We may speak of conditions and consequences as though they were things, but if we look more closely they turn out to be processes with no independent reality.

— Stephen Batchelor

Practical Guide to Somatic Regulation 2022


A somatically grounded, neuroaffective and psychodynamically informed perspective can support clients to transform their adaptive strategies.  Somatic therapies engage cognitive, behavioral, emotional, neurobiological and energetic systems to help clients become more organized and alive. Interventions are bi-directional, moving from cognition to neurobiology and from neurobiology to cognition. As we say, somatic therapists work top-down and bottom-up.

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Somatic Regulation
Grounding, Orienting, Tracking & Titration
An experiential workshop 

Michael Shiffman, PhD, LMFT

March 19, 2022

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We often hear clients say that they feel like their body was hijacked in the face of a triggering event. They can’t think, their nervous system seems to have a mind of its own. They lose their sense of home with their sense of self compromised. Somatic practices that support regulation play a key role in supporting clients to form a secure experience of their felt-sense, a return home to safety and security.  

Grounding, orienting, tracking, titration and pendulation are core observable processes involved in the organic movement toward somatic regulation.  This workshop will emphasize recognizing and working with these observables.  

This experiential workshop will start with a brief review of the autonomic nervous system and will introduce specific ways for clients to ground and orient. This will be followed by a demonstration to identify activation cycles, tracking and titration to deescalate, re-orient and ground.  We will then do a series of dyadic exercises to practice tracking and the management of activation cycles.  Successful management of activation is a bottom-up activity that can support our clients’ sense of agency.

Continuing Education

 A CE certificate is issued after the evaluation is received.  

Psychologists: The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is provides 4 CE units.

MFTs / LCSWs / LPCCs: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA CEs. This course provides 4 CE units.