ISITTA Trauma Training
Innate Somatic Intelligence Trauma Therapy Approach
Developed by Manuela Mischke-Reeds, LMFT
ISITTA training works from the inside out. Beginning with the innate wisdom of the trauma practitioner’s own nervous system, this unique training integrates trauma-informed somatic therapy techniques, psychobiological models of trauma in the body, ancient wisdom from Buddhist psychology and a strong focus on the inner development of the trauma practitioner to create a sustainable foundation for trauma healing work.
ISITTA’s mission is to enable the contemporary trauma practitioner to alleviate suffering in complex therapy environments with inspiration, adaptability and intention.
If you’re looking for in-depth transformation and new ways of working with trauma, ISITTA training will provide the inner and outer tool sets you need.
Transforming your clients’ traumatic experiences isn’t just about savvy skills and known interventions. It requires a refined inner skill set for seeing deeply into your client’s suffering and trusting their innate somatic intelligence. These skills require a different kind of training.
Developed by Manuela Mischke-Reeds, a clinical therapist and international somatic psychology teacher with over 25 years’ experience with clients and students from diverse backgrounds, the Innate Somatic Intelligence Trauma Therapy Approach (ISITTA) is based on the belief that the inside-out transformation of the therapist is essential in supporting the client’s journey towards a whole and self-sustaining life. We must make the journey first so we can guide our clients safely and precisely into the vast reservoir that they hold in their bodies and hearts.
ISITTA acknowledges a number of influences, including Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology, Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, Continuum Movement, Expressive arts, Buddhism and Taoism, embodied mindfulness and compassion practices and social justice and systems awareness.
ISITTA training is designed for therapists, healers, social workers, coaches and medical professionals who are willing to be changed in order to become more effective healers. This unique training requires a commitment to learning outside of your comfort zone and beyond your intellectual knowledge, and a willingness to delve into the mysteries of the body’s healing powers.
Guiding clients through trauma processes also requires a fluid and resilient nervous system. The adaptive practitioner commits to healing their own nervous system, and uses their nervous system’s resilience to support clients towards health and new ways of being. In this training, you’ll focus on learning “from the soma up” to deepen both your cognitive and somatic understanding. In other words, you won’t just learn techniques and practices for healing trauma–you’ll learn to embody them.
Being a somatically intelligent practitioner also means understanding the current sociopolitical and societal challenges that we’re collectively facing. We need to understand not just our client’s personal trauma, but how it intersects with intergenerational and collective trauma in a society that’s rapidly changing and evolving. We will explore who we need to become to facilitate health and wellbeing in this climate of dramatic change; this requires a new mindset that can help heal deep fractures in communities, societies and in the relational realms.