Sylvia Israel, LMFT, RDT/BCT, TEP

1924 Fourth Street. San Rafael, CA 94901

312 Third Avenue. San Francisco, CA 94118

415-454-7308

http://www.bayareamorenoinstitute.com/

http://imaginecenter.net/

Sylvia IsraelThe Therapeutic Spiral Model has given me a framework for working with trauma survivors in individual and group therapy. I know where to start and what steps to follow. Of course, no model can be the same for every client, but overall, I have some general principles to guide me. For example, before a protagonist can take a wounded child role, the protagonist needs to be able to rescue him/herself.

As therapist and psychodrama director, I am guided by The Intra-Psychic Role Atom of the Trauma Survivor (TSIRA). When I first came to understand it, I was relieved. I was a beginning therapist and psychodramatist, and for the first time, I felt I had something to “hang my hat on.” I could see the roles that were needed and the ones that clients were stuck in. The TSIRA aided me in formulating a treatment plan. It was a road map that led to healing; it elucidated the steps to take and included how to navigate the journey safely without re-traumatizing my clients. When clients were overwhelmed or dissociated, I knew how to help them regulate. I continue to use the TSIRA integrating my more recent studies of neuroscience and somatic attachment therapy.

Additionally, I have learned how the trauma in my family has affected me. TSIRA has provided me with the tools to work on my own healing and regulation. I can take the role of observing ego to get an objective view of my feelings and behaviors, notice my defenses, use my internal containing double when overwhelmed, and role reverse with my strengths.

As a trainer in TSM, Kate and I have been offering TSM courses over the past few years in the San Francisco Bay Area. In Spring 2017, we completed the full cycle of courses. In Fall 2017 I am beginning a new cycle of certification courses and am offering Surviving Spirits for Personal Growth and Professional Development with local team members. Kate will offer something and continue to come here once or twice a year. I also use TSM, and the TSIRA to inform my supervision.

In addition, I teach Psychodrama courses in two graduate programs, California Institute of Integral Studies and Kansas State University where I always include classes on TSM. I also offer training through the Bay Area Moreno Institute that includes TSM. TSM and the TSIRA also informs how my supervision.

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May
24
Fri
10:00 am Where I Begin and You End : A t... @ Ottawa, Ontario
Where I Begin and You End : A t... @ Ottawa, Ontario
May 24 @ 10:00 am – May 26 @ 2:30 pm
Brene Brown said it best, “daring to set boundaries at the risk of disappointing others is having the courage to love one’s self” Using the Therapeutic Spiral Model, participants will learn to set boundaries from[...]
Jun
14
Fri
all-day 2nd IAGP Research Congress on Tr... @ MEDITERRANEAN PALACE HOTEL
2nd IAGP Research Congress on Tr... @ MEDITERRANEAN PALACE HOTEL
Jun 14 – Jun 17 all-day
2nd IAGP Research Congress on Trauma and Crisis @ MEDITERRANEAN PALACE HOTEL
On behalf of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Processes (IAGP), the IAGP Research Committee and the Local Organizing  Committee of the Congress we are glad to invite you to attend the 2nd IAGP [...]
Jun
20
Thu
all-day Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Zagreb, Croatia
Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Zagreb, Croatia
Jun 20 – Jun 23 all-day
Transforming the Trauma Triangle @ Zagreb, Croatia
The Therapeutic Spiral Model’s (TSM) “Trauma Triangle” is a unique configuration that clarifes the destructive cycle of victim, perpetrator, and abandoning authority. Indistinction to Karpman’s Triangle, this last role was created by TSM to explain[...]
Jun
27
Thu
all-day Surviving Spirits, Healing Traum... @ Malaga, Spain
Surviving Spirits, Healing Traum... @ Malaga, Spain
Jun 27 – Jun 30 all-day
Surviving Spirits, Healing Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model @ Malaga, Spain
This Surviving Spirits workshop, in a beautiful residential setting on the Southern coast of Spain, offers the perfect opportunity to personally experience TSM Psychodrama using The Therapeutic Spiral Model. Join us to find the joy of post traumatic[...]
Aug
2
Fri
all-day Men’s Retreat: Action Change Gro... @ Philadelphia, PA
Men’s Retreat: Action Change Gro... @ Philadelphia, PA
Aug 2 – Aug 4 all-day
Men’s Retreat: Action Change Group for Post-Traumatic Growth @ Philadelphia, PA
Men today are facing a world that challenges notions of identity and what it means to be a ‘man’. In order to find harmony in our life and society, we need to reflect on who[...]
Aug
15
Thu
all-day International Woman’s Salon for... @ Temenos Retreat Center, West Chester county, PA
International Woman’s Salon for... @ Temenos Retreat Center, West Chester county, PA
Aug 15 – Aug 18 all-day
International Woman's  Salon for Post Traumatic Growth @ Temenos Retreat Center, West Chester county, PA
Join Dr. Kate, Amy Stone, LSCW Kimberly Bass, LCSW, and Avital Spiegel, LCSW for this Residential International Woman’s Salon. You are meant to be at this workshop if you are still fighting the traumas of[...]
Oct
24
Thu
all-day TSM Directing Practice: Improvin... @ Temenos Retreat Center West Cester, PA
TSM Directing Practice: Improvin... @ Temenos Retreat Center West Cester, PA
Oct 24 – Oct 27 all-day
TSM Directing Practice: Improving your Auxiliary Work with Trauma @ Temenos Retreat Center West Cester, PA
We invite you to attend this weekend residential training in using psychodrama for trauma-informed therapy. While the Therapeutic Spiral Model is the primary lens we will look at to create containment, self-regulation and narrative label,[...]
Nov
8
Fri
all-day International Woman’s Salon for... @ San Rafael, CA
International Woman’s Salon for... @ San Rafael, CA
Nov 8 – Nov 10 all-day
International Woman's  Salon for Post Traumatic Growth @ San Rafael, CA
Join Dr. Kate and Sylvia Israel, LMFT, RDT/BCT, TEP for this International Woman’s Salon. You are meant to be at this workshop if you are still fighting the traumas of the past inside yourself, even[...]
Dec
5
Thu
all-day The Brain in Action, the Neurobi... @ Spain TBA
The Brain in Action, the Neurobi... @ Spain TBA
Dec 5 – Dec 8 all-day
The Brain in Action, the Neurobiology of Trauma @ Spain TBA
People who have experienced traumatic events can have significant changes in the neurobiology of their brain. The right brain holds emotions, relationship information, and unprocessed trauma, often in the form of flashbacks, body memories, intrusive thoughts and dissociated[...]
Dec
13
Fri
all-day Brain in Action @ Zagreb, Croatia
Brain in Action @ Zagreb, Croatia
Dec 13 – Dec 15 all-day
Brain in Action @ Zagreb, Croatia
People who have experienced traumatic events can have significant changes in the neurobiology of their brain. The right brain holds emotions, relationship information, and unprocessed trauma, often in the form of flashbacks, body memories, intrusive[...]