Somatic resources for trauma, anxiety & depression

We are so excited to bring these current and research-informed somatic resource practices to you to support bottom-up trauma treatment.

 This 20-hour self-study training is delivered on our easy-to-use self-study platform where you have life-long access to these invaluable resources.

Not only will you learn about polyvagal theory, the nervous system, the bottom-up approach to trauma treatment and the different categories of somatic resources, you’ll have access to an extensive library of somatic-based exercises that you can bring into your client work for a variety of purposes. 

Somatic resources are body-based exercises and experiences to help regulate the nervous system and improve vagal tone to enable a deeper sense of presence, connection, inner peace and self-compassion.   Somatic resources can help a client to function in their everyday life and also support trauma processing.  

Somatic resources include movement, breathwork and visualisations, and much, much more.  They can be incredibly powerful and support clients to help themselves between sessions.

Topics include:-

    • Safe practice
    • Somatic resources within the 3-phase trauma-treatment model
    • 8 categories of somatic resources
    • Skills to support the somatic experience
    • Polyvagal theory and the nervous system
    • Simple anatomy to help embody practices
    • Over 50 somatic resources and ideas

Who is this course for:-

    • Absolutely anyone and everyone – there are so many enriching resources to benefit from.  Whether you are a therapist, client or someone wishing to find some gentle exercises to support your emotional and physical health then this course is for you.
    • Ideal for therapists working in short-term client work and long-term trauma focused work.
    • Compliments other modalities such as EMDR, CBT and talking therapies

Upon completion you’ll gain an in-house 20-hour CPD certificate.


    • 3 trauma videos: relational, developmental and transgenerational trauma
    • Embodiment practices throughout
    • Timeline workshop recording

Psychodynamic theory:

Psychodynamic theory provides a rich backdrop for understanding our clients and can add new dimensions to our client work.  It is based on the premise that human behaviour and relationships are shaped by both conscious and unconscious influences, however, mostly unconscious.

Psychodynamic ideas have been expanded and adapted by theorists from Freud to Jung, to Bowlby and differ in many respects but they do hold common tenets:-

  • That our thinking and behaviour is driven by process that aren’t fully conscious so a key task for the therapist is to support their client in bringing the unconscious into the conscious
  • That past experiences, particularly those from childhood can help us to understand present struggles and difficulties
  • That there are themes and patterns in our life that we are often not aware of and that these pattens tend to repeat themselves
  • There the different parts of the self can often be in conflict which can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions and relationship problems
  • That relationships with significant others (i.e. parents) will be recreated with the therapist.

This course is for you if:

  • You want a deeper understanding of psychodynamic theories to help you understand & work with your clients
  • You’d like to gain a working knowledge of key theorists & concepts including how psychodynamic theory informs us to work with trauma
  • You would like to work in a more integrative way with your clients including using imagery and the creative arts
  • You are interested in the psyche and helping clients make links between their history and current life choices/patterns of relating
  • You are interested in opening the next chapter in your personal development and explore your process further in a creative & experiential way


About the course:

I’m passionate about psychodynamic theory and experiential learning and love teaching this module on our diploma courses.  I’m aware of many humanistic and CBT therapists who are keen to learn more about Psychodynamic theory and this course aims to bridge the gap providing you with confidence to take these complex ideas into your client work.  It is also suitable for the trainee counsellor looking to expand or embed their knowledge.

Course modules:

  • Key psychodynamic principles including role of therapist, the therapeutic frame, containment and the ethical use of psychodynamic theory including working with timelines.
  • Freud – how we can still draw upon Freud’s contributions in the 21st century, includes working with defence mechanisms and transference & countertransference. Assessing ego strength is an important factor in assessing clients.
  • Erikson’s Psychosocial model
  • Jung – archetypes and shadow, working with symbols, myth and fairy tales
  • Jung – Parts work, anima & animus, working with sex and sexuality in the counselling room
  • Klein – Primitive defences, narcissism and erotic transference
  • Winnicott – Key contributions & play in therapy
  • The oedipal complex and modern day adaptations including use of genograms & Adler’s sibling birth order
  • Bowlby & attachment theory
  • Relational and transgenerational trauma

Upon completion:

You’ll gain a Certificate of Completion from our Centre which you can use to evidence your integrative approach. 

20 hour self study course

Only £150

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