Relational Somatic Training

Relational Somatic Training

The Relational Somatic Therapy program is a comprehensive 200-hour Training Program, delivered primarily in-person, through a series of learning modules and monthly Skype/Zoom calls. Class size is limited to 15 participants to ensure the experiential and mentorship quality of the program. The modules focus on practical skill building in body-centered counselling, trauma renegotiation and relational repair. Each module is deliberately structured and is accompanied by an extensive manual.  The 3-day Somatic Study and Play Group is an introduction to Relational Somatic Therapy and the prerequisite to the 200-Hour Training Program.

“The training offers participants an experiential immersion into somatic studies. Current research in the field of neurobiology, trauma and attachment is paired with playful explorations of the material. As both right and left hemisphere learning is fostered, the material comes alive and skills are integrated. Experienced and safe mentorship within a small group format supports the process of deepening into and embodying the learning. As we allow ourselves to become informed yet humbled, and sit with human suffering, as we become more fluent in our response, capacity for more presence and clinical attunement arises.”
– Mariah Moser

Relational Somatic Therapy Program

Nelson 2019/2020 Training Dates:         PROGRAM  FULL

October 18th, 19th & 20th (2019)
November 22th, 23th & 24th (2019)
December 13th, 14th, 15th (2019)
January 24th, 25th & 26th (2020)

February 21st, 22nd & 23rd (2020)
March 20th, 21st & 22nd (2020)
April 24th, 25th & 26th (2020)

Friday and Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


Nelson 2020 Training Dates:         PROGRAM  FULL         

February 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th
April 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th
June 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th
August 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st
September 26th & 27th

10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Vancouver 2020 Training Dates:        PROGRAM  FULL

March 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th
May 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th
July 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th
September 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th & 21st 

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Vancouver 2021 Training Dates:

March 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th (5 day module)
May 14th, 15th, 16th & 17th (4 day module)
July 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th (4 day module)
September 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th (5 day module)

10:00 am – 5:00 pm


The financial investment for the 200-hour training program in Relational Somatic Therapy is $4,600 for the full payment of course fees. For payment plan fees and funding options, please contact Shoshana at


Module 1: Body Centered Counseling Skills

This module is an introduction to Relational Somatic Therapy and focuses on the science and practice of body-focused work:

  • The cultivation of presence and relational attunement
  • Somatic work as an awareness practice
  • Elements of Relational Somatic Therapy
  • Brain integration and the somatic approach
  • Working on a sensory-motor level and using language effectively
  • Initiating and setting up a client relationship / therapeutic alliance
  • Skill building (joint field of awareness, tracking, contact statements, assisting differentiation, working with limited self/core essential self, mapping, sequencing and reframing)
  • The role of psycho-education
  • Differentiating the somatic approach from other approaches to counseling.


Module 2: The Psycho-Physiology of Trauma and Trauma Resolution Work

This module addresses the nature of trauma and elements of trauma renegotiation:

  • The Neurobiology of trauma and trauma resolution
  • Ways to understand the impact of trauma on the physiology from a polyvagal perspective
  • Learn to read nervous system signs and non-verbal cues
  • Window of tolerance / understanding hypo and hyper dominant responses and building resilience in the system
  • Core principles of navigating safely and effectively
  • The role of fusions and dissociation in trauma resolution work
  • The nature of memory and principles of updating trauma imprints.
  • Assisting completion of survival responses in the body experience
  • Diagnostic tools
  • Renegotiation and transformation of trauma


Module 3: Relational Somatics

This module focuses on relational wounding and repair as well as building secure functioning in attachment focused therapy:

  • The neurobiology of environmental failures during development
  • Landmarks of developmental trauma
  • Trauma and the developing brain
  • Elements of working with developmental wounding
  • Toxic shame versus healthy shame and how to work with shame in a therapeutic setting
  • Cycles of rupture and repair
  • Attachment theory and somatic approaches and interventions for attachment repair
  • Working with the encapsulated inner child
  • Splits and structural dissociation of the personality
  • Understanding transference and counter-transference dynamics
  • The role of touch in the therapeutic process
  • Somatic perspectives on psychopathologies
  • Sexual abuse and working with victim–perpetrator dynamics
  • Scope of practice


In between modules, students are expected to devote time each week to personal study, reflection, practice and integration:

  • Reviewing the extensive manual that accompanies the training
  • Set up regular, weekly practice session with peers from the training
  • Participate in zoom group supervision calls and tutorials
  • Attend to additional readings


For more information, please contact Shoshana at

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