Trauma, neuroscience and the body

Trauma not only has a devastating effect on the mind, but also on the body and brain. Yet working with the neurophysiological imprint of trauma on the body is rarely foregrounded in more traditional forms of therapy. Current findings from neuroscience research are showing major breakthroughs in what happens in the brain following trauma, indicating that insight and understanding may only have a limited influence on the operation of subcortical processes. A body-oriented approach, such as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, may therefore offer an alternative way of working more directly with the physiological implications of trauma. The primary focus of this event will be on understanding the neurophysiological impacts of trauma and how this may be addressed through somatically-focused therapeutic interventions.


Dr Andrew Harkin is a medical doctor and a sensorimotor psychotherapist. He teaches and delivers training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in the UK and Ireland, as well as throughout Europe and more recently in Australia and Canada. He has a special interest in the practical application of neuroscience research into clinical settings, with a particular emphasis on the role of directed mindfulness. Drawing on his own research interests and clinical work, Dr Harkin will invite us to consider what it means to do psychotherapy with the ‘brain and body’ in mind.

A companion workshop is also available later this year: ‘The Sensational Body’ with Tony Buckley, Head of Counselling and Trauma Services for London Underground on 2 July 2011 or 16 July 2011.

Booking Information

The fee for this event, which includes refreshments and buffet lunch, is £100 + VAT (£120) members, £120 + VAT (£144) non-members.


Lecture Suite 1A7, School of Psychology, Pevensey Building, University of Sussex, Falmer, BN1 9QH

Tue, 12/04/2011 -
09:30 to 16:30
Contact Information: 

If you would like to attend this event, contact Sheila Simons, Wessex Branch Administrator, at [email protected], placing Sussex: Trauma in the subject line. A booking form and further details will then be sent to you.

Wessex Branch