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DescriptionHow can love and intimacy flourish more fully in our lives and relationships? Love and a sense of belonging are the cornerstones to fulfilling relationships throughout life. When the flow of love and acceptance is interrupted in life, the soul suffers. With Relational Constellations we uncover the disruptions and entanglements so that we, as well as our family members, can find strength, dignity, love, and a sense of belonging. Love and appreciation are the guiding principles used for finding good resolutions. Profound healing of heart, body, and soul often results. When we bring love and respect to our family, then love can become a healing agent in all aspects of our lives. Explore personal issues related to intimacy, split-off parts of self, mood swings, and physical ailments and illnesses. Enter into healing conversations with our individual soul and our family soul. In the constellation field, we draw on powerful and reliable sources of healing with the support from the collective creativity of the entire group. Practice cultivating presence, expanding embodiment, mindfulness, and resiliency. Honor the past, practice being present, and build the future. Helping professionals who would like to cultivate relational constellations skills are also welcomed.
Love and a sense of belonging are the cornerstones to fulfilling relationships throughout life.
Dr. Dyrian Benz
He has been a Co-trainer for the Relational Constellations Learning Program, since 1999.
He is the former Chairman of the Somatic Psychology Program at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and adjunct faculty member at Antioch University and Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dyrian is the originator and moderator of the S.B. City College Psychology Conferences. He is the founder of Group Field, a systems based method for groups and teams. He is co-author of To the Core of Your Experience and a co-founder of the Hakomi Institute for experiential-cognitive-mindful therapy, where he taught for over 20 years.
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Foremost in her own professional training are two distinctive professional certification training programs, each five years long, that she completed in Europe.
1. The Core-Dynamic Psychotherapy Training: Focus on Somatic Psychology, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, Soul Tending and Transpersonal Psychology.
2. The Bio Dynamic Somatic Psychology Training: Focus on Energy work, Reichian Psychology, Reading the body, following the body, working with self-regulation, and sometimes with therapeutic touch.
She has been a student of the Diamond Approach, a psycho-spiritual approach, that combines western depth psychology with eastern traditions, since 1992 and integrates the concepts and insights of that method in her work.
She practices and co-leads trainings in the Relational Constellations Phenomenological approach, working with trans-generational systemic issues. She works with both individuals and groups with this method. She is co-director & co-trainer of the Relational Constellation Institute of California. (RCIC). JoAnna originally trained with second generation German Constellation Facilitators, along with Bert Hellinger. The Relational Constellation Institute has been giving trainings in Constellation work for over 10 years in Santa Barbara, CA. The RCIC Learning Program, trains participants in the main concepts of Constellation work, and flavors it with a relational accent. We focus a lot on the relational field & address themes like: Intimacy, interrupted reaching out movement, attachment issues, heart/genital split, male/female dichotomies, basic trust, false autonomy, true autonomy, etc. She also brings in the focus on the body - how trauma lodges in the body & needs to be addressed & included in constellation work. Shamanic & native American practices that support connecting with ancestors are included in this training.
She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and has a specialty in Trauma work. She has also been trained in EMDR. She has also done some attachment therapy training in AEDP – Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy with Diana Fosha PsyD. Her specialty in trauma also has a focus on developmental &attachment disruptions. She is an attachment-based practioner.
Her training is in Relational Body-Oriented Psychology, Psychodynamics, Depth Psychology, Object Relations, Self Psychology, Attachment Theory, Gestalt, Imagery, Neo-Reichian Body-Centered Techniques, Bio Dynamic Somatic Psychology, Voice Dialogue, Bonding Therapy, Breathwork, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experience Trauma Work from Peter Levine, Sandtray Therapy, the Formative Somatic approach of Stanley Keleman, BioSynthesis from David Boadella, Tantra, Transpersonal Psychology, Minfulness, Hakomi, Neuroscience, Hospice care, Death & Bereavement, Dreamwork, Pre & Peri Natal Issues and Relational Constellations.
She is an associate of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, a co-facilitator and the coordinator of the Esalen Embodied Psychotherapy Certificate Program - a Certificate Program in Relational Somatic Psychology given at the Esalen Institute.
She & Dyrian are the continuity staff at these 5 day segments 6 times a year at Esalen, in Big Sur.
JoAnna Chartrand-Benz has been a European trained Somatic Psychology Educator since 1980 & has been in private practice for over 30 years. She is co-director & co-trainer of the Relational Constellation Institute of California. (RCIOC). JoAnna originally trained with second generation German Constellation Facilitators, along with Bert Hellinger. The Relational Constellation Institute has been giving trainings in Constellation work for over 10 years in Santa Barbara, CA. The RCIOC Learning Program, trains participants in the main concepts of Constellation work, and flavors it with a relational accent. We focus a lot on the relational field & address themes like: Intimacy, interrupted reaching out movement, attachment issues, heart/genital split, male/female dichotomies, basic trust, false autonomy, true autonomy, etc. She also brings in the focus on the body - how trauma lodges in the body & needs to be addressed & included in constellation work. Shamanic & native American practices that support connecting with ancestors are included in this training.
JoAnna has been a student of the Diamond Heart Approach, the psycho-spiritual School of A. H. Almaas, that combines western depth psychology with eastern traditions, since 1992. She includes a lot of psycho-spiritual practices in the Relational Constellation Learning Program, eg. cultivating presence, deepening connection to the knowing field & to the essential self etc..
She is an associate of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, a co-facilitator and the coordinator of the Esalen Embodied Psychotherapy Certificate Program - a Certificate Program in Relational Somatic Psychology given at the Esalen Institute. Her specialty is in Somatically-Based, Transpersonal and Relational Psychology along with Trauma. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.
JoAnna is the co-director of the Core Dynamics Relational Somatic Psychology Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. She has been in private practice for 30 years. Her training has been with a focus on Relational Body-Oriented Psychology , Psychodynamics, Attachment Theory, Gestalt, Internal Family Systems, BioSynthesis, Hakomi, Transpersonal Psychology, Pre & Peri Natal Issues, EMDR.
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