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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Somatic Experiencing offers a way of working with the nervous system to create more space for ease and authenticity in your life. Different life events can cause disruptions (e.g., people who cross our boundaries, abuse, car accidents, surgery), and our systems can get stuck in automatic responses that no longer serve us. These automatic responses may be experienced as fear, shame, guilt, or anger, among other difficult emotions. Alternatively, we may experience numbness or an absence of feeling. Somatic Experiencing is considered "body centered" because attention is directed toward one's felt sense. Whether we are aware of it or not, or brains get so much information from our bodies. Instead of trying to override what our bodies are telling us, Somatic Experiencing aims for greater integration of body and mind.

— Sarah McIntyre, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

SE is body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders developed by Dr. Peter Levine. It offers a framework to assess where you are “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states by focusing on body sensations and releasing stuck energy while building upon and strengthening your resiliency.

— Leanne Lemire, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Carefree, AZ

I draw on a process that allows you to identify and connect with your body where you feel bound, stuck, or any sensation that feels out of place. There is a language of accepting this experience and encouraging it to move through and integrate into your overall body mind wisdom.

— Carolyn Memmott, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in West Jordan, UT

Trauma stores in the body or what I also call the subconscious mind. Developing an intentional relationship with the body can enrich all levels of life and enhance wellbeing. TRE® is the main framework I use and add biodynamic breathwork, vocal toning, and movement as appropriate grounding, centering and integration.

— Andrea Rábago, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

All our experiences in life are held in our bodies, even when we don't remember (or when we do remember). Somatic work is related to body and becoming in touch and aware of our body is how we can release some of the held memories. I am trained in Somatic Experiencing® as a practitioner. SE is a gentle, non-invasive way of accessing and releasing body memories and therefore finding liberation from past traumas.

— Ginger Bahardar, Marriage & Family Therapist in Bonsall, CA

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.

— Silvia Gozzini, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in PORTLAND, OR

Jodi's education in Contemplative Psychotherapy as well as her further training in body-centered Play Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy combines with her personal study of movement practices and expressive arts to create a perfect atmosphere for experiential therapy...beyond just talk.

— Jodi Alieksaites, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

I am currently completing my second year of training on my way toward becoming a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). Somatic Experiencing (SE) has been tremendously helpful for many of my clients and for me personally. SE is a method of working with your body's automatic responses (think sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of your autonomic nervous system; or fight, flight, and freeze), to help you experience greater embodiment, presence, and ease in your life.

— Sarah McIntyre, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

Do you ever feel that your thoughts and feelings aren't aligned? Our "mental" well-being isn't just about our brain; emotions don't just reside in our brain; it is also stored in our body. It is why when we feel stressed, our shoulder and neck might feel tense, when we feel sad, our chest might hurt, and we are worried, we feel butterflies in our stomach. Psychotherapy is most effective when we address the feelings and thoughts that are stored together in our brain and our body.

— Wendy Yeh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Palo Alto, CA

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.

— Caitlin Keitel, Therapist in Portland, OR

I draw on a process that allows you to identify and connect with your body where you feel bound, stuck, or any sensation that feels out of place. There is a language of accepting this experience and encouraging it to move through and integrate into your overall body mind wisdom.

— Carolyn Memmott, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in West Jordan, UT

Trauma and stress and unresolved emotions store in the body so it's important for everyone to have a practical understanding and powerful tools to condition themselves to feel vibrationally safe experiences and allow that life force we call energy to flow. The framework I share is TRE® (trauma and tension releasing exercise and incorporate vocal toning, breathwork, and movement as appropriate.

— Andrea Rábago, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

I am a Somatic Therapist, and that means that I work with the felt sense in the room with my clients. Areas of focus are often related to pre-verbal trauma, or trauma that gets stuck and stored in the body. Because I work to help my clients to release trauma stored in the body, Somatic Therapy is often brief compared to traditional talk therapy. My modalities Somatic modalities of choice are: Brainspotting, Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness, and a variety of Somatic modalities.

— Nancy Georges, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

My background is in yoga therapy and I use the wisdom of your body to help guide you into your own insights and understandings. This can effectively be done through online work and often leaves the client feeling more empowered and connected with their own body. Your body speaks to you - my job is to help you learn how to understand and listen to it.

— Jennifer Munyer, Counselor

I draw on a process that allows you to identify and connect with your body where you feel bound, stuck, or any sensation that feels out of place. There is a language of accepting this experience and encouraging it to move through and integrate into your overall body mind wisdom.

— Carolyn Memmott, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in West Jordan, UT

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

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— Neil Schierholz, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

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.

— Katherine Friedman, Counselor in Portland, OR

I have a post graduate certification in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy from the Center for Somatic Studies in New York City, NY.

— Kelly Kampf, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Doylestown, PA

I am currently in my Advanced year of Somatic Experience training.

— Crystal Nesfied, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

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

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 Berkeley, CA

I will be completing advanced training in somatic therapy in 2020.

— Molly Roth, Counselor in Cedar Park, TX

I use a somatic, mind/body/spirit approach with clients, and I wholeheartedly believe that an integration between the wisdom contained in our bodies and the rational knowledge of our minds is necessary to move forward in our own personal growth. I assist clients in getting back in touch with their bodies and their emotions using gentle, client-directed exercises in session, allowing for a more full and embodied experience than talk therapy alone.

— Olga Naroditskaya, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Raleigh, NC

My healing style is somatic and some of my work with folks looks like helping folks to breathe, to listen deeply to their whole selves and to develop more fluency with their hearts and bodies. As a trauma-worker, I understand that many folks who are surviving interpersonal, developmental, historical and/or structural trauma & oppression can experience a lot of pain in their bodies. This work is always anchored in consent, safety first and going at the pace of your body.

— horizon greene, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Many of my clients state their body feels better coming to see me rather than their massage or physical therapist. When you change your point of view about a past event, it changes the chemical response & the feelings held in your body. It is quite common for clients to feel a lightness or that something is different after just one hypnosis session. It's like the weight of the world has been lifted off their shoulders.

— Michele Whittington, Hypnotherapist in Redmond, WA