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 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

I have a master's degree in somatic counseling psychology from Naropa University. Aware of the strong body/mind interconnection, I bring the body into sessions by encouraging clients to feel their emotions, notice their sensations, and connect with their inner knowing.

— Aviva Bannerman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO
 

Body-Oriented or Somatic Psychotherapy utilizes the experience of your physical body to help you access memories, emotions, and beliefs that you cannot access through thoughts or talk therapy alone. Somatic therapy can help you become more aware of your unconscious material, core beliefs, insights and needs. This approach also helps people suffering from trauma to regain a sense of inner safety so that they can re-enter and re-inhabit their bodies more fully.

— Jessica Youseffi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I integrate somatic practices into sessions, participate in trainings and workshops regularly and continue to strengthen this modality by participating in a year long training.

— Harjindar Lally, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA
 

I help clients to reconnect with their bodies in order to recognize, understand and tolerate emotions and find their unique triggers. We will work on what feels right for you, at the pace that is comfortable for you and occasionally include animal-assisted therapy.

— Tara Farley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gladstone, OR

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
 

I am certified in both Gestalt Therapy and Somatic Therapy. I believe that our body, mind, emotions and spirit are interconnected and that healing can occur when all are addressed.

— Alix Amar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lilburn, GA
 

I use somatic awareness and yoga therapy.

— Stephanee Howell, Nurse in Virginia Beach, VA

I use Somatic Experiencing (SE). Somatic experiencing is a form of alternative therapy aimed at relieving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on the client's perceived body sensations. It works.

— John Kuykendall, Counselor in Kansas City, MO
 

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

I incorporate somatic therapy into my work where it feels appropriate. My background in yoga and the subtle body help bring a unique lens to the way I practice somatic therapy. I study Somatic Experiencing and am influenced by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Hakomi.

— Allison Zamani, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in San Francisco, CA
 

I graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies with a MA in Somatic (mind-body) psychology. I draw from over 4 years of training in Formative Psychology, which helps us to sense and shift how we are forming our embodied experience, well as generative somatics, which allows us to put into practice new ways of engaging in interpersonal dynamics.

— Jacquelyn Richards, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

I’ve had additional training on somatic interventions for trauma and Yoga interventions for mental health.

— Cassandra Quick, Licensed Professional Counselor in Madison, WI
 

The body, mind and heart connection is essential to our emotional, physical and spiritual and psychological wellbeing. Our body mind and heart hold the history of all of our experiences. In this approach, you will learn to cultivate the skills of attunement, deep listening, and learning to respond to what's arising in the present moment in ways that are healing and foster growth.

— Cindy Ricardo, Counselor in Coral Springs, FL

Somatic Therapy is the closest name to the meditative energy healing I guide for my clients. Somatic therapy is about feeling your body sensations and processing what it means for full healing. The meditation healing model I use is a somatic therapy but it adds more, for example, we move your body energy to access your natural soul healing substance. This process is easy and gentle on the client, but powerful in that you can sometimes go from pain to no pain in a few minutes.

— Bethany Latimer, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

I have a concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies as well as 20+ years in embodiment studies. I am a former professional dancer, yoga instructor and massage therapist and help clients safely explore the precious and sacred mind/body connection. I incorporate breath work, elements of Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, and EMDR when appropriate.

— Ali Psiuk, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

The mind and the body are intricately connected; with the body holding its own memory. Somatic work can aid in a holistic focus where the two worlds can work together to facilitate healing.

— Brittney George, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lynchburg, VA
 

Have you experienced anxiety, weight gain, chronic pain, or sexual dysfunction? What about physical, sexual, or emotional abuse? Maybe several of these? With a holistic approach, I help people resolve these issues without medications. Sound too good to be true? How are the medications working? Have they healed your issues? If they haven’t, then you're ready for Somatic Therapy, and I can help. Remember, medications don’t heal. Somatic Therapy heals.

— Rice Pierce, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Phoenix, AZ

I have a master's degree in somatic counseling psychology from Naropa University. Aware of the strong body/mind interconnection, I bring the body into sessions by encouraging clients to feel their emotions, notice their sensations, and connect with their inner knowing.

— Aviva Bannerman, Licensed Professional Counselor 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," our senses are dulled by demanding a mind-body split.

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

I use body-centered somatic-based processing with many of clients and have been trained in this approach by Katie Asmus, LPC, BMP at the Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institue through a 30-hour training and mentorship group, completed in 2020.

— Ayla Ault, Mental Health Practitioner

Somatic therapy is oriented in the body and felt experience. Somatic work helps us understand how emotions and experiences are translated in the body. Somatically-oriented techniques can help strengthen the mind-body connection and bring awareness to our body’s reactions to emotion.

— Sage Grazer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA
 

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— Neil Schierholz, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

Somatic psychotherapy begins with the premise that our bodies are always communicating. In a society telling us to "be logical" and "use our heads," our senses are dulled by demanding a mind-body split. In my somatic approach, I invite you to gently ease back in to connection with your embodied self. By drawing upon what gives you energy and joy, I support you in bringing your awareness to your felt senses. With curiosity, we invite sensation and inner perception to guide your healing.

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

I am a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies' Somatic Psychology program and I incorporate a number of Somatic modalities in my therapeutic work.

— David Javate, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in South San Francisco, CA

I have completed the three year, 216-hour, training in Somatic Experiencing.

— Nancy Gardner, Therapist in Chicago, IL
 

My somatic training supports me in facilitating connection between your thoughts, feelings, and internal emotional experience. Science shows us that your mind goes beyond the confines of your brain - it is your entire nervous system. Every emotion that you feel begins with a signal somewhere inside of your body. Connecting with these signals can open new pathways in your mind that lead to freedom, healing, and peace.

— Sarah Bower Ho, MA, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR