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Somatic Psychology – “Somatic Relational Healing” with Shirley Dvir & Erica Berman

Somatic Psychology – “Somatic Relational Healing” with Shirley Dvir & Erica Berman

July 20-22, 2021 (4:00-6:30pm) (3 evening online classes)

(Included in the Somatic Education Module at Moving On Center – School of Participatory Arts and Somatic Research)

Relational Somatic Healing is a practice grounded in the principles of connection, loving presence, heart-fulness, relationship, trusting the body’s wisdom and non-doing.

We are influenced by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (Body Mind Centering), Hakomi, Polyvagal Theory, Craniosacral Therapy, Cellular Consciousness, Taoism, Black Psychology, Feminist Psychology & Time Limited Psychodynamic Theory (Hannah Levinson). We value being in the present moment with each other, our clients, and ourselves. In this training, we will share the basic principles of this practice, and talk about how this method was birthed and came to be.

You will learn how we receive and connect with ourselves and our clients. We will also share some of the basic tools of our practice and the concept of how we hold the idea of offering the missing experience. There are a few core early survival strategies that people embody, and we will share with you what we have learned, how to receive and perceive them, and what to do to offer the nourishing experience that can support deep shifts happening through safe relationship, co-regulation, and authentic connection.

Phone: 510-524-5013.

$175 for the entire workshop (3 mornings). No one-day drop-ins.

Shirley Dvir, MFT is the founder and lead teacher for Relational Somatic Healing. She is a Certified Hakomi Teacher and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 44258). Prior to this, She earned a BA in Social Work from Haifa University in Israel and an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Shirley teaches at John F. Kennedy University and at the California institute for integral studies. She supervises associates on their way to become MFT’s and mentors licensed practitioners as well. She also teaches In Israel at Shiluv Center in Tivon. Shirley has been practicing psychotherapy since 1997 in agencies and private practice, seeing families, children, couples and individuals. She has training in psychodynamic work, attachment, EMDR, Sensorimotor Trauma Therapy, the Enneagram, family therapy, CranioSacral Therapy and Body Mind Centering (Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen). Her main work today focuses on healing relational wounds with safe embodied touch. Her spiritual practice and meditation support how she holds her work and her teaching. She has a private practice at Anam Cara, a holistic healing center in Berkeley, CA.

Erica Berman, LMFT is faculty at Relational Somatic Healing. She is a queer/LBGT somatic therapist who focuses on issues of abandonment, anxiety, grief, trauma, holistic and spiritual health. She is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy University Somatic Psychotherapy Masters program, and is a certified eco-therapist through the Earth Body Institute. She is a student of Hakomi method, Theta Healing, and EMDR. She is grounded in a history of movement organizing, and holds an anti-oppression, intersectional lens. Her Jew (witch) spiritual practice, as well as the tenets of Buddhism are deeply intertwined with her work as a somatic healer. She has a private psychotherapy practice with Axis Mundi Center, and believes whole-heartedly in the healing power of touch for deep systemic change.


Jul 20 - 22 2021


4:00 pm - 6:30 pm




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