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Digital Seminar

Bringing the Body into Therapy: Clinical Tools from Somatic Experiencing

Abi Blakeslee, SEP, CMT, MFT, PhD
1 Hour 57 Minutes
Mar 19, 2021
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It’s now widely acknowledged that the body can be an ally in healing and psychotherapy, and one of the keys to helping clients move beyond trauma and embody resilience. In this recording, featuring experiential exercises, you’ll learn to apply powerful clinical tools from Somatic Experiencing (SE), an approach developed by Peter Levine to treat trauma and other stress-related disorders by gently facilitating the release of thwarted survival physiology bound in the body during a traumatic or overwhelming event. You’ll explore:

  • How to create a vibrant experience of resilience and wholeness in your work
  • How implicit memory shapes our physiological and psychological responses to trauma and recovery
  • Three skills to work with the autonomic nervous system to rebound from trauma and overwhelm



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Abi Blakeslee, PhD, MFT, CMT, SEP
I am a SE faculty and a marriage and family therapist. I have a master’s in counseling and Depth Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical and Somatic Psychology. My dissertation, with a committee that included Dr. Daniel Siegel, generated original research on the role of implicit memory in Somatic Experiencing. My clinical experience is with individuals, couples, children, and families treating a broad base of issues. I draw from over a decade and a half of experience with SEI, teach throughout the country and internationally, and consult worldwide. I am currently conducting evidence-based research on SE to promote its use in trauma informed statewide care initiatives. You can access several SE research publications I have written on my website. I reside in Bozeman, Montana (right outside of Yellowstone National Park), and currently specialize in providing SE individual and group consultations for SE students of all levels. I have faculty level online group case consultations a Saturday of most months. You can join by going to my website I focus on giving practical details in building SE skills and how to integrate various frameworks into your SE practice such as psychodynamic therapy, object/relations, the psychobiological principals of attachment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and SE touch skills. Please feel free to email at, or sign up to receive information about trainings, lectures, and SE research at

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Abi Blakeslee, SEP, CMT, MFT, PhD maintains a private practice. Dr. Abi Blakeslee is a faculty member at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. She is a legacy faculty for the Ergos Institute for Somatic Education. Dr. Abi Blakeslee receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Abi Blakeslee, SEP, CMT, MFT, PhD is a member of the American Association for Marriage Family Therapists; and the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy.

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  1. Assess how implicit memory shapes our physiological and psychological responses to trauma and recovery.
  2. Apply the psychobiology of trauma and the survival responses of fight, flight, freeze as it relates to clinical treatment.
  3. Apply three skills to work with the autonomic nervous system to increase resilience and rebound from trauma and overwhelm.


  • The science and skills of Interoception
  • How awareness of sensation (interoception via the Insula) can read ANS states
  • Introduction to stabilization skills based on interoception
  • Introduce multiple somatic tools that re-wire implicit traumatic memory in the body

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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