12, 90-minute video sessions, each of which include guided practices and exercises, talks and presentations, and responses to commonly asked questions. The material is also offered on audio as well as through written transcripts, which you can download.
Some of the topics covered in the course include:
- The importance of resting the nervous system, especially in uncertain and transitional times
- How any integral approach to our spiritual lives must include awareness of and sensitivity to trauma and relational wounding
- How the felt sense of safety is the foundation for psychological growth and emotional healing
- The essential role of the body in healing, especially in times of overwhelm and stress
- A not-too-technical, experiential understanding of the nervous system and its role in paths of transformation and healing
- A fresh look at what trauma is and how it is more common than we might think
- The relationship between trauma and feeling unsafe, and how “safety” is the ultimate medicine when it comes to trauma recovery
- Trauma, the nervous system, and the workings of implicit, emotional, and bodily memory
- How and why we cannot “think” our way out of trauma and other types of relational wounding
- The meaning of integration and how trauma is a dis-integrating experience, and the need for experiential process in healing the emotional brain
- Neuroplasticity, caring for ourselves in a new way, and the encoding of new neural circuitry
- The role of the “other” in healing - self-regulation and regulating with another
- Neural integration and the importance of linking together the layers of our experience
- The unconscious investment we may have in not healing and honoring the realities and implications of what true healing will always ask of us
- Establishing a list of specific, individualized practices and exercises you can engage in the moment when you notice yourself activated and overwhelmed
- The importance of understanding our own “window of tolerance” and learning to navigate and widen our window over time
- The role of contemplative practices such as mindfulness, breathing, and yoga - and discerning when they are being used in healthy vs. less-than-healthy ways
- How mindfulness- or meditation-based practice is not always the most wise, skillful, or compassion approach to working with trauma and other relational wounding
- How spiritual beliefs and practices can overwhelm our nervous systems and can also serve as unconscious pathways of self-abandonment and even retraumatization
>>Learn more about the Resting Your Nervous System online course
I hope you find the course beneficial, if you do end up joining, and I look forward to staying in touch over the months to come.