Reaching beyond the western, post Descartes view of mind/body duality as distorted and harmful, I have explored alternative ways of experiencing and conceptualizing the body. I think this is critical when working with addiction because our current understanding and treatment of addiction reflect this disembodied view—addiction is seen as a malfunctioning of our computer-like brains. But the current brain disease model is failing us. Rates are soaring. People are dying in the streets. We can and must do better than this. To approach addiction from a new perspective, I created a model to conceptualize and treat addiction: The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model (FSPM).
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TAKE A TOOL AND RUN
Take a Tool and Run with Dr. Heather Corwin
TR 13: In this March 2020 “Take a Tool and Run!”, we explore sensations to increase awareness, an emotional cuing tool. Body sensations have a direct relationship with emotions, so beginning with basic noticing is a terrific beginning for many of our clients to identify sensations. This can grow to then investigate how those sensations translate into emotions. There is debate about whether emotional mapping originates from cognitive or psychophysiological (Keysers & Gazzola, 2009), but the somatic marker theory contends the sensations become how we map our emotions (Bechara, H. Damasio, & A. R. Damasio, 2000; Damasio, 1994). In 2014, Nummenmaa, Glerean, Hari, & Hietanen conducted a cross-cultural study that identified areas of the body hold sensations that translate to specific emotions, which tells us that this sensation to emotion understanding is a human way of being. Let’s help our clients explore their inner world through sensation to translate and make more clear their individual experience.
-Dr. Heather Corwin www.CorwinCounseling.com. More can be found at www.BodybyHeather.com.
Dr. Heather Corwin’s Take a Tool and Run is a monthly vlog that offers quick and effective tools to share somatic centering practices.
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Michael Ostrolenk is a licensed psychotherapist who completed his MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and did post-graduate studies in somatic psychology at the California Institute for Integral Studies . He is certified in Spiral Dynamics and Wade Mindsets. Michael is Head Instructor for SEALFIT’s Unbeatable Mind Academy as well as a personal development coach. Michael is also the host of #ORadio , a podcast which explores individual and social transformation.
Ostrolenk speaks with Dr. Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray, an award winning dance movement therapist and a somatic/human rights psychotherapist. Dr. Gray has worked for many years with people who have survived human rights abuses, war, and torture. Dr. Gray details how various educational and career experiences, and ultimately her time in Rwanda, drove her decision to pursue her degree in Somatic Psychology and Dance/Movement Therapy. Dr. Gray details her creation of Restorative Movement Psychotherapy, a clinical counterpart of the Poto Mitan IHaitian Creole for “Center Post/Place) Trauma and Resiliency framework, and how her experiences have evolved her view of the body politic and the ways in which we dehumanize the body. The intersection of spirituality and science, of humans and the Earth, and humans and animals are a few of the spaces in which Dr. Gray is increasing her work. To learn more about Dr. Gray, and her numerous programs, visit her website https://ambergray.com/ and visit her on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/amber.e.gray.9.
BODY MIND SPIRIT
- Volunteer to help people support each other in this crisis April 1, 2020With the pandemic, people have to avoid unnecessary contact. Social distancing dramatically affects people’s ability to find comfort in connection. We cannot directly give emotional support to all who need it. But we can teach people simple tools they can use to support each other. See what you can do about it below the video. […]Relational Implicit
- Stephen Porges: Countering the effects of social distancing March 18, 2020Social distancing and separation are a big part of what is needed to deal with the pandemic. In this short conversation, we talk about how to counter their effects: we still need to be sensitive to our nervous system’s need to socially engage and connect. Below the video, you will find a transcript. You can […]Relational Implicit