Working with the Effects of Trauma on Sense of Self

Date TBC

Date to be confirmed

This weekend workshop is designed for counsellors and therapists who want to develop how they work with clients who present as being stuck and attached to negative, troubled, or self-defeating parts of themselves.

Traumatic events in a person’s life such as attachment issues, loss or bereavement, abuse, or conditional learning may cause such stress that parts of themselves become fragmented or split leaving them distressed or disturbed in some way in their whole sense of themselves.

Neurobiology research indicates that trauma produces stress reactions which are to protect and/or maintain the survival of the person from traumatic events. Flight or fright processes are activated in experiencing trauma though the person may not be able to run, hide, or fight back and is left with parts of their self holding the effects of the traumatic event/s.

The person may experience reoccurring negative thoughts that prevent them functioning well; they may feel anxious or depressed, they may feel shamed or angry, or have some other troubled state of being which makes it difficult for them in their lives and relationships.

There is much evidence that indicates that identifying and focusing on the events that may have caused negative, troubled, and self-defeating parts to develop is not as healing as working with the effects of such events in the present.

Rather than seeking to work through the events that may have caused clients to develop a fragmented sense of self, it may be more therapeutic to acknowledge the fragmented parts of a person as their efforts for survival or ability to cope with their lives, and to bring understanding, acceptance, and compassion to those parts.

Course Structure

In this workshop participants will be introduced to some of the recent neurobiological perspectives of how a person’s sense of self develops and how this sense may become fragmented.

The workshop will also have an experiential focus in which participants will identify and explore with other participants on the workshop any parts of themselves they find difficult or that don’t seem to fit well with their sense of themselves.

Some of the learning opportunities on the workshop are:
• To become aware of neurobiological perspectives of how a fragmented sense of self may develop.
• To understand how the effects of trauma may cause a fragmented sense of self.
• To help clients identify the stress effects of trauma
• To enable clients to integrate fragmented parts of themselves.

Course Trainers

The course trainers are Graham Molyneux and Su Orosa.

Both Graham and Su have extensive experience of group facilitation working together leading and facilitating groups at Foundation Degree and Honours degree level in Person-Centred Counselling at East Sussex College.

Su and Graham have also individually facilitated different sorts of therapeutic, supervision, and support groups in private practice over a period of time.

Course Timetable

Course date TBC

The group will be limited to ten members so early booking is recommended.

Course Price

Fee: £140.00

Instalment Option: Payment plans are available upon request


South Coast Wellbeing and Training
10, The Broadway
Hampden Park
BN22 0AS

Tel: 07979078204- text only

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