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.

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Lolo Haha (he/him)

Somatic Practitioner

M.A., Diploma of Process Work

I am trained in Process Work, which uses somatic awareness practices to work with body symptoms, nighttime dreams, relational difficulties, vision for the world, and more. Through embodiment of that which attracts or disturbs us, we can often gain insights that can bring new ways of being and living our lives more fully. Embodiment can allow for a more rapid integration of these learnings.

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James Reling (he/him/his)

Professional Counselor Associate

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Trauma (from big events to the accumulation of smaller invalidating experiences) is stored in the body, as is resilience and the potential for healing. By learning how to listen to and follow your body's cues, you can heal in ways that may be less accessible to traditional talk therapy. I am currently in a three-year training to become a Somatic Experiencing Practioner.

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Arrival Counseling annie dolle LCSW (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

As a student of Hakomi and AEDP I am focused on the most gentle, effective, and powerful tools for self awareness and choice. I believe that we can attune to our bodies, minds, emotions, moods, memories, beliefs, and spirit to move towards greater inner peace and joy. Carefully attuned body awareness is an effective tool in driving this process. This background makes me an excellent choice for integration therapy.

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Kristine Zappa (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, Professional Counselor Associate, R-DMT, LMHCA

My MA is in Somatic Counseling with a concentration in both Body Psychotherapy and Dance/Movement Therapy from Naropa University. Additionally, I am a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) through the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA).

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Alicia Banister

Professional Counselor Associate

My background is in somatic-oriented therapies, including Craniosacral therapy, massage, and therapeutic yoga. Much of my practice involves integrating the body into your lived experience, through movement, experience, and nervous system regulation.

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Emma Stern (she/her/hers)

Professional Counselor Associate

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Somatic psychotherapy integrates body-based inquiry and mindfulness into traditional talk therapy. Much of our subconscious emotional experience manifests as physical tension and holding patterns. “Feelings” are literally physical manifestations of the brain and nervous system’s response to emotional stimuli. Through developing a cognitive understanding of the mind-body connection, we find manageable ways to face challenges and cultivate deeper compassion for ourselves and others.

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Sarah Howeth (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A. in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy

Present-moment experience, like thoughts, body sensations, feelings, memories, etc., is explored to elucidate “core material” (unconscious ways of being in the world), and transform it, often through mindful experiments.

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Cornelia Taubmann (she/her)

Hypnotherapist

PgDip

In my practice, I use Somatic Experiencing and other body-focused approaches like EMDR because of their effectiveness in dealing with trauma.

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Katrina Clark (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MSW, LCSW

I integrate body-based processes and techniques to help you release nervous system stress, blocked emotions and stored traumas in your body.

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Nova (Stephenie) Knutson (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, CHT

Somatic therapies operate on the principle that body and mind are co-arising and co-influencing and that attending to the body is integral to the healing process. Untended emotional challenges often manifest in physical pain and dis-ease. As a certified Hakomi Therapist I have specialized training and over 16 years of experience in counseling with a somatic/body centered orientation.

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Marley Dagner (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, NCC

The brain, nervous system, emotions, and physical experiences are an integral part of our human experience. Somatic-based and focused therapeutic interventions can provide great insight and regulation to a variety of life's struggles; which can lead to an impactful recovery, growth, and healing for many folks.

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Brittany England

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

I use an integrative Mind-Body approach that is based in somatic, meridian tapping techniques (FasterEFT & EFT), NLP, mindfulness and Neuroscience. This approach allows us to work with the subconscious mind which is where your internal operating system lives. We will work together to help you tune into your somatic (body/physical) experience to help you gain more awareness of your internal experience. This holistic approach invites in the possibility for deeper healing and transformation.

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Carolyn Knutson LPC, LMT (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Somatic Experiencing-- This type of therapy views the body as a source of wisdom and a path to healing and self-awareness. It uses mindfulness as a way to study present experience, the holding patterns in our physical form, and the core beliefs that shape us. When we are aware of our patterns, it frees us to live more full, authentic lives. This approach is non-pathological and recognizes that people are always seeking wholeness.

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Peter Addy (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

PhD, LPC, LMHC

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Quinn Rivenburgh (they/them)

Art Therapist

MAAT, ATR-BC, LAT, LPCC

Somatic Experiencing Therapy is a trauma-healing technique focused on the body. Because of the way that traumatic memories are stores in our brains and nervous systems, it is often not effective to merely talk about the trauma. This is because trauma reactions get "stuck" in the nervous system. Somatic Experiencing Therapy uses body-based tools to help mitigate and resolve trauma responses, in order to restore resilience and ease to a person's daily lived experience.

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horizon greene (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, LICSW

Being in our bodies is the work of listening deeply to our whole selves. My healing style is somatic and some of my work with folks looks like helping folks to breathe, to listen deeply to their whole selves and to develop more fluency with their hearts and bodies. I believe the best therapy will always invite your fullness into the room and that by working in the body and attuning toward our full selves we step into our healing.

