Somatic Therapy (Body Centered)

Somatic therapy, also sometimes known as body-centered therapy, refers to approaches that integrate a client’s physical body into the therapeutic process. Somatic therapy focuses on the mind-body connection and is founded on the belief that viewing the mind and body as one entity is essential to the therapeutic process. Somatic therapy practitioners will typically integrate elements of talk therapy with therapeutic body techniques to provide holistic healing. Somatic therapy is particularly helpful for those trying to cope with abuse or trauma, but it is also used to treat issues including anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, grief, or addiction, among others. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s somatic therapy experts today.

Meet the specialists


I am certified in the Rosenberg system of Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) as a practitioner and teacher. IBP is a philosophy of psychotherapy that affirms the inseparability of mind, body, and spirit in the human experience, and offers a framework for working with painful, limiting patterns on a body level in addition to psychological/verbal.

— Wendy Dingee, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Las Vegas, NV

We learn to befriend the body and learn to read its messages as invitation to feel safe and experience pleasure.

— Cyndi Darnell, Sex Therapist in NYC, NY

I began studying somatic therapy in 2016, when it was casually mentioned in a training I was attending. Understanding the neuroscience of trauma and bringing the mind and body together, has been one of the most illuminating experiences of my career. It is through our bodies that we can heal. Always a lifelong learner, I am beginning training in 2020 to become certified in Somatic Experiencing.

— Cyndy Rehberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Collins, CO

Body Psychotherapy and Movement Therapy go beyond traditional “talk therapy” as these specialized approaches offer mindful consideration to the crucial role of the body structure and process of the psyche. During a session, I pay close attention to sensation and body states, which allow unconscious material to authentically manifest and possibly be worked with using breath, spatial awareness, consented therapeutic touch, movement, sensation, and imagery.

— Lina Návar, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX

I'm a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). Unlike traditional psychotherapy, which focuses on words and dialog, Somatic Experiencing (SE) focuses on felt sensation as an entry point to therapy. By working with physical sensation, difficult experiences can be safely managed and resolved.

— Loretta Staples, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Haven, CT

Somatic psychotherapy begins with the premise that our bodies are always communicating.

— Ashley Gregory, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I use Lifespan Integration as a somatic, body based therapy, particularly for PTSD and Complex PTSD.

— Kelli Gordon, Psychotherapist in Seattle, WA

I am a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a biological, body-based approach to resolving trauma and stress. Imprints of overwhelming experiences are often held in the body. Using SE, I can help you release these imprints gently and process traumatic experiences that are often not accessible to conventional talk therapy alone. This allows you a wider range of responses to the life around you and frees a sense of choice, freedom and joy.

— Claudia Hartke, Psychologist in Boulder, CO

Through art, breath and energy work we work with the body to help clients feel more grounded, present and calm.

— Celine Redfield, Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

Somatic psychotherapy is a holistic approach incorporating mind, body, spirit, and emotions in healing. In this approach, there is a focus on developing awareness of how thoughts, sensation and emotions are have a profound impact on how we relate to the world. This includes past traumatic experiences that can keep us stuck in repeating actions, thoughts or behaviors that are unhealthy and harmful. Learning to self soothe and regulate emotions moves us towards empowerment and healing.

— Cindy Ricardo, Counselor in Coral Springs, FL

My entire graduate studies were focused on Somatic Psychology at the California Institute for Integral Studies. This orientation provides an added dimension by taking the therapy out of the arena of second-hand reports (from your verbal mind) and into first-hand, felt experience. Our bodies often reveal first what our verbal, self conscious mind attempts to disguise and hide. I utilize Somatic interventions to potentially open you up to information that can be overlooked in most analytic psychotherapy. Traditional therapy practices pay attention almost exclusively to thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. In Somatics, the added awareness of sensations and felt experiences within the body are used to deepen the work. This can provide a channel of cooperation between the unconscious and conscious. In turn, Somatics helps to facilitate communication among parts of yourself that may be lost, hidden, or isolated.

— Vanessa Tate, Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

I recognize the connection between, mind, body and spirit and that working in any one of these realms means were working on all of them. Through mindfulness will explore the wisdom of your body as a gateway to your emotions and the wealth of information about yourself that sometimes the mind can obscure.

— Ayala Kalisher, Counselor in Santa Rosa, CA

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.

— Jessica Barnese, Counselor in Portland, OR

As a therapist and yoga teacher, I utilize the breath, movement, and psychotherapy to address my client's concerns. I use a somatic therapy approach, a holistic therapy that studies the mind-body connection regarding the psychological past. I utilize this theory to understand and treat past traumas that are disrupting, both physically and mentally. Somatic therapy will help you better understand the mind-body connection, address somatic responses, and respond to mental and physical sensations.

— Lauren Northrup, Counselor in Boulder, CO

I earned a specialization in Somatic Psychotherapy in 2015 and continue to deepen skills by receiving ongoing mentoring and consultation in body-oriented therapy and touch work.

— Phoenix Jackson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I have completed five years of training and am certified as a somatic experiencing practitioner (SEP) with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI) , and have added qualifications within the SEP field that include advanced touch skills.

— Melissa Stewart, Clinical Social Worker in Louisville, KY