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Embodied Healing for Developmental Trauma
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It can be easy to focus on the words a client uses, but some of the most important information they reveal is through their physiology, posture, and movement. Our early life is encoded in the elusive dimension of implicit memory. Thus, a primary way to repair developmental trauma is to work directly with the nonconscious memory systems where patterns of relationship to self, other, and environment originate. You can do this by tapping into the “language” of the body. In this highly experiential workshop, hands-on exercises to engage developmental repair with clients suffering from attachment wounds, emotional abuse, and neglect will be explored. You’ll discover: 

  • Experiential and easy-to-use exercises to foster developmental repair with clients  
  • Embodied movement techniques to help clients initiate action, foster agency and follow-through, and expand their capacity to receive 
  • How to help clients more fully embody their emotions and learn to communicate authentically  

Abi Blakeslee, PhD, MFT, CMT, SEP

Abi Blakeslee, PhD, MFT, CMT, SEP
I am a SE faculty and a marriage and family therapist. I have a master’s in counseling and Depth Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical and Somatic Psychology. My dissertation, with a committee that included Dr. Daniel Siegel, generated original research on the role of implicit memory in Somatic Experiencing. My clinical experience is with individuals, couples, children, and families treating a broad base of issues. I draw from over a decade and a half of experience with SEI, teach throughout the country and internationally, and consult worldwide. I am currently conducting evidence-based research on SE to promote its use in trauma informed statewide care initiatives. You can access several SE research publications I have written on my website. I reside in Bozeman, Montana (right outside of Yellowstone National Park), and currently specialize in providing SE individual and group consultations for SE students of all levels. I have faculty level online group case consultations a Saturday of most months. You can join by going to my website I focus on giving practical details in building SE skills and how to integrate various frameworks into your SE practice such as psychodynamic therapy, object/relations, the psychobiological principals of attachment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and SE touch skills. Please feel free to email at, or sign up to receive information about trainings, lectures, and SE research at

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.



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