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)
I have training in somatic and mindfulness techniques pioneered by Bessel van der Kolk and Peter Levine.
Certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
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.
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.
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.
Authenticity and freedom are the primary virtues of existentialism. Completing the Re-Creation of the Self Professional Module, I ascribe to the philosophy which posits that we are innately whole - expansive, abundant and loving. I use this method to empower clients to emerge from perceptions of woundedness and merge with their organic self. \nhttps://meta-trainings.com/re-creation-of-the-self-rcs/
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 Hakomi graduate, I utilize Hakomi principles and techniques in my work.
I integrate body-based alternative interventions such as breath, movement and mediation with traditional talk therapy for a holistic healing experience.
The body has infinite wisdom- stored in our nervous system and in our muscles and bones is the capacity to be in connection to ourselves in mindful and integrated ways. In our session I may draw attention to your body and as you emote, think and experience healing and change. This, often leads to greater mind-body connection.
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.
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!
Trauma research shows that trauma gets held in our bodies via our central nervous system’s response to distress. Understanding and regulating these responses is crucial in trauma work.
Somatic (Body) Psychotherapy treats the whole person, integrating body, mind, emotions, and spirit, enabling you to do deeper more meaningful work in less time with more lasting results. (http://www.ibponline.org/ – Integrative Body Psychotherapy). I work with the breath, movement, inner body sensations/awareness, and access the right-brain through symbolism, intuition, & imagery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am trained in mind/body therapy and mindfulness practices which neuroscience research has shown is effective in treating depression, trauma, and anxiety.
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.
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 am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and am a Mentor in Organic Intelligence, two leading modalities in the world of somatic healing and trauma resolution.
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.
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.
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!
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.
When we as humans are out of touch with our body, we are out of touch with life. Habits can mask pain, and anxiety can give way to habits and addiction. We want to be alive in our bodies living a full existence and yet the natural wisdom we desire is not well practiced. We can learn how to inhabit our bodies fully utilizing it as a source of healing and inspiration for healing mind and spirit.
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
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.
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.
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.
The body holds so many messages that give clues to our physical and emotional health. Having worked with individuals a variety of mental health settings I have the experience and the knowledge to assist you at attuning deeper to your inner voice.
My background starts and ends with the body.\nI 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.