Deleting the body, somatisation and sexuality

Oct 26 2019 09:30 - 16:00

The Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Road, TA1 1BA Taunton

The silence, secrecy and shame linked to Trauma and / or childhood sexual abuse reduces the capacity for reflective functioning and ability to speak the unspeakable. 

This reduces the processing of traumatic experiences and our client’s ability to integrate these. As a consequence, the trauma remains outside of conscious awareness, and gives rise to a range of concomitant trauma symptoms including hyperarousal, intrusive memories, flashbacks, dissociation, deleting the body and somatisation. These impact not on only on psychological well-being but also on our client’s physical well-being.

This training will look at:

- the range of somatic markers that are commonly seen in survivors of complex trauma and childhood sexual abuse and identify how the body remembers

- how trauma impacts on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system and the manifestation of a range of associated physical illnesses including type II diabetes, heart disease, unexplained illnesses, chronic pain, impaired autoimmune functioning, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME and fibromyalgia, as well as self- harm and somatised emotions

 how, through dissociation, survivors delete their bodies and the myriad ways this impacts on sexuality and sexual functioning

 how practitioners can enable survivors to restore control over their bodies and reclaim their sexuality.

About the speaker

Christiane Sanderson BSc., MSc. is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton. With 26 years’ of experience working with survivors of child sexual abuse, sexual violence, complex trauma and domestic abuse, she has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the NSPCC, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, SOLACE, the Refugee Council, Birmingham City Council Youth Offending Team, and HMP Bronzefield. In her capacity as a sexual violence and child sexual abuse consultant she has contributed to news coverage on BBC TV, BBC Radio and Sky News, as well as being featured in a number of documentaries involving sexual violence, most recently Fred and Rose (West): The Untold Story (Channel 5, 2014); ‘Hotel of Horrors’ (2014) and The Cul-de-Sac Cult (2015) on the Crime and Investigation Network (Sky Channel 553).


Christiane is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with ShameCounselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse; Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd edition; Counselling Survivors of Domestic AbuseThe Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuseand Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has also written The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Sexual Violence; The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faithsand Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A pocket guide for professionals, partners, families and friends and provided the analysis for Survivors’ Voices: Breaking the Silence on living with the impact of child sexual abuse in the family environment for the charity One in Four for whom she is a trustee.

Lunch is not provided. Please get in touch if you have any questions 0117 929 9556