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Swarn Leung, MA, RCC and
Maria Stella, PhD, RCC!!!!
They have recently completed our program to become
Certified Somatic Transformation Practioners!!

Events and Happenings

Learning from Sharon Stanley: Trusting
Engagement through Intuitive Process and
Felt Sense

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.

Conference Notes

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
Face Contact

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
power points.
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.
Welcome to Somatic Transformation

Dr. Sharon Stanley,
author, psychotherapist and educator, announces a foundational twelve-month
Somatic Transformation Training Program,
starting January 2016!!
Now Accepting Applications!
more info here

Advanced Seminar and Consultation

Dr. Sharon Stanley will once again be offering the Monthy Consultation Group July through December 2015 for current and former participants of Somatic Transformation. 

Come join in the dynamic interchanges that happen as Somatic Transformation Practitioners creatively inquire into the clinical dynamics of relational-developmental trauma and explore emerging somatic practices. 
Attendance at these sessions offers 2 units of consultation required for certification in ST.

These small group sessions will be held on Bainbridge Island, WA.  These group consults will be limited to a maximum of 10 participants. Class times are 10:00 am - 4:00 pm with a break for lunch.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015

To register for one or all of these consults, please send us your information via email to somatic.transformation@gmail.com with the subject line titled 2015 ST Consult Reservation.
More info here: