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Digital Seminar

Relational Rupture & Repair Work: A Somatic-Developmental Approach

Abi Blakeslee, SEP, CMT, MFT, PhD |  Dave Berger, MFT, LCMHC, PT, MA, SEP
1 Hour 31 Minutes
Oct 06, 2021
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If you work with COUPLES, FAMILIES, in RELATIONAL psychodynamic work or ATTACHMENT oriented bodywork this somatic workshop is designed especially for YOU. The session will have a brief introduction of the core concepts of Relational Rupture and Repair Work, developed by SE faculty Dave Berger and Abi Blakeslee. The next part of the session will be an interactive demonstration where a conference participant will present a couple or dyad they are working with. They will role-play one of the dyad and choose another person from the audience to role-play the other. Abi and Dave will demonstrate the work and deconstruct interventions based on the model. 



Abi Blakeslee, SEP, CMT, MFT, PhD's Profile

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Abi Blakeslee, SEP, CMT, MFT, PhD
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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Dave Berger, MFT, LCMHC, PT, MA, SEP Somatic Psychotherapist Physical Therapist, Integrative Bodyworker, Developer of Bodywork and Somatic Education™ for Trauma Therapists (BASE™)

Dave has been in the field of Somatics for almost 40 years having first found his way into it by developing his own undergraduate program, somatopsychology, at the University of Maryland. He went on to obtain graduate degrees in physical therapy at Stanford and somatic psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies. He has been significantly influenced by Peter Levine and Somatic Experiencing®, Marion Rosen and Rosen Method® bodywork, Paul Linden's Being In Movement® and other somatics practices, as well as family systems, psychodynamic psychotherapy, manual physical therapy, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy.

Dave is a faculty member of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute teaching the Somatic Experiencing Professional Training and has developed BASE™: Bodywork and Somatic Education™ for trauma therapists. His clinical work spans work with PTSD, couples, individuals, anxiety, chronic pain, medical syndromes/chronic distress, and acute musculoskeletal problems. His professional passion is working along the continuum of behavioral and physical health and teaching other practitioners to do the same. His personal passions are his family and spending time outdoors.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dave Berger maintains a private practice. Dave is on faculty with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and Ergos Institute. He consults internationally with Somatic Experiencing and BASE students and practitioners as well as others interested in the field of Somatics.
Non-financial: Dave Berger has no relevant financial relationships.

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  1. Demonstrate how to work with cycles of relational rupture and repair through embodied interventions.  
  2. Organize somatic repair interventions with classical attachment styles. 
  3. Develop a process of embodied relational repair work with couples.
  4. Evaluate how relational affect physiologically and kinesthetically can be applied to dyadic repair.


  • Cycles of relational rupture and repair 
  • Somatic-based interventions based on attachment styles 
  • Specific couple-based work 
  • Relational affect in dyadic repair 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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