Autism, Anxiety & the A.R.T. of Body Cognition – Holly Bridges

Course Proposition

So much of traditional autism therapy is devoted to removing variances and aligning with the typical. What if this is a false benchmark against which we judge those on the autism spectrum?

Reframing autism is about celebrating diversity. It is tapping into the innate intelligence, brilliance and creativity of enhanced perception – a field that people on the spectrum often inhabit – and then helping people to make the most of their gifts.

The artfulness of this technique is in creatively working with the person to balance the need for safety vs the need for growth; helping each person to both discover and witness their potential. When we show that we are re-educating the body, those on the spectrum are quickly able to connect with this truth and become motivated to grow.

People learn to reconnect through a process of self-discovery. They begin to feel empowered and all manner of things become possible spontaneously. The A.R.T approach helps them to discover how to apply and sustain this.

Course Outline

The 2-day course will equip attendees with a basic grounding in The Autism Reframe Technique.

It will explore the new therapeutic outcomes that may be realised when physical therapy is combined with cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology.

The course comprises foundation theory, evidence & research and examples of practical exercises structured around Case Histories in Australia, Europe and The USA.

An optional third day will focus upon the practical implementation of A.R.T.

Day 1 + 2

Will explore the new therapeutic outcomes that may be realised when physical therapy is combined with cutting-edge neuroscience, psychology and neurodivergent thinking.

Day 3 ( Optional ) : A.R.T. – Beyond the fundamentals

***Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Days 1 & 2***

Is designed for people who want to apply A.R.T. therapeutically. It is a chance to learn the exercises outlined in Days 1 & 2 in greater detail and depth.

It facilitates an intimate understanding of A.R.T. and provides a hands-on opportunity to see how A.R.T. is applied in a wide variety of circumstance, by learning directly from Holly. It is an opportunity to frame questions and tailor your learning.

Name of course:  A.R.T. – beyond the fundamentals: How to achieve and sustain Body Cognition

Duration:  8 Hours 

Course Delivery:  Training Workshop

This workshop is designed for people who want to apply A.R.T. therapeutically. It is a chance to learn the exercises outlined in Days 1 & 2 in greater detail and depth.

Day 3 facilitates an intimate understanding of A.R.T. and provides a hands-on opportunity to see how A.R.T. is applied in a wide variety of circumstance, by learning directly from Holly. 

  • Learn how the nervous system impacts autism, how to reduce sensory overload and how to gain greater mental clarity, through working with the vagus nerve.
  • Learn how to improve vagal tone, with intelligence and safety.

There is nothing quite like this anywhere in the world. It is an opportunity to connect with this new paradigm of therapy and to learn tools for yourselves, your clients and your loved ones. 

A lot of good can happen when we let down our preconceived ideas about what normal is and ‘should be’. When we do this we are truly present to the people we work with. 

The focus is on how we support growth and change through appreciating and working with neurodiversity. 

Useful for professionals, therapists, support workers, parents and people on the spectrum. 

Ideal for Professionals looking to progress to become an A.R.T. therapist.



Learning Outcomes

  • Reframing the paradigm of autism
  • The role of the history of autism and autism research in shaping  current therapeutic practice
  • The Polyvagal Theory: how the body impacts autism
  • A working model of the Polyvagal Theory – how to make the PVT accessible to clients + families
  • The physical aspects of anxiety and stress and how they impact our physical and mental health
  • A practical understanding of the complex interrelationship between the gut, brain, vestibular and limbic system and how this determines our sense of self.
  • Principles of brain plasticity and how to apply in a therapeutic setting
  • Principles of co-design and how to apply in a therapeutic setting
  • How expectation in general autism therapy leads to a ‘glass ceiling’ and failure for the client
  • Conceptualising a new paradigm of therapy for ASD: what it can look like
  • The principles of body cognition and interception and how they apply to ASD
  • How to work with ASD and interoception somatically – the 80/20 rule
  • Somatic tools to apply clinically
  • Knowledge of the therapeutic possibilities with a wider appreciation of autism
  • Autism Reframe Technique

Core Elements

  • Reframing: Exploring autism from a different perspective; shifting from a myopic ‘deficit’ model – what people with autism can’t do – to one that explores and believes in the creative and intellectual potential of each individual
  • The Polyvagal Theory: The vagus nerve responds to our internal and external needs and takes us into a flight/fight state but can also take us into an involuntary shut-down immobilized state. Autism/Asperger is a physical response the body has that is a little out of our control that has nothing to do with intelligence.
  • Neuroception: PVT is based on the principle of neuroception, that ‘The body has a complex network of information gathering that alerts us to safety and danger.’
  • Brain Plasticity: The brain’s ability to respond and rewire – at any age. Tapping into the innate intelligence of the mind/body. Realizing self-capacity and self-belief. 
  • Neurodiversity – appreciating the enhanced perception and highly individual nature of people on the autism spectrum. Instead of seeing deficit, we see nuance and advanced ways of seeing andperceivingg. By adopting a more complex and intricate paradigm of autism we reframe it from something we need to ‘fix’ to something we can explore.
  • Unlearning: Ending top-down models of therapy and seeing that the client is at the front and centre of the process.
  • Codesign: Codesign is a fluid process and not a destination. It is opening our vision; collaboration vs coercion; possibility vs deficit

