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Digital Seminar

Somatic Approaches for Working With Anger and Healing Trauma: Essential Clinical Skills and Demonstrations Using Body-Based, Polyvagal, and Neurobiological Interventions

Abi Blakeslee, SEP, CMT, MFT, PhD
6 Hours
Audio and Video
Dec 12, 2023
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When a client is experiencing anger, what do you do? Coping skills and calming techniques often only provide a temporary fix. In this workshop, you’ll learn leading-edge skills and interventions to use when anger overwhelms the body. Through examples and a real-life therapy session, we’ll break down these skills moment by moment. You’ll discover how to:

  • Help clients learn from their body how to work with their own angry emotions  
  • How to explore conscious awareness of bodily sensations without being overwhelmed  
  • Practice emotional expression with clients  
  • Work with clients to create a new experience of developmental repair



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 6.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.


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Dr. Abi Blakeslee, is founder of Implicit Psychotherapy. She’s senior faculty at Somatic Experiencing International and legacy faculty for Dr. Peter Levine’s Ergos Institute for Somatic Education.  She’s the co-founder of Relationship Repair. She teaches and supervises worldwide.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Abi Blakeslee is the founder of Implicit Psychotherapy, co-founder of Relationship Repair and maintains a private practice. She has employment relationships with Somatic Experiencing International and Ergos Institute for Somatic Education. Dr. Blakeslee receives a speaking honorarium and product royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Abi Blakeslee is a member of the American Association for Marriage Family Therapists, the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy, the Women in Neuroscience, and the Society for Neuroscience.


  1. Practice identifying observable shifts and changes in client states in psychotherapy.  
  2. Theorize on the importance of interoception, or the client’s own awareness of their bodily sensations, in therapeutic change.  
  3. Demonstrate three interventions for helping a client connect with feelings of anger.  
  4. Differentiate between different types of anger from maladaptive to healthy.


  • Recorded deconstructions of videos of working with intense client anger  
  • Working with developmental repair between therapist and client  
  • Recognizing and working with survival physiology in session  
  • Working with states of anger to move clients to socially engaged and healthy aggression  
  • Using action and movement to process feelings of anger that leads to personal empowerment  
  • Utilizing observational skills for embodied emotional expression  
  • Building new capacities with clients to experience an authentic sense of self and security 

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Physicians 
  • Nurses 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Other mental health professionals

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