Upcoming Trainings

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Bonding Beyond Attachment: Shifting relational habits from insecurity to inner security

Lead Teacher: Shirley Dvir, MFT, Ph.D. Student

Teachers: Erica Berman MFT, Jacki Hull MFT, Lu Jackson MFT, Traci Uchida MFT.  

Join us for a four-month course on healing developmental and relational wounds. Relational Somatic Healing is a unique modality that provides the client with an opportunity to study their relational habits and to fully experience a healthy bonding. By shifting clients’ way of connecting with their therapists in the here and now, clients can be more connected with themselves and others outside of the therapeutic setting. This transformational work can lead to lifelong changes such as regulation, resilience, embodiment, empowerment, and inner joy. 

What will you learn?  

  •  Core principles of Relational Somatic Healing

  •  Working with the internal state of the practitioner

  •  Shifting from a hierarchical, role-based perspective to a relational, experiential perspective in therapy

  •  New skills of receiving information in the therapeutic relationship

  •  How to use the relationship between therapist and client as a blueprint for change
  •  Deepening connection through statements and questions
  •  How to utilize countertransference

  •  The map of healthy relational bonding
  •  How to provide a healing experience and shift from trauma vortex to healing vortex.

Bonding Beyond Attachment is a prerequisite to our touch training and is also valuable as a stand-alone training for those interested in transformative relational somatic practice without the use of touch.

5 weekends Saturday-Sunday, 9:30am-4:30pm


March - 4 & 5

March - 25 & 26

April - 22 & 23

May - 13 & 14

June - 10 & 11


2149 Byron Street, Berkeley, CA, 94702

Tuition: $2,400

Payment plans and CE’s available

For application or any inquiries please email relationalsomatichealing@gmail.com


Course Title

Relational Somatic Healing Bonding Beyond Attachment - Live/Online

Course Description 

Relational Somatic Healing integrates mindfulness practices, somatic therapies, and character models to address attachment and developmental trauma as it appears in the clinical relationship. Research shows chronic, early ruptures in relationships can affect a person’s sense of safety, identity, relational connection, and physical and emotional regulation. Beyond attachment course presents a theoretical and experiential practice designed to facilitate a co-regulative healing field between therapist and client. This healing process takes place on the non-verbal level. The course includes experiential practices in which the therapist learns skills to be attuned and receive, use connection statements and questions, and immerse the clients in awareness of their habitual relational patterns in the here and now. Beyond attachment focuses on the clients' relational habits as they show up in the client-therapist relationship.

Leaning on theories of somatic developmental trauma, therapists will recognize five relational bonding needs, how to attune to these needs and offer a new healing experience in the present moment. 

Relational Somatic Healing is a clinical training appropriate for mental health professionals. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

Please note, this course does include activities that are not offered for CE credits. These include meditations, groundings, and small group connections and discussions.

The Details
When: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM; March 4th, 5th, 25th, 26th,  April 22th, 23th, May 13th, 14th, June 10th, and 11th, 2023.

Where: In person at 2149 Byron St, Berkeley, CA 94702.

Faculty: Shirley Dvir, LMFT; Erica Berman, LMFT; Traci Uchida, LMFT; Jacki Hull, LMFT, and Lu Jackson, LMFT.

Cost: $2,400 and $55 for 17 CE credits

Participants need to cancel up to 2 weeks in advance to receive a 100% refund. If canceled after the 2-weeks-in-advance period, they can use the credit for a future training or receive a 50% refund. Program Admin: relationalsomatichealing@gmail.com

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe and apply the core principles of relational somatic healing to create a safe and nurturing space, optimal for the therapeutic process. 
  2. Use an ‘internal state’ method to create a co-regulating relational field between therapist and  client. 
  3. Learn and practice the non-doing state  to facilitate therapeutic change. 
  4. Describe the main components of creating a relational field. 
  5. Practice a non-hierarchical way of being with clients.   
  6. Learn to listen to the therapists’ countertransference as a conduit to facilitate change. 
  7. Learn how to receive the client's nonverbal clues of relating and connecting. 
  8. Utilize the practice of “receiving” in order to create a relational connection and attune to the client’s psychological orientation and relational needs. 
  9. Assess whether the client’s system is open or closed.
  10. Utilize connection statements and questions to bring the client’s awareness to their present moment relational experience. 
  11. Apply practice of immersion into the relational field to discover old, unconscious relational patterns. 
  12. Identify the therapist’s countertransference and use it to assess and form accurate interventions. 
  13. Describe developmental trauma and its relevance to healing. 
  14. Describe the five developmental needs in secure relating.
  15. Offer a new way of relating as a relational intervention. 
  16. Learn how to work with clients’ defenses that block them from receiving nourishment.  
  17. Utilize the relational somatic healing map to guide the flow of your session. 

Target Audience

This course is designed for mental health professionals – PsyDs, PhDs, LMFTs, LMSWs, LPCC, and LEP. 

Accommodations for Disabilities

We are committed to making every accommodation we can outside of the physical limitations of zoom. Individuals needing special accommodations are encouraged to contact Erica Berman at relationalsomatichealing@gmail.com.

Grievance Policy

We seek to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to relationalsomatichealing@gmail.com. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. 

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by Polaris Insight Center, which is co-sponsoring this program. Polaris Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Polaris Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. 
  • LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. 
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact our training coordinator, Relational Somatic Healing’s Yevgenia Kirnos Boccieri at relationalsomatichealing@gmail.com.
  • For other questions about CE, visit www.polarisinsight.com or contact Jana Adamova at training@polarisinsight.com

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Embodied Touch in Psychotherapy 

In-Person Training

Lead teacher: Shirley Dvir, MFT, PhD student

Embodied touch can be applied safely and ethically in psychotherapy. While verbal psychotherapy can feel limited to clients with developmental trauma, integrating safe touch with talk therapy can allow clients to reach deeper levels of healing. Touch can convey messages on a somatic level such as “you are not alone”, “I got your back”, and “you are held” which enhance integration of developmental trauma.

What will you learn? 

  • The ethics and benefits of touch in psychotherapy 
  • Bridging talk therapy and touch-based psychotherapy 
  • The physiology of developmental trauma 
  • Trauma, safety, and regulation 
  • Touch in the therapeutic relationship 
  • Shifting the focus in psychotherapy from wounding to healing
  • Immersing clients in a full, body-mind healing relationship

What’s Included: 

  • 4 hour online training on the ethics of touch in psychotherapy 
  • 5 day-long, in-person touch training including immersive hands-on practice 

This training is open to students who completed the RSH Beyond Attachment program.

We have a limited number of spaces. 


Zoom: May 5th, 9:00am-1:00pm

In-Person: May 17th, 10:30am-5:30pm

    May 18th-May 21st, 9:30am-5:00pm

Tuition: $1,950 

Location: 2149 Byron St, Berkeley, CA 94702 

Payment plan and CE’s available

For application or any inquiries please email RelationalSomaticHealing@gmail.com 



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