Post Conference

Exclusive opportunity! Meet the keynotes speakers up close in a workshop setting with limited number of participants (maximum of 50 pr workshop). The Post Conference will be held April 20th and has a separate registration.

Assessing and Improving Emotional Capacities with ISTDP

Difficulty recognizing and experiencing emotions is a core down stream effect of attachment trauma. These effects show up medically as multiple somatic symptoms, diverse psychiatric symptom and the spectrum of personality disorders. Through several decades of video-based research, the Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy model has been developed to help therapists directly detect and manage attachment trauma through the use of close monitoring of somatic anxiety pathways and the somatic pathways of feelings. This workshop will first review the spectrum of patients with attachment trauma and how to recognize the body responses of anxiety to determine a treatment pathway to help diverse patients tolerate and work through unresolved feelings and impulses.


Cultivating compassion to enhance emotional processing

This workshop focuses on how to use compassionate-self focusing to address various emotional difficulties, including self-criticism. Participants will be engaged in personal practice and trying out these practices. Some highlights are:

· How does compassionate-self focusing relate to affiliative processing and how can it organise the mind in particular ways?
· Cultivating compassion with attention training, soothing rhythm breathing, safe placed imagery, compassionate self-cultivation, compassionate-self focusing and compassion image focusing.
· Understand the process of compassion as flow: the compassion we feel for others; the compassion we are open to from others; and self-compassion.


How To Be a Transformational Therapist

This workshop will focus on three AEDP techniques that are foundational to its transformational methodology:
· Transformance detection, and thus the activation of healing from the get-go
· Dyadic affect regulation to experientially process intense emotional experiences
· Metatherapeutic processing for experiential work with transformational experience


How to use a two-chair dialogue to work with destructive self-criticism

Self-criticism is how your mind makes sense of underlying feelings of shame. In this workshop Greenberg will focus on:
· How to identify self-criticism and shame.
· How to evoke and access painful emotions using a two-chair dialogue.
· How to use adaptive emotions to transform the feelings of shame.


Leslie Greenberg

Trauma and the body

Recent neuroscience research demonstrates that painful and traumatic experiences are frequently remembered non-verbally as ‘body memories:” intrusive sensations, self-destructive impulses, and intense emotional reactions. When these implicit memories without words are evoked by trauma-related ‘triggers,’ the overwhelming events of long ago erupt into present day experience. In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify non-verbal memory and how to apply neurobiologically informed treatment techniques drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. These simple body-oriented interventions can address trauma-related challenges of stabilization (dysregulated autonomic arousal, overwhelming emotions, intrusive images, and memories) and of memory processing. Easily integrated into traditional talking therapies, EMDR, CBT, and other modalities, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy can enhance the effectiveness of any therapeutic modality.


Diminishing Barriers to Human Yearning

Open connection with emotional motivation and yearning is key to a vital human life but because we hurt where we care, and care where we hurt, humans tend to defend themselves from their deepest emotional motivations. In this workshop, I will examine a small number of skills drawn from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) that can be used to diminish barriers to six key human yearnings: belonging, feeling, understanding, meaning, competence, and orientation. We will also briefly consider how to build more open and flexible connections to these motives, redirecting the energy they provide once barriers are diminished.


Keynote speakers

Leslie Greenberg

Dr. Leslie Greenberg is one of the originators and primary developers of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for individuals and couples. You can watch a short interview with him here:

Allan Abbass

Dr. Allan Abbass is the founding Director of the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Dr. Abbass’s clinical specialty and research focus is the use of Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), particularly on how unprocessed emotion plays a part in medically unexplained physical symptoms. You can watch an interview with him here:

Diana Fosha

Dr. Diana Fosha is the developer of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), a healing-based, transformation-oriented model of psychotherapeutic treatment. You can watch an interview with her here:

Paul Gilbert

Dr. Paul Gilbert is the founder of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), an approach that focuses on building an emotionally healthier relationship with oneself. You can watch an interview with him here:

Janina Fisher

Dr. Janina Fisher is a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is well known for her expertise as both a therapist and speaker on the topic of trauma and the body in psychotherapy.
You can watch a short interview with her here:

Steven Hayes

Dr. Steven Hayes is renown for his work on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a third-wave cognitive-behavior therapy which focuses on relating to and accepting ones emotions. You can watch his TED-talk here:

“For many years you have talked about me. Behind my back. Over my head. Shouting at me. At times you haven’t even acknowledged my existence, and never have you truly listened to me. I want this to change. I need you to be with me. Sit down with me, and take me seriously. Stay with me long enough for me to tell you about my deepest longings and my heartfelt needs. If you do, I will fuel your voice in the world with magic power and create human connections for you. If you won’t, I will likely cause hell. It’s up to you! I am emotion.”