Unspeakable feelings need to find expression in words. However… verbalization of very intense feelings may be a difficult task.
~James A. Chu, Rebuilding Shattered Lives: Treating Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders
Last spring I offered a program called Self Care for Challenging Times. It was a three month program where I offered basic information about our nervous system and sensory system while also providing practical tools for soothing the sympathetic nervous system, connecting to our boundaries (where we end and another begins) and reclaiming our bodies as ours, and finding our ways to center and ground. In nutshell, I was offering the first three parts of the Trauma Informed Embodiment™ approach I have been developing over the last several years.
I called the program “self care” because I deeply believe that a basic and essential part of our personal (and communal) self care is developing and practicing the skills to soothe our systems, to connect to and honor our boundaries, and to be able to center and ground and remain present during uncomfortable situations.
Late last year when I began to develop the six month Trauma Informed Embodiment (TIE)™ Level 1 group program, I decided to change the name of the self care program to more aptly reflect, and connect, my full body of work as it relates to TIE. And so the name change to Trauma Informed Embodiment (TIE)™ Basics. Because truly, this three month program offers all the basics of the first three parts of the TIE approach, in addition to the basic information I share about our nervous and sensory systems and how they work.
TIE™ Basics offers simple, practical tools to help you self-regulate and self-soothe your nervous system. We will also explore our boundaries, their physicality and begin to develop a deeper understanding of where we end and where another begins, physically, emotionally, and psychologically. We will also begin to practice being present in the current moment, in our environment, in relationship, and within ourselves.
TIE Basics differs from TIE Level 1 in a few distinct ways:
Length of program: Basics is three months in duration while Level 1 is six months
Material: Basics offers the first three parts of the TIE approach while Level 1 offers the first four. In Basics program, I offer fewer exercises (though still enough for you to find what works right for you). In addition the amount of “psycho-education” in Level 1 is far greater and more in-depth than in Basics.
Cost: Basics is $79 per month and I offer several partial scholarships for this program as a way for me to serve the greater community and provide these tools to those who may not be able to afford or have the time for the more in-depth Level 1 program. Level 1 is $125 per month and I do not offer scholarships or discounts for it at this time.
Group Calls: Basics has three live group calls (one per month); Level 1 has thirteen live group calls (one every other week for our six months together).
General Focus: Basics looks at this work through the lens of self-care, while Level 1 looks through the lens of processing trauma.
TIE Basics is a great place to start and see if the TIE approach is right for you. It’s a lower cost way to work with me, get to know my work, and get to know me better. It is a perfect place to start if you are at the beginning of your trauma processing journey using somatic approaches. It is a fabulous place to learn practical and basic tools to help you regulate your system.
While TIE Basics is less rich than TIE Level 1, it is still full of practical exercises and information to help you find ways to self-regulate more consistently. It has tools that you will be able to utilize for the rest of your life and pass on to friends, family, colleagues and clients.
If you’d like to learn more about the TIE Basics program you can click right here. Or if you would like to meet with me on Zoom for a 30-minute chat to see if this program is right for you, go here and fill out the consult request form. I’d love to talk with you and answer your questions!
Did you miss the essay and video series I created to introduce the topics and ideas we’ll be exploring in this program? If so you can find them at the links below: