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.

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I am trained to focus on the body, the breath, the voice, and non-verbal communication as primary signals for what's going on inside you. When we tune in to the level of the body, we often find old pain that has long been buried. As we process this pain we've been holding in our bodies, new choices emerge, and greater health is possible.

— Paley Burlin, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

I am trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE), a somatic trauma treatment modality. SE teaches us that trauma is anything that overwhelms the capacity of the nervous system. Once our nervous system has been overwhelmed, it becomes dysregulated, leaving us swinging between states of anxiety and depression. Through SE, I support you in processing traumas in a gentle way, so that your body and nervous system can safely discharge the stored trauma energy. You will leave feeling more calm and present.

— Danielle Weiss, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Most of the trauma-resolution modalities I work in are body based, and supporting my clients to return to their bodies as a safe place and secure base are integral in my work. I love supporting my clients to increase their capacity to track their bodily awareness and integrate this information into their more global self-awareness.

— Maria Turner-Carney, Clinical Social Worker in TACOMA, WA

For many people, simply talking about an issue doesn't get at the core of the feeling, experience or emotion. We all feel emotions in our bodies in different ways - perhaps you clench your fists or tighten your stomach muscles or get headaches - these are clues that I welcome as part of therapy. In my work using movement to explore where an issue resides the body, I have seen profound healing occur when the body's experiences are acknowledged and explored.

— Lee Padden, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Temecula, CA

Somatic therapy is body-centered therapy and helps to understand the connection between stress, emotions, mental wellbeing, and physical processes. Physical pain and illness can manifest as a result of chronic stress and trauma and healing needs to encompass the entire system. We can learn to listen to our bodies, to our feelings and sensations and use movement to process energies and regain a connection to ourself.

— Jessica Eden, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arvada, CO

Prior to my career as a counselor, I practiced as a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Florida for 7 years. With that background

— JD Wright, Psychologist in Gainesville, FL

I often use mind-body exercises when helping people cope with stress, anxiety, depression and life changes. Since the mind and the body and interconnected, I often find that blending talking with body-based work often leads to more effective and long lasting relief. Also, as a certified yoga teacher of 20 years, I draw from yoga postures, breath practices and relaxation techniques I have collected over the years. Body centered therapy is paced with your comfort level.

— Amanda Rebel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wheat Ridge, CO

We have multiple providers who work with Somatic Therapy techniques for body based healing and self-acceptance.

— Selah Counseling & Wellness, Counselor in Springfield, OR

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.

— Caitlin Truitt, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA

iRest Yoga Nidra Level One Teacher Certification with Richard Miller, Ph.D.‘s Integrative Restoration Institute (2017) Certified in Trauma-informed Yoga with Hala Khouri & Kyra Heglund, (both LCSW, SEP, ERYT) (2017)

— Aly Dearborn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Somatic Psychotherapy is a process that honors and incorporates the intelligence of both our bodies and minds. By examining the ways in which thoughts and feelings are related to physical sensations, we develop a more nuanced understanding of ourselves in relation to the world around us. If you're open to it, I'll guide you through simple movement exercises to help increase body awareness, and we'll talk together about how what you feel in your body relates to what is going on in your life.

— Rachel Fernbach, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

I am training in Somatic Experiencing.

— Aydrelle Collins, Counselor in Dallas, TX

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

— Sarah Kendrick, Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR

Somatic therapy is the healing part of therapy. It uses the body's natural drive to process through traumatic and painful experiences.

— Lindsay Perry, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bellaire, TX

Somatic psychotherapy begins with the premise that our bodies are always communicating. In a society telling us to "be logical" and "use our heads," it is no wonder rooted in principles reflecting a mind-body split, rife with body-shame and

— Ashley Gregory, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

For the past three years, I have been studying Somatic Experiencing® (SE™), which is a body-oriented trauma healing model that focuses on resolving trauma in the body and regulating the nervous system. I am currently completing my final year of training and have both experienced and witnessed the tremendous impact of this approach with anxiety and trauma. You can read more about this approach here:

— Negin Naraghi, Associate Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Your body is your window the world and the center of your experiences. Talking and thinking are often not enough - we have to move into the physical body and how we are experiencing each moment in order to better understand why we do what we do and how to affect change. I use EMDR and IFS along with mindfulness to help you understand how you're feeling, where you're feeling it, and what makes you feel different.

— Summer Forlenza, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

I am in my second year of training at the SOMATIC EXPERIENCING® TRAUMA INSTITUTE. This is a psychobiological approach that focuses on regulating and balancing the nervous system and the whole person. Yes, I will ask you, “What do you feel in your body?” but this approach is much, much more sophisticated than that! While this is a “trauma” modality, it can also be useful for anyone who wants to work on their overall mental well being.

— Suzanne Cooper, Licensed Professional Counselor in Littleton, CO