Fall 2023 training just added!
Touch can be a powerful healing tool in psychotherapy. When applied by a skilled practitioner, touch can enable a client to get out of their head, beyond their mind’s stories, and become more in touch with the wisdom of their body. Touch evokes body memories and provides a direct experience of those unconscious patterns that can be hard to identify -even for a person with sophisticated mindfulness skills.
The Tamura Method:
The Tamura Method was developed by Wynn Tamura over 40 years in practice providing counseling using direct touch and energetic bodywork. He brings an embodied approach to working with clients’ wounded parts that facilitates the fast release of past wounding and enables the person to become more present, open, and in touch with their unique gifts and strengths.
The Tamura Method is unique in that it emphasizes tracking the body’s muscular patterns as well as the energetic blocks that form the body-mind wounding. With the Tamura Method, the client has a direct, visceral experience of their past wounding while simultaneously being held in a loving relationship. The result is a powerful, effective transformation process. The Tamura Method emphasizes the practitioner’s awareness of their energy and presence, as well as their ability to be openhearted and attuned to their client. Using the Tamura Method helps practitioners develop valuable skills for diagnosing and connecting to their clients.
Upcoming Training: Fall 2023
Held over three weekends, this training will provide the foundations of the Tamura Method’s use of touch in therapy settings. We will cover the theory behind the Tamura Method, and how to apply it to read clients’ somatic and energetic patterns. Participants will develop skills in somatic and energetic touch, while also focusing on their being and experience. Each participant will build on their own unique, personal ability to be openhearted and intuitive in their work with clients.
Topics that will be covered:
How to track the presence of the wounded child vs. the adult self.
Ethics of touch and how to skillfully include touch in therapy.
The Tamura method’s five fundamental steps of working with energetic touch.
Developing the practitioner’s presence, intuition, and embodiment.
Learning to track and assess muscular and energetic patterns.
How to use energy to help the client connect and heal their wounded child.
How to teach clients to become more embodied.
Hear From Past Participants:
Fall 2023 Training Dates:
This Fall’s Tamura Method training will be held over three, three-day weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). Additionally, there will be two virtual, follow-up meetings to support students applying the Tamura Method in their practice.
Class Dates: September 8th-10th, 2023; October 13th-15th, 2023; November 10th-12th, 2023.
Class Times: Fridays 1:00pm – 5:30pm, Saturdays 9:30am – 5:00pm, and Sundays 9:30am – 4:00pm.
Virtual Follow-up meetings will be held online: Tuesday, September 19th, 2023, 7-9pm and Tuesday, October 24th, 2023, 7-9pm.
Location: Lafayette, CA
Cost: Registration is $2800. Early bird discounted cost is $2400, if paid in full by June 31st, 2023. $1000 discount for repeat students. Refunds, less 10% of total course cost, are available until August 29th. No refunds available after August 29th, 2023.
With a class limit of 30 students, we expect this course to fill up quickly. Please register as early as possible to ensure a spot in the 2023 training.
To Register or for More Information:
In your email please include your contact information, describe any relevant professional background, and include what interests you about this training. We will respond to you promptly with additional details, including payment information.
Masks will be required during some portions of the training. Also, all participants will need to take a covid rapid test just prior to the start of each Friday’s class. Additional precautions may be necessary, and will be announced prior to each meeting.
Wynn Tamura, Founder: Wynn developed the Tamura Method over the course of his 40 years in practice, providing a blend of energy-focused counseling and bodywork. Over the years, many of his clients were psychotherapists who wanted to go beyond “talk therapy” in order to create a deeper transformation. Wynn developed his unique style of energy bodywork blending Eastern and Western healing modalities. In addition to his private practice, Wynn spent several years as head of somatic energy work in an alternative healing clinic, which combined different forms of psychotherapy, Chinese, and Western medicine. Wynn draws from his study of Psycho-Physical Integration (Trager), martial arts, psychology, Zen Buddhism, and Taoism. He has also been a Trager practitioner since the early 1980s. Wynn retired in 2012 and continues to consult and teach his healing art: the Tamura Method
Gal Szekely, Principal Trainer: Gal is a teacher in Hakomi mindfulness based somatic therapy. He is the founder of The Couples Center, a bay area organization dedicated to helping people create thriving relationships. His work is dedicated to helping people create a fulfilling life and is grounded in somatic and spiritual principles. He leads workshops and trainings for therapists and the public and is an adjunct faculty at CIIS university. Gal holds an MA in counseling from CIIS University and an MA in social psychology from Tel Aviv University.
Gal is on sabbatical for 2023. He will return to teaching in 2024.
Jasmine Flanigan: Jasmine is a licensed psychotherapist with more than a decade of experience supporting adults to work through their trauma and unprocessed emotions so that they can be more present, and thrive in their relationship with themselves and others. She draws from a wide variety of methods to maximize the transformative process with her clients, these include attachment theory, AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), IFS (Internal Family Systems), Ideal Parent Protocol, Hakomi, and Tamura Method. Before she earned her Master’s degree in Integrative Counseling Psychology at CIIS, she had a private practice doing integrative bodywork for 18 years. She brings all this experience to her work with clients and students and sees these relationships as a powerful opportunity for their healing and growth.
Matthias Geiger: Matthias was born and raised in Germany at the edge of the Black Forest. He received an MFA in New York City and taught at NYU before accepting a professor position at the Department of Art at UC Davis. He started his private somatic counseling practice in 2011 in Berkeley, integrating Western psychology and earth-based spirituality. He studied Hakomi, R-CS, spiritual counseling, sound healing, therapeutic touch, conscious movement, Tai Chi, Yoga and breath work. Creative expression, movement, music and explorations in sound are a lifelong passion of his. Working with psychotherapeutic touch to engage with the inner child is an integral part of his practice. He started working with Wynn Tamura in 2017 and is still engaged in a continuous process of learning and growing with him.
Talia Abraham: Talia is a psychotherapist in private practice who works with individuals, couples and groups. Her approach is grounded in the gateways of the heart, and influenced by depth work, relational psychology, consciousness and energetic-somatic touch. In her practice she continuously weaves together different traditions and approaches of mind, body and spirit. She is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies with a Master’s degree in Integral Psychology.