Somatic Therapy (Body Centered)
Body centered therapy, also known as somatic psychotherapy, includes a variety of approaches to mental health that emphasize the importance of the mind/body connection. Integrating traditional talk therapy with practices that use the body as a healing resource, body centered therapy may include activities like stretching, breath exercises, tai chi, dance, yoga, massage, and relaxation techniques. Body centered therapy can be effective for a wide range of issues including anxiety, body image problems, eating disorders, stress, trauma, abuse, chronic pain, physical illness, terminal disease or disability.
Local Experts in Somatic Therapy (Body Centered)
Most of us live in our heads. It\'s small and crammed full of repetitious thoughts. Somatic therapy opens us up to a vast spaciousness and deep well of embodied knowledge that offers us a full and grounded relationship with our whole selves. With gentle curiosity, we explore and therefore begin to awaken to your sensations, emotions and the reliable flow of your own breath.
I have advanced training in Somatic Experiencing as developed by Peter Levine.
Each of us has the potential to be fully present by utilizing the vast communication potential of the body. I am highly skilled at utilizing the awareness of the sensation in one\'s body to guide a richer understanding of one\'s emotions, reactions and experience during therapy.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Recreation Therapist/Wellness Specialist, I appreciate the importance of engaging body and mind in the healing process. I use somatic (i.e., body centered) techniques to enhance talk therapy; including guided meditation and relaxation skills, self-acupressure, gentle stretches, movement practices like yoga and tai chi, and more.
Somatic refers to the lived experience of the body. Not just having a body, but living in a body. As all our patterns are grounded in our body, we won't just talk about what's going on. Instead, we'll attend to how your body has uniquely adapted to your life. We'll focus on sensations, feelings, and movements in helping you find your greater wholeness.
As both a licensed professional counselor and a licensed massage therapist, I greatly value the strength of addressing both the mind and the body in healing. My approach uses body awareness and mindfulness as a way to enhance traditional talk therapy and includes breathing exercises, guided meditation, EMDR, yoga, and acupressure in sessions.
The body remembers. And sometimes memories get stuck in unhelpful ways. We are capable of making deep shifts in repetitive patterns playing out in our body creating a ripple affect in the way we think, feel and act by cultivating connection with ourselves.
I utilize an eclectic approach including EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness, and experiential tools to help you find healing and grounding as you gain tools to cope on your own.
We live our lives in our bodies. Therapy that doesn\'t engage the information that the body offers is neglecting important wisdom. To live fully, we must live fully embodied, which to me means integrating the body, mind, and heart. A sense of wholeness can\'t be achieved without all three. I use mindfulness based techniques, body-centered exercises, and contactful touch in my practice.
I approach most issues from a mind/body orientation--acknowledging that the body influences the mind\'s state of being as well as the emotions. I incorporate the moving meditation of qigong into talk-therapy sessions by using specific exercises for individual types of problems and disorders. Most body-oriented people really appreciate my holistic approach.
Somatic Therapy is a body-centered approach that integrates body and mind. There is great benefit from talk therapy; but coming into relationship with emotional experiences and body sensations adds a tremendous advantage to the therapy process. All of the counseling modalities that I utilize, including EMDR, Brainspotting, Energy Psychology, the DNMS, and Gestalt, are body-mind approaches.
I\'ve taken training from Peter Levine in Somatic Experiencing Therapy. I combine somatic with mindfulness practices and some narrative therapy offering a more holistic approach
I use Rubenfeld Synergy, a body-mind therapy method that uses your body as the starting point, because your body is home to your thoughts, feelings, and your spirit. Touch heightens awareness both physically and emotionally and allows the exploration of levels of self-knowledge that are difficult to access through either talk or touch alone.
The body holds the story of our lives in the present moment. We can work here and now to heal the wounds which thwart satisfaction in our lives. Through deep listening we learn to attend to the wisdom deep in implicit memory system and to sort what\'s past from what\'s actually happening right now.
Body-Centered Psychotherapy addresses the experience of the whole person, investigating the body and mind as a unified system. Thoughts, emotions, sensations, movements, impulses, and beliefs can be symptoms of suffering or solutions to it. Bringing awareness to all areas of your experience can help you lead a fuller, more integrated life.
Drawing on mindfulness-based, somatic training in Hakomi, Recreation of Self (RC-S), I use the body as a way to access emotions, sensations, imagery, memories that may related to a way a client experiences their body and their therapeutic goals.
Hakomi is a body-centered psychotherapy based in mindfulness that believes that change happens through accessing the interface between our mind and body. Using this method we can uncover core beliefs and psychological patterns and revive the body’s knowledge as a resource. I also use body-centered methods to help clients find resilience from past abuse and trauma.
The body remembers. We are capable of making deep shifts in repetitive patterns that play out in our body creating a ripple affect in the way we think, feel and act by cultivating compassionate connection with ourselves. Through connecting and listening to the messages carried in the body we can begin to be empowered to experience change and healing from any kind of circumstance in life.
Within somatic, I specialize in Orgonomy (Reichian Therapy). In addition to using mindfulness, body awareness, movement and breathing, I utilize Orgonomy in order to work through deeper emotions that can underly symptoms.
Somatic approaches provide access to core parts of self that otherwise remain habitually contained or cut off. In becoming and remaining physically numb, living in analysis and rumination, we disconnect from parts of self. One of the expected outcomes of somatic therapy includes an ongoing integration of parts that once felt overwhelming or represented a risk to our survival.
My ability to explore the body-mind interface is supported by years studying dance movement therapies, a degree in movement analysis from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York City, training in Hakomi and supervision with Donna Roy. I am also a self-proclaimed interpersonal neurobiology geek and love bringing this psychoeducation into my work.
I hold a masters degree in Somatic Psychotherapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I interned at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy in San Francisco, where I received a year\'s worth of one-on-one mentoring in somatic approaches to mental health. I am part of the META learning community - an institute that offers trainings in experiential and body-centered approaches to therapy.
My training in Hakomi has engendered a strong sense of trust in the human system to adapt towards health. Even small amounts of movement can help change to begin. The development of somatic resources for self-regulation of physical and emotional experiences often produces self- trust to clients in subtle but powerful ways. Including the body in healing work is fundamental in my practice!
If you\'re new to the concept of Somatic Therapy, it\'s essentially bringing your awareness into the present moment in terms of physical sensations. Great for processing \'stuckness,\' depression, anger, and trauma. I\'m happy to share more about my perspective here as well!