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Jeanell Innerarity (She/Her)

Professional Counselor

MA, QMHP-C, HTS, LMT

As a bodyworker with over twenty years of somatic experience, everything I do is rooted in the intelligence and wisdom of the body. I utilize Processwork methods of exploring body symptoms and chronic pains and illnesses as part of your life path, uncovering the wisdom and insight contained within your body experience.

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Danielle Davis (they/she)

Professional Counselor Associate

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Jennie Towne

Licensed Professional Counselor

MEd, MS, LPC

As a Hakomi graduate, I utilize Hakomi principles and techniques in my work.

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Rivka Sidelsky (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Erika Nelson (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Connecting the mind, body and spirit can be essential in the healing and growth process. I utilize many somatic approaches in order to support better integration of the change we are trying to create. This can look very different and is individualized for the person and situation.

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Andrew Conner (He/Him/His)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA

I am a certified teacher of The Realization Process, an embodied path to spiritual awakening, personal growth, and healing created by Judith Blackstone.

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Dr. Sarah Kendrick (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

PMH-C, CCTS

I could have spent my whole life talking about trauma instead of moving it through. As a student who stumbled into the field, I was its biggest critic. I wanted evidence that the body mattered. In my most profound relationships now as client or healer, we don't talk a lot & the evidence is right there in the ability to process & release pain without analysis paralysis. I lead folx to learn from their own body how stress shapes the way they walk the world & they let it lead them toward freedom

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Shay Larken

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, Professional Counselor Associate, NCC

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Lauren Saville (She/They)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Shannon Rice (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

I have 3 years of training in Somatic Experiencing, a world-renowned trauma-informed therapeutic modality. This includes acute PTSD, as well as sexual, complex, relational, or developmental trauma. You will learn how trauma works and how to regulate yourself when triggered to feel more empowered in yourself and in the world. My goal is to help you feel more "at home" in your body and learn how to trust your internal cues.

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Anjuli Shah-Johnson (She/Her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, LMT

Dually licensed as a clinical social worker and a massage therapist, I have continued training with Kathy Kain in a modality called Somatic Regulation and Resilience completing certification for using this modality in the treatment of developmental trauma. I have also worked with Carol Gray with a focus on integrating craniosacral work as a means of releasing emotions and patterns that are no longer serving us from the body.

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Riva Stoudt

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Holly Wigmore (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC Associate

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Ally Simone (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT T2066

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Rachel Stein (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, NCC

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E.K. (Emily) Frey (she / they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Foundations in Somatic Abolitionism, with Resmaa Menakem and Carlin Quinn (January - December 2021)

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Haley Brotzman (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

Professional Counselor Associate

Our bodies hold complete memories of everything that has happened to us and the generations that have come before us. There is so much history in our bodies that we often are not even aware of. It is through connection to the body that we can begin to heal from trauma, abuse, general unhealthy patterns, and more.

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Candice Guertin (She/Her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MFT Registered Associate

I believe the mind and body need to be integrated for healing to occur. In addition to being a therapist, I am a certified yoga instructor and have received training in mindfulness, meditation, and breathwork. I creates a safe space for clients to explore and be their authentic selves. Clients appreciate my warmth, understanding and ability to foster a space of non-judgement. “Balance in the body is the foundation for balance in life” B.K.S

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Terra Anderson (they/them)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, R-DMT

My guess is that when it comes to sex and intimacy, you'd like to actually feel progress, not just talk about it. Right? My approach to therapy inherently includes your body as a gateway to knowing yourself and your needs on a deeper level. In our work together I will help you track your felt experience by way of your breath, sensation, and movement to create shifts on an embodied level.

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Portland Therapy Project

Licensed Professional Counselor

All clinician and supervisors work through the lens of somatic therapy. We believe understanding our whole self starts with holding space for all the emotions and experience of the body.

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Misha Drlikova

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Body centered therapy emphasizes the importance of the mind/body connection. Often, we forget to simply “be” present in our bodies. By tuning into our body, we can learn how to inhabit the full spectrum of our human experience and let our body be an ally to our journey of healing, by simply listening to its wisdom.

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Rebecca Garetz (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC, CYT

I am a trauma informed certified yoga teacher and therapist (500 hours). Yoga is a great addition to talk therapy. The body holds emotions and trauma that sometimes our brains haven't even processed or consciously aware of. Working with the body can calm the nervous system and teach us about safety, boundaries, and connection.

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Ayala Parker (she/they)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA, LMFT-A

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Caitlin Keitel (she/her)

Professional Counselor

M.A. Process Oriented Facilitation

Our bodies have an incredible capacity to hold experiences as sensory-grounded memories. By consciously following the signals and symptoms of our bodies, we can find much greater awareness and healing than we can with our thinking minds alone.

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Hayden Collier

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC-I

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Jane Flanagan (they/them)

Professional Counselor Associate

Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Julianna Vermeys

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

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.

