Somatic Therapy


a somatic therapy approach to trauma resolution

Therapy for Ease, Clarity, and Confidence.

Somatic Experiencing therapy supports the discovery and strengthening of existing internal strengths. In doing so, it increases our capacity to be gently present with and resolve accumulative stress patterns from past traumas, one step at a time.

Somatic Experiencing and Psychotherapy

As a licensed Psychotherapist and Somatic Experiencing practitioner I relate genuinely rather than trying to analyze or diagnose. I move at your pace, checking in often to be sure we are on the right track, offering reflection and suggestions to include the experiential awareness of your body’s wisdom in the healing journey.

Areas of support include: anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, difficulty setting boundaries, men’s issues, addiction, self-esteem and financial issues, chronic anger, grief, depression and trauma.

The psycho-biological roots of Somatic Experiencing can also help alleviate symptoms of traumatic stress and PTSD, such as; chronic fatigue, difficulty recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, anxiety, poor digestion and many other symptoms.

Contact Joel: 510-229-9765 ~Berkeley Office

I believe for lasting change we need to resolve more than just the ‘why‘. We also need to attend to the felt-sense.

Somatic therapy addresses both body and mind flowing continuously in a single current.

Managing Stress effectively, requires that we resolve the internalized stress patterns from past difficult experience. Somatic Experiencing, originating from the work of Peter Levine, is a short-term therapy for addressing situational trauma, as in; physical/sexual assault, car accidents, falls, or surgery. Somatic therapy addresses relational, attachment-oriented issues that have been affected by past difficult relationships, as in childhood physical or emotional abuse or neglect, growing up with an alcoholic parent, addiction, domestic violence, bereavement, or divorce.

These difficult life experiences are encoded in the body, shaping worldview, self-perception, and beliefs. The result is that we feel less safe, less like we belong, out of balance, stuck. Unlearning deep nervous system patterns requires experiencing those patterns, in a safe enough way that it imbues new choices and a new way of relating to the experience.

Body Awareness: A Core Somatic Intervention in Therapy

Body Tracking

Being mindful to the body’s wisdom requires tracking the inner landscape; from whole emotional shifts to more subtle feelings, sensations, movement impulses, variations of temperature, tingling, pulsating, or trembling. Through this body-based mindfulness approach to somatic therapy, habitually stuck patterns of stress accumulation are able to be noticed and processed through to completion.

I encourage clients to follow, with an attitude of curiosity, these seemingly benign sensations, that are the beginning movements out of trauma-based somatic patterns.

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