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LEAH D’ABATE, MA DTR
SOMATIC PSYCHOTHERAPIST
100 Arapahoe Suite 5
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303.378.6875

Certifications/Trainings

Recent Presentations

Therapeutic Orientation

   


CERTIFICATIONS/TRAININGS

  • Master's Degree in Somatic Psychology 2000 – Concentration Movement Therapy/Body Psychotherapy – Naropa University, Boulder, CO
  • DTR - Dance Therapist Registered # 1223 - 2000
  • American Dance Therapy Association Member - 2000
  • Certified in Authentic Movement - 1997/1998, Center for Moving Truth, Ward, CO
  • Level I - EMDR Training (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) - treatment for overcoming anxiety, stress and trauma - 2000, EMDR Institute Inc.
  • EMDR - Traumatized Children - 2000, EMDR Institute Inc.
  • EMDR - Resistant Clients - 2000, EMDR Institute Inc.
  • Crisis Intervention Training - 2000, Project Heartland Trauma Response Team for Oklahoma City
  • Crisis Incident Stress Management Training - Debriefing training - 2000, EMS & Trauma Services Academic Affects of Trauma - 2000, Marguerite McCormack MA LPC
  • Vicarious Trauma - 2000, Laurie Perlman Ph.D.
  • Suicide Risk Assessment I and II - 2001, Dr. Jon Richards
  • The Biology of our Psychology - 1999, Dr. Christine Caldwell
  • Level I and II - Stages and Levels of Treatment, The Systemic Treatment of Incest - 1998/1999, Mary Jo Barrett& The Center for Contextual Change
  • Cornell University's Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Training - 1998
  • Sexuality and Relationship Intensive - 1997, David Snarch
  • Trauma and Development Symposium – 1997, Naropa University

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

  • American Dance Therapy Association National Conference 3 day workshop – “Integrating Treatment Modalities: Creating Movement Resources for Working with Children and Families” CCH Tennyson Center – “The Application of Dance/Movement Therapy to working with Abused and Neglected Children”
  • Arapahoe Community College – “The Moving Cycle -Body-Centered Methods for Working With Trauma”
  • Columbine High School Peer Counselors - 8 Week Curriculum – “Body- Centered Stress Management”
  • Columbine High School Movement Class – “Dance and Choreography from the Heart”
  • Creighton Middle School - 4 Week Curriculum – “Violence Prevention”
  • Unpublished Master's Thesis – “Moving Systems Therapy: Dance/Movement Therapy and The Stages and Levels of Treatment”
  • Colorado Behavioral Health Care Conference September 2003 – “Somatic Experiential Techniques with Groups”
  • Metro State College of Denver – “Somatic Modalities for working with Trauma- July - 2003 April, September and November - 2004 April and June – 2005
  • Witnessing the Self- Inside Out – Promotional Presentation on Somatic Psychology for Naropa University October 2005

THERAPEUTIC ORIENTATION

I practice Integrative Psychotherapy combining Somatic Psychotherapy and Experiential Psychotherapy to assist clients to develop skills, which will permit them to function more adequately in their environment with increased satisfaction in themselves and those around them.

Somatic Psychotherapy, consisting of body psychotherapy and movement therapy uses movement and body based awareness to facilitate emotional, physical, cognitive, energetic and spiritual change. Through body action - the most basic form of communication – a dialogue emerges that speaks to an individual's relationship with him/herself, others and the environment. Movement therapy assumes that physical movement patterns are an integral part of the personality. By working with movement patterns, and focusing on the interrelationship between psychological and physiological processes, clients are helped to reveal, release and transform internalized conflicts, feelings and desires. Somatic psychotherapy uses movement and body-based awareness to further the emotional, cognitive and physical integration of the individual. Body psychotherapy, similar to movement therapy, attempts to integrate emotional and physical processes with the psychology of the individual through negotiation, integration and energetic development on relational, organismic, systemic and cellular levels. The activity of therapy involves removing learned obstructions to full-bodied awareness, owning, appreciation and action.

Experiential Psychotherapy works with a client's immediate experience. One of the tenants of this form of therapy is that one makes and changes oneself in present living. Experiential psychotherapy and “focusing” aligns with the concrete level of experience where troubles are said to actually exist. Through a variety of action oriented treatment modalities such as art, movement, drama, poetry, team building, journaling, music etc. a “felt sense” is established within the client that creates a more holistic sense of a problem or unresolved situation with room for action and intention to meet.