Relational Somatic Healing

Embodied touch in psychotherapy

Explore the Radical Potential of Healing Beyond Words

Touch, our very first language, can reach the deepest layers of our experience and our healing potential. Although the latest research and science supports the healing benefit of touch, many psychotherapists are afraid to use it in their practice. Touch, if done in an embodied, slow, and gentle way, can be an ethical and safe therapeutic tool. Using touch we can have direct access to the physiology of developmental trauma, character style and attachment, and can move far beyond the limitations of verbal exploration. We are here to teach you how to hold your clients’ growth and transformation.

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“It’s about trust.

Trusting that your body knows what to do. It made itself, whatever it is and whoever you are.

Nobody else knows what’s going on

The way you do.”

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

“ People have been healing each other since the beginning. Long before there were surgeons, psychologist, oncologist, and internist, we were there for each other…the enormous power in the simplest of human relationships : the strengths of a touch, the blessing of forgiveness, the grace of someone else taking you just as you are and finding in you an unsuspected goodness.

Everyone alive has suffered. It is the wisdom gained from our wounds and from our own experiences of suffering that makes us able to heal. Becoming expert has turned out to be less important than remembering and trusting the wholeness in my self and in everyone else. Expertise cures, but wounded people can be best healed by other wounded people. Only other wounded people can understand what is needed, for the healing of suffering is compassion, not expertise”.

Kitchen Table Wisdom / Rachel Naomi Remen

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Shirley Dvir

MFT # 44258

Shirley is the founder and lead teacher for Relational Somatic Healing. She has the background of being a Certified  Teacher and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 44258). Prior to this, She earned a BA in Social Work from Haifa University in Israel and an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Shirley teaches at John F. Kennedy University and at the California institute for integral studies. She supervises associates on their way to become MFT’s and mentors licensed practitioners as well. She also teaches In Israel at Shiluv center in Tivon. Shirley has been practicing psychotherapy since 1997 in agencies and private practice, seeing families, children, couples and individuals. She has training in psychodynamic work, attachment, EMDR, Sensorimotor Trauma Therapy, the Enneagram, family therapy, CranioSacral Therapy and Body mind centering (Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen). Her main work today focuses on healing relational wounds with safe embodied touch. Her spiritual practice and meditation support how she holds her work and her teaching. She has a private practice at Anam Cara, a holistic healing center in Berkeley, CA.

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Relational Somatic Healing

2915 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Berkeley CA, 94703

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