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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Jessica Barnese

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

The body is a well of experiential knowledge. Through mindfulness, movement, and touch, I help you to use your awareness of your body as a perspective for self-study and understanding.

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

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

As a student of Hakomi 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.

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Lolo Haha (he/him)

Professional Counselor

M.A., Dipl. PW

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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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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David Zimmerman (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA, LPC Intern

I deeply believe change happens by having and integrating new and novel experiences in real time both through our cognition and through our felt-sense experience within our bodies. My training in Hakomi and sensorimotor psychotherapy provide the tools for us to explore and integrate you as a whole person; body, heart and mind. I immensely value the body as a channel for wisdom and change.

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Nova (Stephenie) Knutson (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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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Kristine Zappa (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA, LPC Intern, R-DMT

My MA is in Somatic Counseling with a concentration in both Body Psychotherapy and Dance/Movement Therapy. I have studied multiple forms of somatic therapy including and draw primarily from authentic movement and Body-Mind Centering. I am a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) through the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA)

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Carolyn Knutson LPC, LMT (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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 craniosacral therapy, breathing exercises, guided meditation, EMDR, and yoga philosophy in sessions.

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Kerry Ogden

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

We are more than our thinking mind. The experience of being oneself must be felt. I have extensive training in a variety of body centered treatment including: Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, Coherence Therapy and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy.

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Alicia Banister

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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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Jennie Towne MEd, MS, LPCi

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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

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Katherine Friedman

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Caitlin Keitel

Professional Counselor

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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Michelle Garfinkel (she/her)

Holistic Sex Coach

VITA certified

Your issues are in your tissues. Thoughts and feelings, though important and informative, are not complete without the lived, sensory experiences of your body. That knot in your solar plexus, the tension in your pelvic floor, the clenching in your jaw... all of those point to experiences that need to be heard, felt, and processed through your system. This allows for a bone-deep healing that lasts.

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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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Greg Arbo, PsyD, RYT

Clinical Psychologist Resident

Somatic Therapy is grounded in the mind-body connection. I integrate Yoga science and evidence-based mindfulness therapy to further support the effectiveness of this approach. As we hold emotions in our mind and body, it is important we recognize, understand, and correctly label our physical and mental experiences so we may foster healthier relationships and live a more fulfilled life.

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Marcy Irene Jenks (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, RN, NCC, LPC-Intern

"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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Emily Davis (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, NCC, LPC intern

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Stuart Malkin

Licensed Professional Counselor

M.S., 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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Allison Batty-Capps (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA, LMFT

I am trained in mind/body therapy and mindfulness practices which neuroscience research has shown is effective in treating depression, trauma, and anxiety.

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Jennifer Stratton

Licensed Professional Counselor

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!

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Camillia Thompson, LPC (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 supervision with Donna Roy. I am also a self-proclaimed interpersonal neurobiology geek and love bringing this psychoeducation into my work.

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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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dare sohei

Professional Counselor

My background starts and ends with the body. I began my training years ago with massage therapy, continued into a wide range of somatic approaches such as alexander technique and feldenkrais, and advanced into personal training and movement rehabilitation with a focus on our nervous system.

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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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Katrina Clark (she/her)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, CSWA

I integrate body-based alternative interventions such as breath, movement and mediation with traditional talk therapy for a holistic healing experience.

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Anjuli Shah-Johnson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Ayala Parker (she/they)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

LMFT-I

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James Reling

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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.

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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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Miranda York

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

I use mindfulness to guide you to understand your body's natural impulses that may have been suppressed due to shock traumas, relational traumas, or social conditioning. These natural impulses can help us understand the adaptive actions we need to take in life that flow naturally from our emotions.

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Zeyah Roge (She/Her and They/Them)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

MA, MFT Intern, LMT, RYT-500

I hold a masters degree in Somatic Therapy 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.

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JESSICA VAN DER MERWE (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LMHCA, LPC Intern

Brainspotting therapy harnesses the body’s natural healing by locating a point of vision that correlates with inner neural, somatic, and emotional experiences. These eye positions, called Brainspots, access the subcortical brain, which is the inner part of our brain that holds emotional, non-verbal, and trauma memory. Accessing these brainspots lead to healing and resolution of issues that are held deeply held in the brain and body.

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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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Jor-El Zajatz (He/Him/His)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA

An approach that looks at the connection of mind and body through the use of mind-body exercises and other physical techniques to reduce stress that is negatively affecting your physical and emotional well-being.

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Brittany England

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

I use an integrative Mind-Body approach that is based in meridian tapping techniques (FasterEFT & EFT), NLP, hypnosis, mindfulness and Neuroscience. This approach allows us to work with the subconscious mind which is where your internal operating system lives. We will explore anything from the past or present you would like to feel better about so you can create a better, more fulfilling future.

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Naomi Painter (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC intern

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

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Jenni Goldstein (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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

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Emily Beloof

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

We live in our bodies and every experience we have is felt, held, and released through our bodies. If you work with me, you will learn to develop or build upon body awareness that will allow deeper release of trauma, greater self-awareness, and a more sophisticated awareness and management of your emotions.

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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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Marc Otto (he/they)

Registered Somatic Movement Therapist

MA, RSMT/E, LPCi

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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Jen Yerty, LPC, CADC I

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have training in somatic and mindfulness techniques pioneered by Bessel van der Kolk and Peter Levine.

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Jeanell Innerarity, MA, LMT (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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