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Friday Lunchtime Program: Body, Brain and Love: Affect Regulation and Somatic Attachment, Karen Rachels, LMFT

  • Fri, February 12, 2016
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925



Friday, February 12, 2016


Karen Rachels, LMFT

Have you noticed clients being emotionally overwhelmed in session yet not known how to calm them? Have you been aware of clients not being quite present and not known how to bring them back? Have you found yourself being overwhelmed, withdrawn or shut down with a client? This presentation seeks to provide a basic understanding of nervous system regulation and connect it with the fundamentals of attachment, as it plays out in the therapeutic dyad.  The speaker will emphasize the connection between regulation and attachment and address how our own attachment tendencies show up in our work and how to manage them.

Karen Rachels, LMFT, workshop leader and author of Body, Brain, Love: A Therapist’s Workbook for Affect Regulation and Somatic Attachment will highlight all of the above through the following:  A brief didactic portion, experiential exercises and demos to reinforce learning regarding our own attachment tendencies as therapists, and a demonstration of Somatic Attachment Therapy. The somatic attachment approach uses present-moment experience to work with attachment core beliefs in a visceral, somatic manner, facilitating clients' achievement of a secure attachment and aiding the therapist to work from a secure place with clients.

Karen Rachels believes that right-brain learning facilitates long-term integration of left-brain didactic material and has therefore planned this lecture to extensively include demonstrations and practice activities. She has been a therapist for more than two decades in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of the recently published Body, Brain, Love: A Therapist’s Workbook for Affect Regulation and Somatic Attachment (available through, click on “For Therapists”). She facilitates Somatic Attachment Therapy consultation and practice groups, and she teaches related workshops and classes. In addition, she is a Certified Hakomi Therapist, a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy practitioner and EMDR practitioner, and has completed the externship for Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy. To learn more about her and her work, visit her website (above) and watch YouTube videos she created and uploaded under Karen Rachels, MFT.

Date: Friday, February 12, 2016
Time: Networking is from 11:30 to 12:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 12:00 pm and ends at 1:30 p.m.

Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 for non-members.

Location: Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (map)

Information: For more information about the Friday Lunchtime Program Series and about joining the Committee, please contact the Chair, Gabriel Rabu, MFTI.

Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train licensees to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the Director at Large for Programs no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the Director at Large for Programs, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course. 

Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director at Large for Programs.

Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 1.5 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents  Contact Laurie Buntain, Director-at-Large for Programs for more information.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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