From Cell to Soul
The next step in pioneering training that combines neuroscience, physiology and psychotherapy.
Neurosomatic Psychotherapy supports emotional, psychological, and spiritual alignment in the client with targeted awareness of the body and brain’s contributions to the process.
This course, which is accredited by the National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists:
Provides exposure to cutting-edge neuroscience and neuropsychology principles and research to provide underpinning for psychotherapeutic interventions
Encourages idiosyncratic mastery in each trainee in the live application of the above
The course comprises 37 weekly online meetings online (three hours each), and two retreat weekends (attendance in person or online), totalling 150 contact hours.
Each weekly class is scheduled to include:
- A formal teaching on an advanced neurosomatic psychotherapy topic
- Process group supervision with a focus on neurosomatic psychotherapy work
- “Lab” for researching and experimenting with arising topics
Here is an indicative overview of weekly study themes:
Cognitive domains and their use in therapy
Classification systems of cognitive domains, neurophysiological connections between domains, typical client presentations with weaknesses in different domains).
Brain health maintenance and improvement
Including from exercise, hand-eye coordination, social interaction, brain stimulation.
Neuroplasticity mechanisms and rehabilitation
Including support for brain plasticity with BDNF, recovery from stroke, TBI, etc.)
Selected neuroanatomical and neurophysiological pathologies
Including problems from amygdala enlargement (in trauma, eating disorders, etc.), lack of grey matter pruning in childhood (conduct disorder), lack of frontal lobe and limbic system connections (emotional dysregulation), issues with white matter connectivity (psychosis), etc.
Brainwaves – and their use for learning and unlearning
Including induction methods into slower brainwave states for insights, then “resurfacing” into faster brainwaves for application to current life situation.
Interoception mechanisms and improvement
Including embodied emotion and embodied cognition, facial / body feedback, changes over lifetime, and traits like alexithymia and synaesthesia, clinical instruments for diagnosis.
Mirror neurons and mimicry, and their use in therapy
Heart rate synchronisation, selective endocrine coordination, pupil dilation matching, and more.
Placebo mechanisms, ethics and psychotherapeutic application
Including endogenous endorphin and CCK modulation.
Neuroscience of spiritual experience and awakening
Including meditation, spoken and body prayer, ritualistic movement, momentary and enduring enlightenment.
Working neurosomatically with gender and relationship
Including neuroanatomical development of gender identity, individual gender mosaic, gender dysphoria, neurochemistry of relationship stages, longer-term mirroring within couples, etc.
Supporting creativity in the psychotherapeutic process (in therapists and clients)
Including neural networks involved with creativity, methods for improving lateral and parallel thinking, etc.
Exploring neurosomatic mechanisms behind psychotherapeutic phenomena
Including transference, countertransference, introjects, projection, projective identification, shadow, etc.
Neuroscience and physiology of chemical and behavioural addictions
Including role of dopamine and associated receptors, genetic propensity, impact of recovery programmes, etc.
Neuroimaging and neurofeedback techniques and their use in psychotherapy
Including introduction to established and emerging neuroimaging modalities, neurofeeedback deployment as adjunct to psychotherapy.
The Importance of breath
Including physiology of breathing, neuropsychological connections & implications, and research-evidenced breathing practices for therapy use).
The Gut Brain
Including impact on brain health and behaviour by microbiome, enteric nervous system and brain connections, considerations for therapy clients.
Chronic Pain and Disrupted Early Attachment
Including neural networks for processing social, emotional and physical pain, pain tolerance for different attachment styles in loved one’s presence / absence.
Neuroscience of the Gestalt Cycle
Including connecting the stages of the cycle to neuroscientific and neuropsychological research findings.
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- Entry Requirements
- Location & Times
- Application Process
- Training Dates 2022
- Training Dates 2023
Applications are invited from counsellors, therapists, psychologists, mental health professionals, coaches and spiritual advisers, qualified at Level 5 or above. You must in active practice with clients, so contributions can be made to group supervision.
You can be located anywhere in the world so long as you speak and write fluent English and have a stable and fast internet connection.
The cost for the Diploma programme is £4,250.
This can be paid in one lump sum (you will get a 2.5 discount), or in 12 monthly instalments. A non-refundable deposit of £230 is payable on acceptance of a place on the programme.
A limited number of bursaries are available. When asking for a bursary, please explain the reasons in your application.
In addition to your course fees, you will need to pay for travel, accommodation if you’re staying at the retreat venue, and any extra food and drink, outside of that provided by us.
Online via Zoom, from 11am to 2pm (GMT) on Mondays in term time.
There will be two retreat weekends. These will take place at Affinity’s Training Centre in Russell Square, London, or you can participate on Zoom.
Applicants are required to complete the application form.
If you meet the entry requirements, you will be invited to a video or telephone interview with the Course Director. If your application or interview is not successful, we will give you constructive guidance if wish to re-submit or interview again later.
A Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Neurosomatic Psychotherapy will be awarded to students who:
- Actively participate in class, measured against a list of competencies
- Successfully complete a 5,000+ word client case study
- Successfully complete a 5,000+ word essay from a choice of three Neurosomatic topics
Plus two weekends to be decided by the group.
Training dates for 2023 will be published later in the year.