Relational trauma can cause a loss of connection with the self and impact our ability to engage comfortably in intimate connection with others. Feeling misread, neglected, or abused by the people we want most to be loved by is a traumatizing experience that is cumulative. When these relational wounds remain unseen and unresolved, they can become the pain pump fueling self-medicating and dysfunctional behaviors that silently pass down through generations.
Sociometrics are embodied, research-based processes that educate clients about trauma, grief, and resilience as they offer in-the-moment, experiential relational trauma repair. Created by Dr. Tian Dayton to fit easily into outpatient programs, clinics, and one-to-one settings, sociometrics help to take the guesswork out of incorporating experiential therapy into treatment. They give therapists a clear process that builds momentum for deep change and personal growth. Harnessing the therapeutic power of the group, they teach skills of emotional literacy and self- and co-regulation.
The combination of sociometrics and simple role plays allow the body, as well as the mind, to find a voice. They draw on the theory base of psychodrama and sociometry, the first forms of mind/body, experiential therapy created by the father of group therapy, Jacob Levy Moreno.
Tian Dayton, PhD, is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows and a nationally renowned speaker, expert, and consultant in trauma, addiction, and psychodrama. Her work has been praised by many of today’s leading voices in psychotherapy including Peter Levine and Stephen Porges.
Dr. Dayton is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute and author of 15 books including the soon to be released Treating Adult Children of Relational Trauma (PESI Publishing, 2023).
A board-certified trainer in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy, she’s spent her decades long career adapting psychodrama and sociometry for work specifically with relational trauma and addictions. Her trademarked processes Socio Metrics, are in use nationally and around the world, as is her model Relational Trauma at NYU for eight years, and has appeared a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC and other major media outlets. She has received many awards for her work including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometery and Group Psychotherapy.
Financial: Dr. Tian Dayton is a senior fellow at the Meadows and has employment relationships with New York Psychodrama Training Institute, Sociometric Institute, Caron Foundation, New York University, Bethany Montessori School, and the Himalayan Institute. She is the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She is a national speaker and consultant and receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Dayton receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Tian Dayton is a fellow of the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She is a blog writer for Counselor Magazine, Recovery View and The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and Meadows Media.
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