Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Encountering the Sacred Temenos: Somatically Integrating Cumulative Trauma and Discovering Wellbeing Within
by Phillips, Chelsea, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2017, 75; 10259259
Abstract (Summary)

This paper explores trauma as a continuum and how various forms of trauma can be treated with mindfulness and somatic psychotherapy modalities. Ten modalities are discussed through hermeneutic, heuristic, and intuitive inquiry research methods: mindful breathing; mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR); emotional freedom techniques (EFT) and energy psychology; eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and attachment focused EMDR; Hakomi mindfulness-centered psychotherapy; sensorimotor psychotherapy; somatic experiencing; acupuncture, Soma Neuromuscular IntegrationĀ® bodywork, and authentic movement. Unique to this thesis is the approach to somatically releasing trauma using an acronym framework created by the author, conceptualized as Safety, Trust, Acceptance, Belonging, Love, Earth, and Ecopsychology (STABLEĀ©). Adding a depth psychotherapy perspective, the myth of Inanna is offered as an allegory to enrich the practice of co-regulating patients as they work through their trauma narratives. Recognizing nature as an essential component to healing the wounds of the soul adds an ecopsychological and wilderness therapy perspective.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Altman, Avrom
Commitee: Elliott, Jemma
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Alternative Medicine, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Depth psychotherapy, Ecopsychology, Emotional regulation, Integration, Somatic, Trauma
Publication Number: 10259259
ISBN: 9781369682397
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