Advanced Seminars and Consultation
for Current and Former Students
During the Fall and Winter of 2014-2015, Dr. Sharon Stanley will continue to offer a number of dynamic one-day advanced seminars for current and former participants of Somatic Transformation.
The upcoming consultations will focus on deepening the six basic practices of Somatic Transformation- Embodiment, Somatic Awareness, Somatic Empathy, Somatic Inquiry, Somatic Interventions and Somatic Reflection.
Participants are invited to bring their own cases for consultation. Each consultation is limited to 10 participants with current facilitators often attending to offer their leadership and support.
These small group sessions will be held on Bainbridge Island at Dr. Stanley's office/learning space at 187 Parfitt Way, Suite 215 in Winslow.
The fee is $180 per session. To register for one or all of these consults, please send us your information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line titled
"2014-2015 ST Consult Reservation".
Once confirmed, a deposit of $20 is required to hold your spot.
The dates are as follows: Class times are the same for all sessions: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm with a break for lunch.
October 3, 2014
November 14, 2014
December 5, 2014
January 9, 2015
February 20, 2015
March 20, 2015
Learning from Sharon Stanley: Trusting
Engagement through Intuitive Process and
By Carol Mayes; MSW LlCSW
I have been thinking about Somatic Transformation, and healing
through a shared felt sense with client, for some time. Having recently
attended Sharon Stanley's "Beyond Abstract Language" workshop,
many ideas were solidified. What I liked about Sharon's presentation
was her ability to demonstrate a level of clinical connection that words
and readings alone cannot adequately express.
When a client of mine experiences an "aha" that arrives through a
knowing within the body, it is a wondrous moment. When I can share
that moment through my own empathic attunement, it is always a good
My work has historically been a patchwork of psychodynamic, family
systems and attachment theories. Somatic empathy is something I may
have always used to some degree, in an intuitive and unstructured way.
But I had not been so tuned into, or trusting of my own experience, to
use it as overtly as Sharon demonstrates. This workshop has freed me
to trust my own intuitive process and felt sense, to help clients identify
and utilize their own somatic responses in ways that are both freeing
and more engaging.
Although I have much to learn about this topic, it is already making a
difference for me. I look forward to reading more, learning more and
taking somatic practice forward in my work.
Is this a risky shift? Perhaps the risk for me would be to discount the
value of this holistic and vital method of practice. Thank you to Sharon
for creating this opportunity in a way that very much spoke to me
personally and has begun to enrich my practice.
The Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work Fall 2013 Conterence, "Beyond Abstract Language" featured Dr. Sharon Stanley
and was a well-attended. Below, two attendees offer their reflections from the conference as published in the WSSCSW Winter 2014 newsletter.
Sharon Stanley and the Power of Face to
By Jacqui Metzger; LlCSW
A number of colleagues have trained with Sharon Stanley and all speak
highly about her and her work, but I met her for the first time at the
October 2013 "Practice of Somatic Transformation" workshop. I didn't
know what to expect, but hoped to learn more about the relationship
between "Somatic Transformation" and the psycho-dynamic and rela-
tional work I do as a therapist and psychoanalyst.
I found there was some overlap along with different vocabulary used for
familiar concepts. However, the focus on our own deeply felt experienc-
es as well as on paying new attention to those of our patients provided a
profound learning experience.
Sharon's presence was powerful; she physically conveyed her passion
for and belief in the concepts and ideas she discussed with us. Sitting
with her was a visceral experience. Even in that big conference room
surrounded by a large group of other clinicians, I felt she embodied the
very concepts she was discussing.
There were many moments that stood out but one resonated in particu-
lar ... early in the discussion Sharon had a power point up on two screens,
one on either side of her. There were some tweaks needed with the
equipment, and finally she said, 'Tm going to turn off the power point
and talk with you:' The now blank screens became background as we
refocused on her and she made contact with us. It was a different kind
of contact - one that didn't happen when the screens were displaying
With all the talk about email, texting, and other kinds of electronic and
screen communications, and the impact on the quality our interactions,
Sharon, in one fell swoop, demonstrated the power of face-to-face con-
tact. In that moment she transformed our collective sense of disconnect
to one of connection.