MA in MFT, LMT, SEP*
see explanations below
Healing from trauma is an interactive process.
My mission is to help people weave relationships that heal
into the fabric of our family and community lives.
2) Educational Graphics -
The 3-Layer Map of the Autonomic Nervous System lays out 3 very different threat responses and 3 relaxed responses. These form the neurological basis for our emotional states, our perceptual biases, and much of our moods and motivation.
This model makes it quick and easy to notice and strategize about autonomic states:
-states that we get stuck in like freeze, dissociation, anxiety, anger, compulsive
competition, greed, or compulsive niceness, and-states that we can not get to, like deep rest or clear boundary setting or comfort with intimate touch.
This simplified model of the ANS is based on complex new discoveries in neuroscience. It is easy to learn and use. My goal is to get this information out quickly, via graphics to people with little or no training in neuroscience, who need it.
3) Presentations, Classes and Workshops -
The goal here is to transmit an embodied capacity for emotional sturdiness to professionals, community members, friends and families of trauma survivors, and parents of young children. We all carry a trauma load. We all benefit by knowing better how to build relationships where we can heal without retraumatization and without destabilizing our communication partners.
To this end I started The Center for Body Up! Co-Regulation. We use collaborative experiential exercises to build embodied experience of healing and co-regulation. My new book, Body Up!: A Handbook to Nourish Your Nervous System and Your Relationships with Body Up! Co-Regulation is available at WeCoRegulate.com
Our bodies know how to heal. Fear and tears and anger are catching, but so are yawning and enthusiasm and laughter. Let’s get good at supporting this cooperative, interactive, vital process in ourselves and each other.
I work on three fronts to build relationships that heal.
1) Individual Therapy and Supervision Sessions -
We learn and practice how to create a refined sense of cooperation: person to person and mind with body. Together we find what works so that the client’s nervous system can re-regulate itself and clear the residue of trauma. We see no resistance here, only the nervous system showing us what threatens or relaxes it.
This process of interactive regulation in therapy informs other relationships in people’s lives.
All of my work is informed by Somatic Experiencing® and my background in bodywork, body psychotherapy, polyvagal theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and work with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
* MA in MFT - Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy - This educated me to work with relationships, and to think in terms of systems in general and families in particular.
LMT - Licensed Massage Therapist -This gives me a license to touch and so I have experience using touch to help people organize and attend to sensation in the body.
SEP - Somatic Experiencing Practitioner - This work organizes my thinking and working with trauma in the nervous system.
Elizabeth Dennison, L.M.T., S.E.P., M.A. in M.F.T. Building Relationships that Heal