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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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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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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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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Emily Davis (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, NCC, LPC intern

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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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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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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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Lolo Haha (he/him)

Somatic Practitioner

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kari Carroll (she/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMFT

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Erin Fanshier (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Somatic therapy can be a powerful way to address past and current trauma, as well as anxiety, depression, grief and loss. Trauma and memories are stored in the body, and incorporating somatic techniques into talk therapy can help you make progress in areas where you may have felt "stuck" previously.

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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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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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Hayden Collier

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC-I

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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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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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Rebecca Garetz

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC Intern. LMHCA, CYT

I am a trauma informed certified yoga teacher and therapist (500 hors)

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Jules Allison (They/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC-Intern, MA

I use EMDR & IFS that are focused on somatic approaches

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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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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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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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Rivka Sidelsky (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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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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Jessica Barnese

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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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Ivy Katz, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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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Andrew Conner (He/Him/His)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

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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David Zimmerman (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

M.A., LPC Intern

I focus on working with men who want to connect with their emotional worlds and bring care to the parts that don’t have a place to come forward. As you get comfortable with me, my mind-body approach means that I might ask you: What are you noticing right now? Body? Heart? When things get tough, what do you reach for? When you consider being a man, what happens in your body?

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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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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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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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Sarah Bower Ho, MA

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

How do you know what you feel when you feel it? Where is it? When does it happen? Somatic therapy considers the individual as a whole, without separating the mind from the body. We add value to your experience in therapy when we include your whole self by mindfully exploring your felt sense of what you experience.

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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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Emily Beloof (she/her)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

MFTi, MA, LLC

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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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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Ayala Parker (she/they)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

LMFT-I

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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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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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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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David Hayden (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

I practice and have been trained in Somatic Experiencing. This approach views treatment, via working with the nervous system and I have personalized this orientation to also prioritize an individual's attachment style.

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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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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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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. As former bodyworker and devoted yogi, I draw from my years of practice and training to blend restorative postures, breathing practices and relaxation techniques to create deep, lasting change.

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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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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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Riva Stoudt

Licensed Professional Counselor

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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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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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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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