Williams, PhD


Registered Clinical Psychologist, #90-05403

Workshops / Events

Mindful/Somatic Approaches to Trauma

2-Day Intensive Training  (New Plymouth)








There has been a steady movement within the field of trauma therapy over the past few decades towards the increasing recognition that:


(a) Psychological trauma (i.e., PTSD, acute trauma and developmental trauma) is primarily held within the body and nervous system


(b) Working directly with the body (via sensations, impulses, breath, posture, etc.) is therefore key to resolving entrenched trauma conditions


...and (c) That a particular attitude of open curiosity to one’s present experience—i.e., mindfulness—is an extremely helpful component to recovering from these conditions



As therapists and other helping professionals supporting people who grapple with unresolved trauma, we are fortunate that a number of methods have been developed in recent years that incorporate these principles, and which have been providing tremendous healing for millions of people around the world who have struggled with trauma conditions.


Among the most well established of these methods are Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing and EMDR. In this workshop, you will learn and practice an integrative approach to mindful/somatic trauma therapy that draws from the collective wisdom and practice of these and other closely related methods. In particular, you will...


... learn a simple yet powerful universal framework for making sense of extreme emotional and traumatic states, helping you to identify where your clients' experiences are on the spectrum of ANS (Autonomic Nervous System) arousal, and therefore which interventions are likely to be most helpful at any given point in the therapy process. This theoretical framework is based on the latest research on the psychology and physiology of trauma.


... learn a broad map outlining the essential stages of the overarching process of trauma-focused therapy.


… develop your own capacity as a therapist to remain present and grounded, safely holding the space for clients to do the difficult work of trauma recovery, while not risking your own dysregulation, vicarious trauma and “burnout”.


... learn a number of effective yet relatively simple mindful-somatic tools based on these methods that you can begin using right away to…


* Help your clients develop confidence working with strong feelings and nervous sytem dysregulation


* Help your clients develop a sense of groundedness, presence and orientation


* Help your clients to develop a rich and healthy connection with their own feelings and needs


* Make the distinction between a beneficial "emotional release" and being "stuck in a trauma response"


* Work with flashbacks, intrusive memories and nightmares


* Work with somatization (unresolved feelings/memories held within the body)



*Due to the highly experiential nature of this workshop, it is strongly recommended that participants have some counseling/psychotherapy experience prior to attending this training.


*In order to maximize individual support and allow for sufficient social distancing in our workspace, this workshop will be capped at 24 participants.

Training Details


Venue:  East End Surf Life Saving Club, East End Beach, Nobs Line, New Plymouth


Dates and times:  19th & 20th March, 2021   (Fri/Sat; 9:00am-5:00pm on both days)


*Snacks/teas will be provided morning and afternoon on all days (lunch is not provided)


Investment:  $450 (incl. GST)


* Early Bird rate of only $395 if paid in full by 31st January, 2021


*Numbers are limited to 24 students, so you'll want to register as soon as possible to ensure obtaining a space.




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Payment Details (for the trainings/workshops above)


To submit payment for either of the above workshops, deposit the full amount into the following bank account (contact me if you'd like to discuss a payment plan):


Account Name:  Williams Services Limited

Account Number:  06 0729 0659387 00


...and then please contact me to confirm that you have done so.


If you would prefer to pay by credit card, you can use this PayPal link, but note that they charge a 3.4% c/card fee (which would be added to the training cost)


*I will send a GST receipt and confirmation email upon receipt of payment.  


*These trainings are likely to fill up (being capped at 24 students), so you'll want to secure your place as soon as possible.  



Regarding Refunds:


For cancellations at least one month prior to the start of the training, you're eligible for a full refund (less a $25 processing fee).


For cancellations less than a month but more than 2 weeks prior to the start of the training, you'll eligible for an 80% refund.


NO REFUNDS will be given for cancellations made less than 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the training.


FULL REFUNDS will be given if we are required to cancel due to the Covid Alert Status.

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