Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions to Trauma: Exploring the Use of Constitutional Herbalism and Somatics for Healing Trauma
This class will discuss the underlying physiological and neurobiological consequences of trauma and the common resulting long-term patterns which can be altered by using herbs and somatic practices. It will also discuss more subtle emotional tendencies and the ways that herbs and somatic practices can be used to help people who feel trapped in these seemingly intractable patterns. Short-term, acute de-escalation and relief will be covered, as will long-term interventions that help redirect and untangle more persistent patterns so that they recur less and less over time. This class’s approach will emphasize allowing individuals and clients to decide for themselves whether or not they want to include a spiritual component to their healing.
Both Joshua’s and Mordecai’s professional experiences include working extensively with sexual abuse and trauma. This includes trauma rooted in surviving injustice as a person of color; trauma which stems from poverty; family violence, neglect, and
isolation; and trauma which arises from living as a queer, trans, or gender non-conforming person in this world.
The course will use both lecture and experiential teaching methods. Some of the specific topics that will be covered in the class include: panic attacks, depression, sleep disorders, anxiety, challenges with safety, emotional containment and intimacy,
digestive issues, chronic pain, inflammation and other common physical ailments that often accompany trauma, and compulsive behavior/addiction. The class will also present counseling skills and specific somatic practices for working with trauma.
About the teachers:
Joshua Muscat has 20 years of clinical experience as founder and director of the San Francisco Botanical Medicine Clinic, a low- to no-cost herbal clinic with a strong grounding in ethics and access. He is a clinical herbalist and wildcrafter.
Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, MA, has 20 years experience as a multi-modality healer, educator and social justice activist. Trained as a somatic practitioner, Reiki practitioner, and Cranial Sacral practitioner with a background in neurobiology and functional
medicine, he has maintained a specific focus on trauma and trauma resolution using non-pharmaceutical interventions over the last two decades. Read more about Mordecai and his work here: http://bodyeclectic.net/about/
6 Consecutive Tuesdays: August 12th, August 19th, August 26th, September 2nd, September 9th, and September 16th 2014.
Walking distance from North Berkeley Bart. Address provided upon enrollment. Advance payment and registration are required. To Register, contact Adriane by email or phone.
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