Trauma Studies and Treatment Committee Presents

Trauma Studies and Treatment Committee Presents


Healers Healing: Rejuvenation in the Face of Trauma Clinician Somatic Resonance, Regulation and Trauma

Daphne Leahy, LCSW

DATE: Friday, November 11, 2016

TIME: 6:15 to 7:45 PM

LOCATION: National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis

40 West 13th Street, #1 (Between 5th and 6th Avenue), New York City

RSVP - Please contact Gwenn Nusbaum, LCSW, Chair, at

Daphne Matteo Leahy writes: Many of us spend countless hours understanding, processing and analyzing our own traumatic histories.

We do this first to heal ourselves, and then to make sure that we can be optimally available as clinicians for our clients as we are privileged facilitators of and witnesses to their healing journeys. We become adept at recognizing and processing our counter-transference and the impact of projective identification not only in the service of the therapeutic relationship, but for our lives and psyche outside of the office. Though we are all aware of the physical toll that our therapeutic work can have, particularly when working with extremely traumatized clients, we often override our awareness, imagining that a good night's sleep and a long vacation is all it will take to restore our physical equilibrium. Though this will certainly help, there is more we can do during sessions, between sessions, and directly after a long day to restore our nervous systems. This experiential presentation will explore, expand and enhance clinical self-awareness and ways to help us maintain emotional and physical well-being throughout our day.

Daphne Leahy-Matteo is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice as a psychotherapist on the Upper West Side for over fifteen years. Daphne is a supervisor, training analyst and on the faculty of The Training Institute for Mental Health. Along with being a licensed psychoanalyst, Daphne is a certified group psychotherapist, EMDRIA certified, and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Daphne assists at all levels of the Somatic Experiencing trainings and her individual sessions and case consults can be used toward gaining certification as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Other healing modalities utilized in Daphne's work and that she is certified in are Somatic Experiencing Touch and Cranio-Sacral Biodynamic therapy. Daphne is interested in the intersection of trauma theory, physiology, group process and client/therapist resonance as healing agents of trauma.