BREEMA for Trauma Treatment & Somatic Self-Care

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Instructors: Angela Porter, MA, MFT

                          Alexandra Johnson, MD

                          Matthew Tousignant, MA, CMT

Expressive Therapies Summit

Live via Zoom

In this 3-hour online evening workshop, we will explore the role of the body as support for connection, presence, and transformation in the therapeutic relationship. By placing emphasis on the experience of the practitioner, we will explore somatic transference and countertransference and discover how to create a safe, yet dynamic and supportive, relational field in psychotherapy that holds both client and clinician. By cultivating coherence between body and mind using Breema, a dynamic, nurturing, interoceptive practice, we will discover that the body, even in trauma, is our greatest ally, and catalyst for movement towards healing and transformation. Body-mind connection supports the therapist to be present. Presence invites both the client and therapist to contact and move from that within themselves which is inherently whole. Issues of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, stress, and burnout are mitigated. A tangible atmosphere of empathy, acceptance, non-judgment, and aliveness is nurtured by practicing trauma informed/somatically resourced psychotherapy. No prior experience is necessary. We will be moving, stretching, bending, leaning and using our bodies.

Jon Schreiber, D. C., director of the Breema Center and Breema Clinic in Oakland, California, has been teaching Breema in the U.S. and internationally since 1980. He has presented Breema at medical, psychology, bodywork, exercise, holistic health, and personal growth conferences. His numerous articles and books focus on the universal and practical philosophy of Breema. In his clinical practice, Dr. Schreiber uses Breema, Self-Breema, and the Nine Principles of Harmony to help patients discover the real meaning of health.

Alexandra Johnson, MD is a Family Physician, and has been a Breema Practitioner and Instructor for over 20 years. She has found Breema's non-judgmental atmosphere to be invaluable in working with any health condition. Since 2017 she has offered Breema bodywork at in conjunction with Integrative Family Medicine.