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Treating Emotional Trauma: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Interventions that Work

Complete this recording for a highly practical, skill building workshop that will increase your understanding of emotional trauma, its lasting effects and how it is healed. You will learn to effectively utilize an approach that includes cognitive, mindfulness and compassion interventions. Take home the necessary tools and specific interventions to apply in your clinical work. This highly informational and experiential seminar incorporates a review of current research on emotional trauma and its treatment, clinical case examples and actual practice. You will return to your office with a whole new skill set to share with your clients.

Emotional maltreatment between family members as well as others is the most prevalent and damaging form of trauma. It occurs when the basic need for emotional support is withheld, personal safety is threatened, self-esteem is defiled, right of choice is denied and physical boundaries are violated. Experienced as being shamed, falsely blamed, ignored, betrayed, humiliated and violated, its effects are long lasting. Permeating body and mind, emotional trauma harms self-esteem and the abilities to emotionally bond, sooth distress, relax and learn. Thanks to the pioneering work of Bessel van der Kolk, Judith Hermann, Louis Cozolino and others, recognizing and treating emotional trauma (that occurs independent of and as an aspect of physical, sexual and other violent traumas that occur between people) is crucial for mental health care providers.


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Mary NurrieStearns
6 Hours 05 Minutes
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01 Nov, 2013
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Mary NurrieStearns's Profile

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MSW, LCSW, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, Psychotherapist

Private Practice

Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, C-IAYT, teaches seminars and retreats to teach clinicians how to take mindfulness skills, brain based protocols for treating shame and office-based yoga  back to their clients. These evidence based clinical interventions  move therapy forward by  improving emotional regulation, restoring healthy  nervous system functioning and cultivating healthier thought patterns. Both mindfulness and yoga practices have brought healing and calm to Mary’s clients and students.

Mary provides participants with the latest research results and pulls together the work of experts in the mental health field who are proponents of both practices (i.e. Bessel van der Kolk, Jon Kabat-Zinn). She draws on 37 years as a mental health professional counselor and 27 years of meditation and yoga practice. She is a certified yoga therapist, seasoned yoga teacher and ordained member of Thich Naht Hahn’s Order of Interbeing.

Mary is the author of Healing Anxiety, Depression and Unworthiness: 78 Brain-Changing Mindfulness & Yoga Practices (PESI, 2018), Yoga for Anxiety with Rick NurrieStearns (New Harbinger, 2010), Yoga for Emotional Trauma with Rick NurrieStearns (New Harbinger, 2013), Yoga Mind – Peaceful Mind with Rick NurrieStearns (New Harbinger, 2015)and Daily Meditations for Healing and Happiness: 52 Card Deck (PESI, 2016).  Mary is the co-editor of Soulful Living (Hci, 1999) and former editor of Personal Transformation magazine.  She has produced DVDs on yoga for emotional trauma and depression.  Mary teaches across the United States.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mary NurrieStearns maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as an author for New Harbinger’s Publishing. Ms. NurrieStearns receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial:  Mary NurrieStearns has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Explore four ways to utilize mindfulness as an intervention in treating emotional trauma.
  2. Explain how to treat the effects of emotional trauma on the nervous system.
  3. Integrate uses of specific self-compassion techniques to treat shame.
  4. Determine the importance of utilizing concentration, distancing, observation and distraction in treating cognitive distress.
  5. Resolve betrayal and distrust with practices of self-compassion.
  6. Incorporate mindfulness and compassion techniques to help regulate emotional distress.
  7. Explore the lasting effects emotional trauma has on your clients and the benefits of a body/mind approach to healing.


Part I: Assessing and Define Emotional Trauma
  • Causes of emotional trauma
  • Identify emotional trauma
  • Long lasting effects of emotional trauma on relationships, self-esteem and emotional regulation.
  • Neuroscience and physiology of emotional trauma
Part II: Evidence-Based Cognitive and Mindfulness Interventions for Emotional Trauma
The Neuroscience and Physiology of Treatment
  • The impact of mindfulness on the nervous system
  • The impact of mindfulness on self-blame
  • The impact of cognitive therapy on thoughts that perpetuate trauma
Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapy as Treatment Modality
  • “Naming” thoughts and emotions to detach
  • Create mental space from negative thoughts
  • Detach identity from shame producing thoughts
  • Relate to, not reacting to trauma perpetuating thoughts
  • Select life affirming thoughts to focus on
  • Use of truthful statements, affirmations and mantras
  • Treat the stain of shame
  • Grounding in the body for emotional regulation
  • Develop capacity to observe, not react
  • Being with, the “pause” that diffuses reactivity
  • Concentration on what heals
  • Distraction from what harms
  • Breath to sooth nervous system
  • Case studies
Teaching Self Compassion for Emotional Healing
  • The impact of compassion on the brain
  • The impact of compassion on painful emotions
  • Accept moment-to-moment emotional experience
  • Accept emotions as normal
  • Relate to emotional reactivity
  • Establish internal emotional safety
  • Address shame with Metta compassion practice
  • Treat self-blame with self-love practice
  • Learn emotional regulation
  • Befriend yourself after betrayals
  • Learn self-acceptance after emotional trauma
  • Move toward, not avoiding grief
  • Case studies

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Chaplains/Clergy and other Mental Health Professionals



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Total Reviews: 16


Rhonda H - Disputanta, Virginia

"Excellent seminar! Would like to see more seminars from this presenter."

Nancy M - MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota

"she is a terrific presenter and clinician. best ever!!"

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