The Day

This workshop is a follow up to the two held previously ‘Working with Trauma in its Many Guises’ and ‘Building Confidence in Working Somatically with Trauma’. The purpose of Part 2 was to look at the defensive actions of protectors protecting the deeply traumatised parts that hold pain and memories of traumatic incidents. This day focuses on the deepest level of trauma processing and requires exquisite knowledge of how to process traumatic memories in Phase 2 of the ISSTD Guidelines (2011) for working with traumatic memories.

In the morning session of this workshop, we will look at how we might recognise that we are working with the severely traumatised parts and memories and how we can be sure we have worked to remove the blockages and defensive strategies of protector parts. We will look in depth of how to work with the somatic presentations of the frozen and stuck presentations of traumatised parts. Emphasis will be placed on learning and practising skills and ways of working with the body.

In the afternoon we will look at more complex cases and specialist areas eg working with emotional neglect, attachment issues and complex posttraumatic stress, CPTSD and dissociative disorders. There will be an opportunity to do some case supervision and delegates will be asked to send in client case studies in advance. This workshop will offer a body based somatic focus and opportunities to practise techniques for working with severely traumatised clients. Finally there will be a short Q & A session.

About the trainer

Paula Biles is an accredited UKCP psychotherapist and a registered member of the BACP. She is a Certified Advanced Sensorimotor and Internal Family Systems therapist and an EMDR practitioner.
She was trained by Janina Fisher and has completed other trainings with Bessel van der Kolk, Ellert Nijenhuis, Onno van der Hart, Dan Siegel, Suzette Boon and Babette Rothschild. She originally trained as an integrative psychotherapist and explores different ways of working with trauma but all with a body oriented focus and has trained in the latest approaches eg CRM and Brainspotting.
She has worked with trauma, complex trauma and the spectrum of dissociative disorders for over 12 years and currently works in a London clinic and in private practice as a therapist, supervisor and trainer. She has a wide range of knowledge and experience in working with trauma, attachment and developmental issues with both adults and young people.
She is a trustee of the national trauma charity TAG-UK and a committee member of the UK Association of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Paula has contributed to several textbooks on counselling and psychotherapy and is particularly interested in integrating new approaches and neurobiological advances into therapeutic treatment. Paula is a member of ISSTD and ESTD.


The venue is CCPAS, Greenbox Storage, College Road, Swanley BR8 7LT, Kent

May 2018



Paula Biles

£ 60


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