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How many bodies are there in this room? An exploration of client & therapist embodiment & its impact on trauma recovery

Shirley Hicks

Research suggests that trauma has a profound effect on the body by disrupting normal physiologic response. Whilst people with PTSD may deal with their environment through emotional constriction, their bodies continue to react to certain physical and emotional stimuli as if there was a continuing threat of annihilation. Within the therapeutic encounter both the client and the therapist may have an experience of a lived body, through the experience of two bodies in relationship. It is through this lived body that a therapeutic narrative can arise that may differ from the narrative that arises from cognitive enquiry. It is these embodied experiences that are a way of exploring the intersubjective world created between therapist and client.

PACFA CONFERENCE 2014
Complexity & Connectedness In Life & Love
13-15 June 2014, Sydney, Australia
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Shirley Hicks

Shirley Hicks is a somatic psychotherapist in private practice. She supports clients to safely reconnect with their body and their world through an intersubjective integration of body and story. Drawing from a range of somatic approaches, Shirley invites curiosity and exploration of an embodied, intersubjective relationship between client and therapist. She contributes to the Wellbeing Magazine and BUPA Healthy E-Newsletter. She is the co-founder of Trauma Sensitive Yoga Australia, an organisation which promotes the benefits of incorporating the body when working with trauma survivors. She also lectures at ACAP.

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