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Psychobiological & Spiritual Perspectives on Trauma

Increasing our Capacity for Connection, Aliveness & Joy:
A 5-Part Series with Julie Brown Yau

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In this unique 5-week interactive course, we will explore how to create healthier levels of connection, aliveness & joy. By deepening our knowledge of trauma and how trauma affects us, we can begin to resolve symptoms and unconscious patterns and defenses, to significantly enhance our lives and relationships. Exploring the intrinsic relationship between trauma and spirituality can foster emotional maturity and psycho-spiritual growth. Each week we will explore different aspects of trauma, with psychobiological, neuroscientific & spiritual perspectives. A weekly somatic practice will assist us in self-regulation, deepening somatic awareness, and expanding our capacity for embodied presence. The traumas we endure and resolve within the body/mind are a crucial part of opening to deeper levels of compassion and awakening the spiritual heart.


Dr Julie Yau is an expert in the field of healing trauma. She specializes in the resolution of developmental, complex, and shock trauma. She holds a PhD in somatic depth psychology, and Masters in both spiritual psychology and depth psychology. Dr. Julie is  trained in a number of body/mind modalities including somatic experiencing and NARM. She is a trained dream pattern analyst and was a yoga and and meditation teacher. Using a unified approach, Julie’s work and teaching addresses the challenging physiological and psychological symptoms of trauma. Dr Julie has also been the director of education and program development at CCALS since 2002. She continues to give talks and write on the topic of trauma and spirituality. Dr. Julie has a private practice in laguna beach, CA., and works on Skype world wide.


Course Description:

Week 1 (April 1, 2017): The Language of Trauma
Defining types and categories of trauma.
Spiritualizing and intellectualizing – Avoiding distress in the body.
The outcome of the resolution of trauma.
Duration: 90 mins

Week 2 (April 8, 2017): Somatic and Spiritual Pathways to Healing Trauma
Demystifying the polyvagal theory.
Touching the primitive edge of experience.
Awakening the spiritual heart.
Duration: 90 mins

Week 3 (April 15, 2017): The Transformative Power of Destructive Emotions
Dismantling patterns and defenses.
Exploring shame, guilt & anger.
The enteric nervous system, pranayama and the vagus nerve. (The polyvagal theory continued).
Duration: 90 mins

Week 4  (April 22, 2017): Early Trauma, Imagination and Corrective Experiences
How early environmental failure affects who we think we are.
Reconciliation of inner conflict and the resolution of dilemmas.
Reviving the authentic self and sense of destiny.
Duration: 90 mins

Week 5  (April 29, 2017): Bringing it altogether. Integration, Assimilation & Organization
Developing agency and cultivating compassion.
Living your authentic, essential & embodied self.
Duration: 90 mins


“Thanks for setting this up. I got more answers to explain my trauma history in the last 3 sessions than I’ve had in 40 years.”

“I am 67 years old and have worked with 2 psychotherapists over the past 10 years to change survival patterns that began with a trauma that occurred when I was 5 years old. I began the spiritual practice of centering prayer 8 years ago. The missing piece has been the body. There are no somatic therapists near my home. What a beautiful gift your webinar has been for me.“

“What a touching ending to a great, informative and helpful course. Julie’s depth of knowledge on the subject of trauma is brilliant.”

“Julie and her work are extraordinary! She is pure integrity and she is a rarity today both in how she teaches, communicates with pristine clarity, awareness while staying completely conscious and connected in truth.”

“The course was very valuable for me. The presentation was wonderful – well organized and yet fluid and alive… but also much of the value for me came from the way that Julie so naturally shared her personal experience, being an example of vulnerability that is grounded at the same time. I feel that being with someone – even in an online class setting – who can model that way of being present with others, is so healing.”

“I have been watching all the webinars and feel like I am getting all the info I am needing even though I haven’t been at the live events. “

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