“Trigger,” “Dissociate,” “Disconnect.” These are just a few of the words that describe that moment your client clenches, scrunches, curls, holds, weeps, or shakes uncontrollably. All dialog stops as their gaze drifts away. In the silence, the visceral experience is happening – now. In this moment, the physical body, in all its presentation of trauma, becomes the most powerful tool available.
The Somatic Session
Get out of the Chair and into the Body
For Therapists, Coaches, and Wellness Experts
Book a personalized training for your group
Get out of the Chair & into the Body
With Soleil Hepner, C-IAYT
Somatic Therapy Educator since 2005
Join us for a transformative journey into harnessing the power of the body in your therapy or coaching practice. In the Somatic Session 6-Module Series, I've distilled two decades of experience into a dynamic exploration of 'bottom-up' direct experiences, and offer simple, ethical, and effective tools to address trauma, pain, grief, stress, recovery, and holistic mental well-being.
What is included?
Each distinct Module has a TOPIC and includes:
EMBODIED EXPERIENCE to find personal relevance
DIDACTIC LECTURE on how this relates to your work
REAL PRACTICE homework for your work and life
COACHING & PEER SUPPORT between sessions
Since 2005, I've taught therapists, coaches, and wellness experts of all kinds how to bring the body into their client sessions. Let's explore how to do that easily and effectively for both in-person and online sessions, whether you are new to this, or already somatically inclined.
In Breath & Body,
PS. Continuing Ed credits (CAMFT) may be available for therapists. C-IAT therapists get CEs here.
What are the TOPICS for the 6 Modules?
Module 1: Awaken the Body
This module lays the groundwork for the series by introducing dynamic somatic
S. P. A. C. E.
Set. Prep. Allow. Connect. Examine.
Therapists begin by exploring the relationship with their own physical body to build an empowered and secure environment for using the body as the tool throughout the client process - from initial contact - to the final note.
Module 2: Explore the Body
This module uncovers how to work with clients to bridge the gap between their past and their future, and to integrate experiences from both into the present. Therapists will learn how to better "get" client’s narrative stories as it presents interoceptively in the body in order to shift REACTION to RESPONSE.
Module 3: Use the Body
Proximity & Touch
This module focuses on the importance of the many ways of consensual touch, movement and propriceptive proximity in therapy. Therapists will explore the various ethical considerations when it comes to using the space between the client and therapist as a tool to facilitate growth and healing.
Module 4: Know the Body
Applying Body Mind
This module provides an overview of the western neuroscience and eastern philosophies that can be used to guide a holistic Mind-Body approach to therapeutic practice. Therapists will gain an understanding of how to apply these theories to grievances like pain, trauma, loss, anxiety, in an effective way that is appropriate for the client in that specific moment of experience.
Module 5: Discern the Body
This module explores how to merge (Rogerian) Dialog techniques with somatic "parts" in the moment when pain, trauma, stress or grief arise in the body. Therapists learn to nourish an environment of acceptance and validation of the body’s organic responses and befriend the natural parts of the self that are revealed in Direct Experience.
Module 6: Practice the Body
As we complete the series, this module focuses on how to move from the insights found in embodied direct experience to actions (not re-actions) that lead to lasting change through self-empowered at-home practices. Therapists will gain the skills needed to help their clients use their experience to move forward with informed choice and transform their lives.
Cost for 2024 Online Series
$50 each Module = $300 for 6
- OPTION #1 BEFORE MARCH 1
Try it! 1st module (REQUIRED) - $30
+ $40 each for additional modules #2 - #6
- OPTION #2 BEFORE MARCH 1
Prepay Entire Series: $198 ($33/each)
+ $50 off 1 private somatic session
CAMFT CEs available at an additional cost through the Pain Trauma Institute here
Consultation is available for an additional cost
Recordings will be available upon payment
I've got a question,
Can I talk to Soleil? Yes!
What supervisors say about Soleil,
"It was a pleasure to bring Soleil in for training our counselors to learn an aspect of clinical support that is not traditionally taught in schools. We appreciated the opportunity to experientially and didactically learn effective somatic based techniques to help clients more thoroughly integrate trauma and reconnect with their bodies. I highly recommend Soleil's workshops to learn a unique and valuable adjunct to traditional psychotherapy."
— Dr. Starr Mackinnon, Stepping Stones Life Transition, San Diego