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Christine Finucane (She/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, SUDP, LICSW, SEP

Similar to mindfulness, Somatic therapy, also known as Somatic Experiencing, is a body focused approach to healing. Research has shown that unresolved trauma is energy that is stored in our body. Learning to befriend our bodies and to notice when we are caught in a traumatic reaction in our nervous system such as fight, flight, freeze is the first step to healing. Please see my website for more information.

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Grace Carter (She/Her)

Professional Counselor Associate

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lisa anne ross (she/her)

Professional Counselor

Core Energetics explores the intersection of body, mind, and spirit using embodiment practices to bring consciousness to the flow and constrictions of energy in our body, mind, and emotions. I’ll guide you in applying awareness and movement to unwind the physical and energetic armor that formed as we developed from childhood into adulthood, leading to an authentic self unbound by insecurities.

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Johanna Rayman (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, GCFP

Our bodies are involved in all of our thoughts & emotions. Sometimes words can't convey the depth of our experience, but mindful attention to physical experience can open up new awareness and self-compassion. I am trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and the Feldenkrais Method(R). I am also influenced by ideas from Interpersonal Neurobiology, Internal Family Systems, and Authentic Movement.

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Marcy Irene Jenks (she/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, RN, LPC

"Soma" is the Greek word meaning "living body". Too often we are disconnected from our body's wisdoms and might ignore the wealth of insight and understanding the body has for our lives. Somatic approaches to therapy involve exploring and including the body's experiences in each session, understanding that our bodies, even when in pain or discomfort, can be a resource and ally towards living a fulfilling life.

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Melinda Norman (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

I blend a mixture of energy work with my training in PSIP (psychedelic somatic interactional psychotherapy---which can be done non medicated) to assist clients in releasing stored trauma from their body.

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Caitlin Truitt (she/her/hers)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, LSWAIC

Traumatic experiences are not processed like other memories. The brain does not assign a "time stamp" to trauma memories like it does to other past experiences, which causes our bodies to operate as if that trauma is still happening. This causes our nervous systems to go haywire and wreaks havoc on our bodies. Somatic approaches, like polyvagal theory, heal trauma by helping us find safety in our bodies, retraining our nervous systems to realize that we are no longer constantly in danger.

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Dore Everett,LCSW (He/Him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

An interdisciplinary, holistic approach to study the experience of the body to reveal and understand the interaction of our body structures with our thoughts, beliefs and actions.

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Jennifer Stratton (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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Marc•francis Otto (he/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, RSMT/E

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.

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Camillia de la Garza (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, CMA

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 other modalities. I am also a self-proclaimed interpersonal neurobiology geek and love bringing this psychoeducation into my work :)

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Jen Yerty (She/They)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC I

I have training in somatic and mindfulness techniques pioneered by Bessel van der Kolk and Peter Levine. I have specifi training in Somatic Experiencing for trauma processing.

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Amelia Mackle MSEd LPC RYT

Licensed Professional Counselor

My perspective is that the mind and the body cannot be seperated if we are to feel like we are wholly living. I use a variety of breathing techniques, yoga, body sensing and physical health approaches to bring the mind and body to healing together.

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Erin Ruehmann, CEP (she/her)

Somatic Practitioner

Somatic therapy encourages body movements and expressions as a way to tap into the places where early traumatic events with largely unfelt emotions have become trapped. Through this process, false beliefs, defense strategies and previously unconscious material is realized and the energy system starts to flow more freely into a more open, integrated and grounded sense of self.

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Emily Davis (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC, LPC intern

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Jenni Goldstein (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

Hakomi and other modalities I work with work very directly with the body. This might include tracking the body through mindfulness, movement/gestures, or consensual therapeutic touch in service to self-study. The body is also utilized for processing traumatic memories that are stuck in the nervous system.

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Stuart Malkin

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC

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.

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Kellie Supriano

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Pearl Waldorf

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Ivy Katz (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

In a somatic approach, the information the body conveys is welcomed. Together we pay close attention to the messages your body is sending. Somatic approaches to therapy understand the ways our bodies digest experiences and utilize this understanding to inform the healing process. A somatic orientation to therapy integrates healing at an embodied level often allowing for progress and changes to happen more sustainably.

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Jessica Barnese

Professional Counselor Associate

What we have experienced in our lives creates patterns of responses that we often catch ourselves falling into, but don't always know how to get out of. These patterns are held in our nervous system as different forms of thinking and feeling, both in our emotions and as physiological responses in our bodies. In my practice, I address the way the mind, emotions, and body are interconnected to help my clients unwind these patterned responses and have more freedom and choice in their lives.

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Naomi Painter (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I use many somatic methods in my practice in order to assist with the integration of the mind-body experience.

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Kari Carroll (she/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMFT

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Haley Bosco Doyle (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A.

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Erica Ochsenreither (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, ATR-P

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