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​Marian Dunlea’s work explores the interconnection of body, mind, and psyche. Her somatically focused therapeutic technique, which she calls “BodyDreaming,” draws on the findings of neuroscience, analytical psychology, attachment theory, and trauma therapy.  

Trauma, like that we’ve experienced this year, changes our neural circuitry.  It can throw us back into old habits of defensiveness, fear, agitation, and passivity.  The residue of trauma can leave us without a sense of safety, shutting us down to experience.  BodyDreaming offers a way out of such patterned responses to psychological injury and re-injury.

“Wounded, rejected, parts of who we are split off and fall into the somatic unconsciousness,” Marian explains. By bringing our attention to the body’s expression in dreams, symptoms, images, movements, and gestures, we can slowly begin to “unblock areas in the body where complexes and trauma are stored.”

Marian will walk us through simple but enlightening exercises which engage the right brain—and start the process of changing the body-mind’s neural circuitry.  As we begin to reinstate balance to a dys-regulated psyche and nervous system, we also change our default response to trauma.  Setting down new neural circuitry offers greater coherence and flow for the whole system.

Marian Dunlea, M.Sc., IAAP, ICP, is a Jungian analyst and somatics practitioner who has led international workshops on integrating body, mind, and soul for 25 years. She is head of training for BodySoul Europe, part of the Marion Woodman Foundation.  Her new book, BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma:  An Embodied Therapeutic Approach (Routledge , 2019), received both the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis Gradiva Award and the International Association for Jungian Studies Best Book Award in 2019.

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