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Professional Development and Consultation
Opportunities with Deb

The Foundations of UZAZU Embodied Intelligence 

3-Day in-person Training for Helping Professionals


April 28-30, 2023

at Oddfellows Hall Ballroom

(The Clocktower building at Woodfords Corner)

651 Forest Ave, Portland, Maine

Note: this workshop is approved for 18 CE's for social workers in Maine from NASW Maine Chapter. For further consideration of whether you can apply this workshop toward your professional license if you are a social worker not in Maine, or a licensed professional counselor in Maine or elsewhere, please click here.

If you are a coach, counselor, consultant, therapist, or other helping professional—and whether you have a lot of prior experience in body-based practices & interventions or not—you’ll come away from this highly engaging workshop (and the post-training online materials) with a clear set of embodied principles, practices, and protocols you can use right away with your clients. In this 3-day in person training, you will learn to:

  • Learn how to quickly and accurately "read" your clients underlying, embodied patterns. And gain a clear, holistic understanding of HOW your client tends to lose their capacity to remain well-regulated and empowered—both personally and interpersonally. And then—most importantly—have a roadmap for how to bring them back into balance. This simple, integrative model of embodied states reveals & interconnects people’s Attachment Style, Emotional Self-Regulation, Self-Efficacy, and Interaction patterns in a simple, relatable, embodied framework.

  • Work skillfully with a core set of nine simple body postures to help your clients balance & integrate the various dysregulated states they may be experiencing and apply these self-regulated & empowering states in their daily lives. Become equipped to give your clients highly targeted, embodied ‘homework’ exercises (using the 9 core postures of UZAZU) so they can easily practice at home, gradually re-pattern their specific imbalances, and keep integrating & growing beyond their 1-1 sessions with you.

  • Improve how you manage your own attention, nervous system regulation, and body language while interacting with your clients—so you can serve multiple clients per day without 'taking their stuff on' and becoming tired or drained.

  • Use UZAZU skillfully &  effectively with clients in an online setting (using Zoom, ect.)earn how to better manage your own energy, and connect more deeply & effectively with your clients in ONLINE SESSIONS. UZAZU Embodied Intelligence works very well in online video sessions—and we'll get you started with some key tips on how to do it most effectively.

NOTE: This training gives you all the essential knowledge and skills you need to start effectively using the foundational embodiment practices and change protocols of UZAZU Embodied Intelligence with clients. It is also the prerequisite training for UZAZU's full 9-month professional certification training which begins its next cohort in September, 2023.

****This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Maine Chapter) for 18 CE Credits to Social Workers with licensure in Maine. If you are not a Maine social worker (eg social worker licensed elsewhere, or an LCPC in Maine, click here for help with considering whether you might be able to apply these CE's.****

UZAZU is a comprehensive coaching and therapy modality used as a stand-alone or integrative approach to deep embodied transformational work. To learn about other UZAZU and our one-day, three-day/7-week, and 9 month training opportunities (taught/co-led with UZAZU founder Dylan Newcomb), go to

Embodying Polyvagal Theory:

Body-Oriented Learning and Exploration for Psychotherapists and Helping Professionals

Next date TBD. Please scroll below to sign up for announcements from me if you'd like to receive emails about this as well as other professional development opportunities.

6 SW CE's available

As therapists, we are well aware that our experience of safety, danger, and life threat becomes woven into our personal narrative, beyond our conscious control. Polyvagal Theory helps us to understand how the autonomic nervous system (ANS) influences and shapes this process. Developed by renowned researcher Stephen Porges, Polyvagal Theory explains from a neuro psychophysiological perspective on how and why we move through a continuous cycle of mobilization, disconnection, and engagement with the world. For many who study this theory, it provides conceptual clarity while leaving people unsure about how to utilize the theory or integrate it into their work.This Embodying Polyvagal Theory workshop offers body-based ways to experience and apply the theory with clients, through a day of interactive exploration.Adapted for online learning, this workshop combines didactic and body-based approaches to Polyvagal theory and regulation of the autonomic nervous system. You will:

  • Develop/review basic fluency in the language of polyvagal theory.

  • Deepen your understanding and use of polyvagal theory using the lens of embodiment.

  • Learn and explore how to apply our embodied knowledge of polyvagal theory to your work with clients, with greater attunement to movement of the body.

Please note:

  • This workshop is for helping professionals interested in gaining an embodied understanding of Polyvagal Theory.

  • Please be prepared to engage actively in this workshop, as this workshop is experiential. This will include movement exercises, sharing in the chat, and a breakout session(s). Keeping your video on is recommended.

for psychotherapists and other helping professionals

Integrate and deepen your body/somatic orientation in your therapy or coaching practice. 

I offer consultation to psychotherapists and other helping professionals, including individual and group consultation. Please contact me if you are interested in consultation with me, by calling 207.406.3947 or contacting me at Sessions may be conducted in person or via zoom or other secure video conferencing.

Body-Oriented Psychotherapy Monthly Study Group

Date TBD. Please scroll below to sign up for announcements from me if you'd like to receive emails about this as well as other professional development opportunities.

This group of up to sixteen participants will study somatic principles of embodiment and movement as they relate to helping our clients in a psychotherapeutic context.  Rather than to the couch, we will bring our studies “to the floor” (and to the body), to explore ways of bringing somatic and body-oriented approaches to our work as therapists.

Topics will include:

  • Establishing comfort and safety through our primary relationship to the ground and gravity

  • The establishment of midline, the front body, back body, and middle body and other natural divisions of the body that impact psychophysical experience

  • Embodiment of the organs and how this affects our experience of self

  • Hands-Feet-Mouth-Tail and the navel center and its relevance to somatic processing of emotions and physical pain

  • Embodiment of the skeletal system for support and grounding through the body

  • Proprioception/interoception/vestibular systems as part of our kinesthetic sensory system, and how these systems impact our sense of safety and orientation

  • Concepts such as mobile stability and stable mobility; high/low tone; the relationships between support and movement; the impact of developmental movement patterns on psychological development. 

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