Masterclass Kathryn Rheems & Leanne Campbell - Zaterdag 7 maart 2020
Masterclass Kathryn Rheem & Leanne Campbell
The echoes of unresolved trauma live in the bodies of our clients and come alive in their sensations. A common response to feelings of danger, risk or embarrassment is to pull away, to detach, to shrink, to hide. In situations involving intolerable distress, such as childhood neglect and/or trauma and/or cumulative exposure to trauma, this detachment narrows one’s experience, and similarly constricts self/personality development, as well as the capacity to trust others and to manage difficult affect (i.e., narrows capacity to regulate affect/windows of tolerance). Emotional dysregulation, known as the hallmark of trauma, comes alive physically, disorients our clients, scrambles communication, and blocks intimacy. Uncomfortable and distressing sensations – cues for survival, and friends from the past – become triggers in the context of demands for intimacy, typically leading to anger and/or withdrawal, widening the distance between partners and reducing the possibilities for personal growth. Working with, distilling and sharing inner experiences (e.g., sensations, emotions) often feels dangerous to our clients but is the antidote to restoring and/or deepening connection, both with self and other.
In this one-day Master Class, Drs. Rheem and Campbell, long-time ICEEFT trainers, will apply EFT to trauma survivor couples with a focus on sensation and the body, and the impact of trauma on self/personality development, and on the capacity to love and be loved, and to regulate the range of emotions associated with fully living and thriving. Through teaching, video presentation, and experiential learning, participants will learn how to use voice, reflection, and deepening interventions to help partners make contact with their sensations, stay in contact with them in order to assemble, distill and deepen associated emotions, and to then share these inner experiences with each other and thereby break the familiar yet dreaded feeling of emotional isolation, a common result of enduring trauma. The importance of the clinician’s ability to monitor and respond to client’s moment-to-moment experiences will be highlighted, with an emphasis on: