About The Center for Body Up! Co-Regulation
MA in MFT, MEd, LMT, SEP
About The Founder
Beth Dennison brings 50 years of teaching, psychotherapy and study of neuroscience to designing learning experiences that rewire our brains for connection and co-regulation. She is a pioneer whose professional and personal life has positioned her to make a much needed contribution to remedy the loneliness, isolation, dysregulation and failure to cooperate that plague modern western culture. Beth’s handbook, Body Up!: Nourish Your Nervous System and Your Relationships with Body to Body Co-Regulation, is a seminal work in the fields of embodiment and applied interpersonal neurobiology.
Her background and education include Somatic Experiencing, Marriage and Family Therapy, Bodywork and Peer Counseling. Beth earned her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch New England, and an M.Ed in Counseling at Antioch Graduate School of Education. She completed her Somatic Experiencing Practitioner training (SEP) with Peter Levine at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, where she also serves as a long-term training assistant. She trained in massage and Jin Shin Do at Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy. She has been a teacher, consultant, psychotherapist, supervisor and body worker in a range of environments: corporate, mental health, massage school and private practice.
Beth has a lifelong history of cultivating embodiment and a high capacity for clear, organized thinking. She has applied this rare and useful combination to healing developmental trauma, finding efficient antidotes to shame, and creating effective strategies to rewire the brain for co-regulation and embodiment in therapy and in life.
While working with PTSD, Beth realized that we all need what trauma clients need, a sense that we belong and we matter. It is a basic human necessity. Parenting a non-verbal child for 30 years demanded that Beth develop high capacity for empathy and a profound understanding of how the human nervous system works. (Learn about Beth’s son, Ian, and view his photography here.) As a result of these professional and personal circumstances, she champions embodiment in relational space as the foundation of effective therapeutic relationships and healthy human interaction.
Beth puts new information from neuroscience to the test of embodied practice. Her workshops teach participants how to tune in to their own nervous system and connect generously and appropriately with others. She is a dedicated teacher who models the embodiment she teaches. She creates safe environments for people to reveal themselves and learn to co-regulate.
Currently, Beth manages The Center for Body! Co-Regulation, where she teaches and creates educational materials. She maintains a small private practice and provides professional supervision for practitioners.