Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI):
New York Chapter
In Conjunction with the NYU Postdoctoral Program In Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis


When My Patient Experiences Somatic Distress:
Techniques to Enhance Self-Regulation

Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 10:30-12:30
Location: NYU Kimmel Center, Washington Square South, room 914

Now that we know that the therapist’s and patient’s bodies have always been in the consulting room, how does contemporary research on the interpersonal neurobiology of trauma, pain and embodied communication inform our psychotherapy technique? What interventions are appropriate and effective if my patient arrives in a state of acute somatic distress or suddenly experiences severe bodily distress in the session? How do I understand and respond when my patient focuses primarily on somatic distress despite my attempts to explore and interpret within the usual psychodynamic framework?

In this experiential didactic workshop, Anderson will demonstrate how she integrates Somatic Experiencing® and Coherence Therapy to treat somatic distress in relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Leading the audience in silent guided processes and discussions that follow, she will identify techniques that can be used to help patients self-regulate distress when experiencing acute, episodic and chronic somatic concerns. The impact of early attachment bonds on the capacity to self-regulate distress and the implications for the treatment relationship will be discussed.

About the Speaker: While an advanced psychoanalytic candidate at the NYU Postdoc, Lewis Aron invited Dr. Anderson to co-edit Relational Perspectives on the Body (1998), a groundbreaking volume bringing the body back into the psychoanalytic consulting room. In Bodies in Treatment: The Unspoken Dimension (2008) Anderson wrote about a 30 year period of being an analysand who was simultaneously experiencing bodywork adjunctively. In 2013, she co-authored Pathways to Pain Relief, with Eric Sherman, Psy.D. Anderson was certified in 2011 as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She was invited to give the Keynote Address in April 2015 at the 22nd John Bowlby Memorial Conference. Her lecture, “It Wasn’t Safe to Feel Angry”: Disrupted Early Attachment Bonds and the Development of Chronic Pain, will be published in the conference monograph. Anderson is on the teaching and consulting Faculty of the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis Trauma Program.
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