JoAnna Chartrand-Benz

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JoAnna is a European trained Psycho-Spiritual, Somatic Psychology Educator and has been in private practice since 1980. Her specialty is in Somatically-Based, Transpersonal and Relational Psychology along with trauma work. Principles from the Family Constellation work of Bert Hellinger also strongly influence her work. Her experience and training is varied and comprehensive. Relational aspects, along with the psychodynamics of the ego development are also an important part of her work, whenever appropriate.

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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