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Somatic Therapy - Skills for Working with the Body in Present Moment Time


This presentation will explore through case studies and a range of experiential experiences, the importance of observing and engaging with the body as part of a wholistic bottom up, top down approach.

Aspects of therapist embodiment and its impact on this work, how to track a client's experience, how to enhance interoceptive awareness through curiosity and mindfulness and how to link the thought sense with the felt sense will be explored in this highly experiential session.

Presenter: Shirley Hicks is a somatic psychotherapist and yoga teacher who has been practising for over 25 years. She has a Master of Counselling . Her somatic training was initially in Neo-Reichian techniques but her practice is also strongly influenced by Ron Kurtz the founder of Hakomi, Peter Levine, Babette Rothschild and the developmental somatic work of Ruella Frank. She has a specific interest in how traumatic events in life become part of the body’s story and the person’s experience.

Shirley operates a private psychotherapy and yoga practice on the Gold Coast and is the co-founder of Trauma Sensitive Yoga Australia- an organisation committed to promoting a discussion in both the yoga and wider mental health care community around trauma informed practices when working with clients recovering from trauma. Shirley is also facilitator with the BlueKnot foundation.

Relationships Australia
159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, Queensland 4000
Contact Details:

Ros Turner 0411 468 369 qca@qca.asn.au