Online Workshop Pre- and Perinatal Trauma

Resolving symptoms from pre and perinatal trauma and global high intensity activation with greater efficiency through emotional embodiment and inter-personal resonance.

Persistent imprints from pre and perinatal traumas are often in the form of implicit somatic memories with a tendency towards global high intensity activation in the central nervous system. This can lead to long-term symptoms such as anxiety, migraines, heart dysregulation, allergies, attachment and relational difficulties, and emotional difficulties such as persistent low self-esteem. Symptoms of pre and perinatal trauma and global high intensity activation can also be seen in clients whose caregivers had activation from causes such as war; or in clients who did not have adequate interactive regulation from their caregivers early in their lives. If unresolved, they often form the template of how we are affected by later traumas and compromise our ability to cope with them.

The workshop will demonstrate effective methods for shifting symptoms from pre and perinatal traumas and global high intensity activation with greater efficiency, utilizing a) the specialized knowledge of the physiology and energy anatomy of pre and perinatal trauma and global high intensity activation, b) the principles of physical and energetic regulation, and c) the tools of emotional embodiment and interpersonal resonance from Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™).

Target group

Body oriented professionals with ISP, Somatic Experiencing or comparable body oriented education.

Study time

4 afternoons in two months (8 afternoons in total)

Working hours

14.00-15.30 and 16.00-17.30


Not known yet in 2021


€750,- trainingcosts, including recordings.


Raja Selvam, PhD


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  1. Learn about different types of pre and perinatal traumas and how they can compromise different layers of the body including the brain.
  2. Learn about how early imprints of pre and perinatal trauma are often behind reactions to traumatic events later in life.
  3. Learn about existential fragmentation, terror, rage, and shame, four of the six major themes associated with pre and perinatal trauma.
  4. Learn about global high intensity activation of the central nervous system often associated with pre and perinatal trauma.
  5. Learn how pre and perinatal trauma can contribute to attachment and relationship difficulties.
  6. Learn how emotional embodiment and inter-personal resonance can help in working effectively with these different themes from pre and perinatal trauma.

The format of the workshop will be lectures, live demonstrations with workshop participants (at least two per day), questions and answers, and short, guided group exercises to make the workshop experiential for the participants as well as to manage activation among them. There will be no practice sessions among participants to impart as much knowledge as possible during the short three-day workshop and to accommodate participants with varying levels of expertise.

All professionals engaged in treating shock and developmental traumas stand to gain much from the workshop. ISP graduates and trainees will learn advanced knowledge and expertise for applying ISP to the specific area of pre and perinatal trauma.

Who can benefit from this workshop

All professionals engaged in treating symptoms from pre and perinatal trauma and global high intensity activation stand to gain much from this workshop.

Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) graduates and trainees will learn advanced knowledge and skills for applying their ISP expertise to the specific areas of pre and perinatal trauma and global high intensity activation.

About Raja Selvam, PhD

Raja Selvam, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist (California, PSY30233), is a senior trainer in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) professional trauma training program and the developer of Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP). ISP, based on emerging paradigms of embodied cognition and emotion in cognitive neuroscience and psychology, is a new paradigm in body psychotherapy that offers all therapeutic modalities a complementary approach for improving outcomes and shortening treatment times through greater understanding and embodiment of a larger range of emotions.

Dr. Selvam teaches in as many as twenty countries in North and South Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Far East. Dr. Selvam’s eclectic approach draws from bodywork/energywork systems of Postural Integration, Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy, body psychotherapy systems of Reichian Therapy, Bioenergetics, Bodynamic Analysis, Jungian and Archetypal psychologies, psychoanalytic schools of Object Relations and Inter-Subjectivity, Somatic Experiencing (SE), Affective Neuroscience, Quantum Physics, Yoga, and Advaita Vedanta.

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Integral Somatic Psychology is neither a regulatory nor licensing organization and therefore not sanctioned to certify, license, or otherwise bestow the legal authorization to practice as a mental health professional.