Australian Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy



“My personal experience with psychotherapy for traumatized clients spans over a period more than 30 years. However, as my career progressed I grew more critical of my own intervention strategies. I became aware of the fact that in executing clinical interventions, I was only addressing the traditional conceptualization of the mind in a “skull-based” cognitive manner, rather than viewing the mind as imbedded within the self and embedded within the world around me. This made me realize that treatment should not only be viewed as an intrapsychic cognitive intervention strategy but rather as a strategy embedded within the therapeutic relationship with the main purpose to create and communicate a sense of safety to my clients. I realized that for decades the therapeutic and hypnotic fraternity have turned a blind eye to the body and the role of the nervous system in their quest for therapeutic excellence. This was a huge mistake.  I changed that and increasingly started to incorporate bodywork and somatic approaches in my clinical work.”
-Woltemade Hartman PhD



Advancing flow, embodiment and self-regulation in your traumatized clients  

Combining Polyvagal Theory and the Somatic Experiencing Approach


Live Demonstrations


Online Training Event



16-18 February 2023


Training Times: 15h00 to 20h30 (Sydney Time Zone)


Platform: Zoom

Body Psychotherapy will teach safe body interventions for traumatized individuals, by combining the Polyvagal approach of Dr Stephen Porges, the techniques of the Somatic Experiencing Approach developed by Dr Peter Levine, and modern somatic and clinical approaches and strategies. Learn how using Polyvagal Theory in therapy will increase the effectiveness of your clinical work with clients suffering from trauma experiences. Combining the principles of the Polyvagal Theory and bodywork allows a re-set of the incoherent autonomic nervous system response in traumatized clients in order to assist them to self-regulate adequately again. This combined approach re-establishes a sense of wholeness and advance flow, internal coherence, a sense of safety and self-regulation. Principles will be taught and demonstrated, allowing participants to practise these techniques to develop confidence. The workshop will consist of clinical demonstrations and practical exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions during the workshop.

Educational Objectives:

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the neuro-physiological basis of trauma, dissociation, self-regulation, and its interconnectedness.
  2. Understand the Polyvagal Theory of Stephan Porges and its relevance in the treatment of trauma
  3. Understand the dynamics of a somatic approach to stabilize traumatized clients and how to elicit body-orientated resources.
  4. Understand how the combination of somatic techniques could facilitate flow, embodiment, coherence and self-regulation allowing clients to experience wholeness again.
  5. Understand the use and application of the pendulation technique to self-regulate and to re-create internal balance within the nervous system of traumatized individuals.
  6. To apply specific somatic techniques and how to integrate it into your work with traumatized clients

Early Bird until 5 February 2023:  $ 750

($ 375 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Full Registration: $ 950

($ 475 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)


Dr Woltemade Hartman

Woltemade Hartman (Ph.D) is a Clinical and Educational Psychologist, and psychotherapist in private practice in Pretoria, South Africa.  He received his training as an Ericksonian psychotherapist at the Ericksonian Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.  Dr Hartman also trained as an Ego State therapist with Prof J.G. Watkins and Mrs H. Watkins in Missoula, Montana, USA.  He is the author of “Ego state therapy with sexually traumatized children” and “Einführung in die Ego-State Therapie”, as well as various scientific articles on the topic of hypnosis and psychotherapy. Dr Hartman is the Founding Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institutes of South Africa (MEISA). He currently serves as Secretary and Treasurer of Ego State Therapy International (ESTI). Woltemade is an executive board member of the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) and also serves as Chairperson of the Council of Representatives on this board. Dr Hartman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg and lectures in South Africa, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Singapore, South Korea and Japan. He has been a Keynote Speaker at various international congresses. Dr Hartman is the recipient of the 2009 Early Career Award for Innovative Contributions to Hypnosis from the International Society of Hypnosis. He is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Eye Movement Integration (EMI), EdxTM (Energy Psychology), Impact Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Soma and Somatic Experiencing (SE).