Holly Bridges

Holly is a therapist, keynote speaker and is the author of the internationally acclaimed book, ‘Reframe Your Thinking Around Autism’. Since writing the book Holly has developed her Autism Reframe Therapy program (A.R.T) which incorporates the principles of co-design and brain plasticity, and she works with families and practitioners, teaching techniques to restore connection between the brain and nervous system.

Holly has had a lifelong passion for working with the body/mind and she thrives on making complex psychology simple and available to people. This impulse to simplify and convey has taken her on a vast journey where she is now a leading light in autism therapy.

Through her critically acclaimed book, Holly has helped thousands of parents, autists, educators and therapists perceive a more positive and helpful way of perceiving autism, and she has affected hundreds of families from the severely challenged and non-verbal, to adults with Asperger’s, right through to the very young with her simple and effective A.R.T. techniques.



Resynch Your Psychology – Steven Hoskinson

Resynch Your Psychology – Steven Hoskinson [ Dublin ]


Steven Hoskinson has trained trauma therapists for nearly 20 years. Trained in clinical psychology, he founded Organic Intelligence® to complement traditional therapies for people whose bodies, minds and emotions are in distress.

How we try to help depends on how we frame ‘what’s wrong’.  In fact, the focus on ‘what’s wrong’, is the essence of the problem. More Importantly, what’s the solution? Simply Resynch our psychology. In these two days, we will shift our understanding of trauma to see trauma as a physiology out of synch.

The value here is that our biology is fully capable and wants to reorganize (re-synchronize) and under the right conditions, it can. But it is waiting for us to listen to the emotions, the images, the thoughts, the stories and the sensations that are intended by Nature to restore balance, to heal…

Together we will learn the distinct phases of a system from chaos to self-organization, and learn the tools of reorganization— both innate and therapist supplied. Let’s explore together what’s meant by the biology’s “initial conditions” for self-organization:

  • Connecting to the environment using the senses
  • Orientation to Pleasure (Remember pleasure is the currency of Connection)
  • Stabilizing Blue

Copyright: Steven Hoskinson

Learning Outcomes

1) Participants will be able to describe implicit motor patterns as they offer just enough intensity to increase threshold tolerance.

2) Participants will be able to use orientation exercises with clients to enhance stabilization.

3) Participants will be able to describe salient differences between positive and negative reinforcement and describe why it might matter in therapy.

4) Participants will be able to find and describe fractals and self-similarity.

5) Participants will be able to better recognize and reinforce spontaneous self-organizing client behaviours, emotions, thoughts, sensations, and images.

6) Participants will be able to describe some theoretical relationships between trauma and biological mis-synchrony, and the disruption of circadian rhythmicity.

7) Participants will be able to use the modulation of focused attention and reinforce integrative states, taking advantage of the brain’s operation in its Default Mode.

8) Participants will gain an appreciation for complexity science and the necessity of its understanding for lasting therapeutic gains.

Optional EXTRA Demo Day In Dublin On The 21st March

In this day, together participants will have the opportunity to experience the wonder of our natural unfoldment. Deep attunement to the self-organizing system— our human biology—will show us the way. Organic Intelligence finds the client’s natural path of evolution and meaning through experiencing the very human pathways of meaning and pleasure. This day is a favourite among OI aficionados, and of Steve, as we come together to support, to learn, and to share the experience of embodying the authentic beauty and pathos of our human nature. Participants will learn why the OI koan is: “trauma means unintegrated resource”.  Our intention is kindness, our nature is compassion, and our OI mantra is “the job is enjoyment”.  Tune in to Steve’s OI Podcast, “The End of Trauma” at, and on iTunes]

About Steven Hoskinson

Steven Hoskinson, MA, MAT, is President of Hoskinson Consulting and Founder, CEO and Chief Compassion Officer (CCO) of Organic Intelligence® and the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Organic Intelligence Outreach Institute. Steve developed the Human Empowerment And Resiliency Training — HEARTraining® — based on Organic Intelligence, which is a positive psychology, fractal method to resolve the devastating effects of stress, trauma, and PTSD. Mindfulness-based, it is used around the world by therapists, bodyworkers, social workers and those engaged in the interpersonal neurobiology, resiliency and recovery fields.Steven Hoskinson

Starting in 1999, Steven Hoskinson has trained thousands of therapists, bodyworkers, and social workers in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East in the art of trauma resolution. As a leader in the Somatic Psychology field, Steve worked as International Training Faculty for the Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute for 17 years and is currently Adjunct Faculty for JFK University’s Somatic Psychology program.

In 2007 Steve established Hoskinson Consulting, Inc. in San Diego, CA. He has graduate degrees in Theology and Psychology. Steve is a founding member of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition and the Northern California Society for Integrative Mental Health.

Steve is the Executive Producer of Hindu Lunch Box by Turkish alternative group Powerdrunk.

For a more complete biography and lineage visit Steve Hoskinson’s biography page on the Organic Intelligence website.

Hoskinson Consulting Video Library

The Haunted Self: Understanding and Treating Trauma-Generated Dissociation – Onno van der Hart, PhD

The Haunted Self: Understanding and Treating Trauma-Generated Dissociation, With an Emphasis on Working With Dissociative Parts

Traumatic experiences can be regarded as breaking-points, dividing one’s personality into dissociative parts functioning in daily life (ANPs) and dissociative parts stuck in trauma-time (EPs). The earlier in life the traumatization—often involving Attachment/Developmental trauma, inherent in emotional, physical and sexual abuse–starts, and the more intense and frequent it is, the more complex this dissociation of the personality becomes, then the more phase-oriented therapy needs to be, aiming at increasing the patient’s/client’s integrative capacity. In principle, phase-oriented treatment consists of three recurring phases:

(1) stabilization, symptom reduction and skills training; (2) treatment of traumatic memories; and (3) personality (re-)integration and rehabilitation. Such therapy needs to include: a clearly-defined collaborative therapeutic relationship; a systematic plan of overcoming the various phobias which maintain the dissociation of the personality; the thoughtful application of a systems approach, involving working with dissociative parts—also in the treatment of the traumatic memories. This workshop highlights, in particular, the challenges of working with dissociative parts.

The workshop is an exploration of the many ‘mysterious’ questions that arise when working using a ‘parts’ lense. The two days will tease out some of the following questions:

1) How many ‘dissociative parts’ are clients/therapists likely to experience, what is useful when clients seem to have a vast array of inner personalities?

2) What specific exercises/interventions might foster relationships between a client and his ‘parts’

3) Clients/Therapists often speak about ‘parts’ in the therapeutic hour, they often give a ‘commentary’, but when asked to connect with a part in the here and now, have great difficulty doing so. What might be helpful here?

4) Some Therapists/clients, having connected with a part in the therapy hour, often talk about building a relationship with a part during the following week,
Yet week on week nothing happens. What could we do here?

5) What is useful to brings parts into the here and now, so that clients can stop being triggered

6) Are there differences in working with early rupture/Developmental Trauma versus Complex PTSD using the ‘parts’ model? If so, what are they?

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the nature of trauma-generated dissociation of the personality as an extreme form of non-realization
  2. Recognize the basic division between apparently normal dissociative parts (ANPs) and emotional parts (EPs) and understand the survival roles of various dissociative parts within the context of patient’s/client’s personality
  3. Understand how various phobias maintain the dissociation of the personality and knowing how to overcome them with the frame of phase-oriented treatment
  4. Know how to utilize the collaborative therapeutic relationship in helping the patient/client to recognize, accept, and collaborate with parts
  5. Develop a systemic approach in working with these parts, including child parts (also pre-verbal parts), hostile and perpetrator-imitating parts, perpetrator-idealizing parts
  6. Use therapeutic approaches that call upon the patient’s/client’s imaginative capacity
  7. Enlist dissociative parts’ specific collaboration in the challenging work of integrating traumatic memories

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Onno van der Hart, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Psychopathology of Chronic Traumatization at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and a psychologist/ psychotherapist in private practice, Amstelveen, the Netherlands. He acts as a consultant and supervisor in the field of trauma-related dissociation. He is a past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and the recipient of a number of awards for his clinical and

Dr Dan Siegel ( 2 Days )

Developmental Trauma

An Interpersonal Neurobiological Approach to Transforming Developmental Trauma Into Integration & Resiliency 


Manual registration will be open from 8:30 on Tuesday 16th of May at The Rochestown Park Hotel. The Seminar will commence at 9:30am . We have emailed all attendees with a link to check-in online so please refer to same and follow instructions to avoid manual registration and any possible delays on the day. Please refer to a number of email communications sent to attendees over the last 10 days from PCPSI which will have further information on the two day event.



In this workshop, we will explore trauma resolution from an Interpersonal Neurobiology perspective, looking at how early life experiences and relationships interact with the nervous system and the developing mind to shape who we become. By establishing a working definition of the mind, using the foundational concept of integration – the differentiation and linkage of parts of a system, we can begin to conceptualize trauma through an Interpersonal Neurobiology lens and explore how we can best help our clients resolve trauma, increase integration, and move towards health, well-being, and resiliency.

“Mind” is a term that lacks a definition in a range of fields of academics as well as in education, parenting, and even mental health.  Beyond common descriptions of mental activities, such as emotion, memory and thought, defining the mind itself empowers us to ask what a healthy mind might be, and what we can do to cultivate a healthy mind in our individual and collective lives.

This definition of Mind will serve as a foundation as we dive deeply into the topic of trauma, exploring how traumatic experiences – or experiences that overwhelm our ability to cope well – affect our nervous system, relationships, and subjective experiences and how integration is key to trauma resolution. We will take a critical look at the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) and an in-depth view of attachment science to explore how people adapt to traumatic experiences and how trauma creates barriers to integration, such as impaired neural development, insecure attachment tendencies, and non-coherent narratives.

Using the 9 Domains of Integration, which include integration of consciousness, the nervous system, relationships, internal states, time, and memory, we can identify areas in which clients may be lacking integration, which manifests through states of rigidity, chaos, or both, due to past developmental traumas. Through this thorough understanding of Interpersonal Neurobiology, integration, and trauma, treatment planning and intervention can then be built around increasing differentiation and linkage of specific areas within the client’s life to build new neural pathways, support the creation of coherent narratives, and create rewarding relationships as trauma is resolved.

Come join us on a journey into the nature of mind as we explore trauma resolution, neuroplasticity, and the power of integration to create well-being in the lives of our patients and our own lives.

The workshop includes 

  • A review of current research on the mind, brain, and relationships
  • Discussions about neuroplasticity:  How brain structure is shaped by experience
  • In depth look at developmental trauma from an IPNB perspective
  • Specific techniques that promote integration and improve affect regulation, the coherence of the self, and the quality of interpersonal relationships.
  • Experiential exercises, including guided meditation and mindful movement.

Learning outcomes:

Participants in the workshop will be able to…

  • Describe nine domains of integration
  • Define trauma and describe how it affects the brain, relationships, and the mind
  • Name four ways the brain changes in response to experience
  • Outline how traumatic experiences are uniquely stored in memory and ways in which those memories can become integrated with trauma resolution
  • Name three applications of attachment theory in assessment of developmental trauma
  • Identify chaotic and rigid states as examples of impaired integration and well-being
  • Define the mind and outline how mind is different from brain
  • Outline four ways in which quantum physics may be relevant for understanding mind as an emergent property of energy flow
  • Discuss the nature of time and how an “arrow of time” may be present in some facets of mind but absent in others


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Daniel J. Siegel, M.D

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry.  He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative.

Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization which offers online learning and in-person lectures that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes. His psychotherapy practice includes children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He serves as the Medical Director of the LifeSpan Learning Institute and on the Advisory Board of the Blue School in New York City, which has built its curriculum around Dr. Siegel’s Mindsight approach.

Dr. Siegel has published extensively for the professional audience.  He is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and the internationally acclaimed text, The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are (Second Edition, Guilford, 2012).  This book introduces the field of interpersonal neurobiology, and has been utilized by a number of clinical and research organizations worldwide. Dr. Siegel serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over fifty textbooks.  The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being (Norton, 2007) explores the nature of mindful awareness as a process that harnesses the social circuitry of the brain as it promotes mental, physical, and relational health. The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician’s Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration (Norton, 2010), explores the application of a range of techniques for the clinician’s own development, as well as their clients’ development of mindsight and neural integration. Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Integrative Handbook of the Mind (Norton, 2012), explores how to apply the interpersonal neurobiology approach to developing a healthy mind, an integrated brain, and empathic relationships. His most recent book is Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human (Norton, 2017), which offers a deep exploration of our mental lives as they emerge from the body and our relations to each other and the world around us. Dr. Siegel’s publications for professionals and the public have been translated into over thirty languages.

Dr. Siegel’s book, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (Bantam, 2010), offers the general reader an in-depth exploration of the power of the mind to integrate the brain and promote well-being. He has written four parenting books, including the three New York Times bestsellers Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (Tarcher/Penguin, 2013); The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (Random House, 2011) and No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (Bantam, 2014), both with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., and Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive (Tarcher/Penguin, 2003) with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.

Dr. Siegel’s unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts exciting has led him to be invited to address diverse local, national and international groups of mental health professionals, neuroscientists, corporate leaders, educators, parents, public administrators, healthcare providers, policy-makers, mediators, judges, and clergy. He has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and London’s Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He lives in Southern California with his family.