MHCCF Meeting - Bottoms Up Interventions in Couples Therapy

  • Friday, September 16, 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • All Saints Church, 338 E Lyman Ave, Winter Park, FL


8:30-9 a.m. - Networking and Registration

9 a.m. - Announcements and Introductions

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Speaker


SPEAKER:  Leif Davis, PsyD, MS, LMHC 

TOPIC: Bottoms Up Interventions in Couples Therapy



1.  To understand what bottom up intervention are and why they are important in couple therapy.

2. To learn the basic bottom up interventions using voice, speech, physical proximity, touch facial expression, etc.

3. To be able to use at least one specific Bottom up intervention- specific possess and movements.

4. To gain a better understanding of the importance of subcortical processes in relationships and couple therapy.

5. Learn the most basic technique to rekindle love and passion that anyone can do.

Couple therapy for years has been a "talking therapy" much like individual therapy. Recent advances in neuroscience and body based therapies have highlighted the important part faster than thought processes play in conflict and problematic patterns of interaction. Bottom up interventions forgo left brain cortical processing- often verbal defense and directly addresses the reflexive functions of the subcortical systems. This presentation will give basic explanations and video examples of some of the various interventions, poses, and movements that are powerful for intervention and assessment and healing.

Leif Davis is a home grown central Floridian. He received his M.S. from Stetson University in their pilot Marriage and Family program in 1988, shortly thereafter receiving his LMHC. The dissolution of his first marriage propelled him back to school and to Chicago, where he sought solace (and a deeper understanding of relationships) in higher learning. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology. For the last 15 years has worked in the Orlando area in private practice and as a medical consultant for the Department of Disability Determinations. For the last 5 years he has been receiving advanced training in PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy), on which most of this talk is based.

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