workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Presence Psychotherapy

Integrating Spirituality with Trauma Work


Jul 17–22, 2022


Member: $405.00

Standard: $450.00

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This 5-day training for mental health professionals and pastoral clergy introduces the theory and practice of Presence Psychotherapy for trauma.

Presence Psychotherapy is a mindfulness-based trauma treatment model developed by psychotherapist and meditator Michelle Lepak that integrates spirituality, somatic inquiry, and relational attunement to facilitate healing. This model, published in the APA’s Journal of Integrative Psychotherapy, introduces the concept of four dimensions of presence to process trauma and experience well-being: Grounded Presence, Spacious Presence, Relational Presence, and Transcendent Presence. 

During this intensive 5-day training with Michelle, mental health professionals and pastoral clergy gain the tools and knowledge to:  

  • Identify the four dimensions of presence
  • Demonstrate Presence Psychotherapy mindfulness practices to help clients experience the four dimensions
  • Identify the four underpinnings of effective trauma processing and the three key—and often overlooked—phenomena necessary for thorough trauma processing 
  • Demonstrate how to facilitate attachment healing utilizing the four dimensions of presence
  • Name the six commonly held trauma-induced negative beliefs about self and the world
  • Identify two Presence Psychotherapy techniques for healing trauma-induced negative misconceptions
  • Demonstrate how to facilitate embodied trauma processing with people who do not want to bring attention to their bodies
  • Explain how presence can be utilized for regulated trauma processing while avoiding spiritual bypass

Presence Psychotherapy offers a thorough trauma treatment protocol based on the acronym ORBITS, which stands for:

  • Orient to presence
  • Reside in presence
  • Body sense awareness
  • Inquire, invite, illuminate
  • Turn the view
  • Sit in presence 

This training will describe how ORBITS can also easily integrate other therapeutic models. You discover and practice how to include clients' awareness of any of the four dimensions of presence to facilitate both affect regulation and trauma processing. 

This training is limited to beginning, intermediate, and advanced mental health professionals who are licensed to provide treatment and to pastoral care clergy.  

Continuing Education

The faculty is independently offering Continuing Education Credits. For more information, please email

28 Continuing Education Credits are offered and approved through the National Association of Social Workers, New Jersey Chapter (NASW-NJ). Many states accept CE credits offered through NASW-NJ and will apply them to marriage and family therapy examiners (family therapists, professional counselors, rehabilitation counselors, and alcohol and drug counselors) for license and certification renewal as well social work. Please check with your state's licensing body to confirm reciprocity.

Workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Jul 17–22, 2022

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