The Intersection of Spirituality and Somatic Trauma Work

with Joan Borysenko, PhD

Suzanne Fageol

Suzanne Fageol

Joan Borysenko

Joan Borysenko, PhD

Dr Craig Weiner

Craig Weiner

In this biannual presentation, we explore a wide variety of approaches and perspectives for working with healing with and from trauma. We are honored to offer you a special event with a world renowned clinician and educator, Dr. Joan Borysenko. In this fascinating inquiry about the intersection and integration of spirituality and trauma, here are just a few of the questions we explore:

Spirituality is not about ideas, sacred texts and theology; rather spirituality is all about emotion and social connection...

  • How can we find a useful definition of spirituality without jargon or required religious context
  • We explore the role of resourcing and inspiration as a gentle tool for working with trauma
  • What are embodied spiritual experiences and how might they be integrated into the work
  • What kind of spiritual practices might best serve those seeking to find meaning and progress in their trauma healing
  • Why spiritual practices have the ability to produce neuroregulated states of emotional and physical well-being
  • Why should we view spirituality as a resource in trauma work and not just a means of eliminating trauma states and emotions?
  • As practitioners how can we most effectively and safely introduce spiritual practice as a resource given the diversity of clients’ past relationships with spiritual/faith based explorations.
  • What are considerations for evaluating a spiritual practice as being helpful or unhelpful to a person’s trauma recovery.
  • What are the common denominators, neurological and otherwise that may account for what is often seen both in EFT and spiritual practice related outcomes?
  • Can we view spiritual connection both as a resource and as an outcome of somatic trauma work.

Our guest, Joan Borysenko has been described as "a rare jewel: respected scientist, gifted therapist and unabashed mystic.”* A powerful and articulate writer and speaker, Dr. Borysenko has a clear personal vision- to bring science, medicine and spirituality together in the service of healing and peace. She completed both her doctoral and post-doctoral studies at the Harvard Medical School in cancer cell biology and behavioral medicine, returning later in her career as an Instructor in Medicine.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder and former director of the mind-body clinical programs at the Beth Israel/New England Deaconess Medical Center on which her New York Times best-seller, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind was based.  President of Mind/Body Health Sciences, LLC since 1988, she is the author of seventeen books on integrative medicine, psychology, spirituality and women’s studies. You can find out more about her at

These free interviews are provided for the purpose of educating the EFT and Tapping community on issues regarding the safe and effective ways to work with trauma. They are conducted by Craig Weiner and Suzanne Fageol, Directors of Tapping out of Trauma Training.

In addition, the information presented in this webinar is not intended to be a substitute for obtaining risk management advice from an appropriate professional liability risk management consultant or legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.