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Working with individuals with complex trauma histories can present unique challenges for the psychotherapist. The work can elicit a desire to rescue, intense negative countertransference, and challenge our ability to maintain a solid psychotherapeutic stance. In this workshop, Tyler Beach helps equip us with skills and knowledge to navigate and engage therapeutically with common dynamics that arise in our work with people with complex trauma histories. Tyler will provide a map to understand the problematic relational dynamics that emerge, and how by recognizing these explicitly, we can provide concepts and strategies to support our clients move away from self-blame and helplessness. Tyler will help us learn to decrease our tendency to inadvertently reinforce ineffective reactions in our clients and in ourselves. He will describe ways that by engaging with healthy boundaries, we can enable powerful healing.


Tyler Beach, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice. Over his career, he has received specialized training and ongoing supervision in Experiential and Relational psychotherapy models, particularly Experiential Dynamic Therapies and Third Wave Behavioral Therapies. He has a particular interest in psychotherapy integration and provides training and supervision to help therapists make their interventions more experiential and attuned to relational dynamics. Throughout his practice, he has treated many people with complex trauma histories. In that time, and through both successes and missteps, he has refined his practice to work more compassionately and efficiently with individuals with complex problems.


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Printable handouts: Handout with 6-slides | Handout with note space 


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