Somatic Therapy

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a somatic therapy approach to trauma resolution

Embody more Ease, Clarity, and Confidence.

Somatic therapy supports the discovery and strengthening of internal resources. Therefore, we increase our capacity to be gently present with accumulative stress patterns. This allows us to heal from past traumas, one gradual 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. I check in often to be sure we are on the right track. Similarly, I may offer reflection or suggestions to include awareness of your body’s wisdom.

Somatic therapy supports: anxiety, relationship challenges, difficulty setting boundaries, the fear of self-expression, men’s issues, self-esteem and financial issues, chronic anger, grief, depression and panic attacks.

The psycho-biological roots of somatic therapy can also help alleviate symptoms of traumatic stress and PTSD, such as; difficulty recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, anxiety-based sleep disorders, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These examples of dysregulated physiology, often occurring as a result of developmental trauma.

To resolve more than just the ‘why‘ in therapy we 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. Such as, physical/sexual assault, car accidents, falls, or surgery. Combining SE with Psychotherapy addresses relational, attachment-oriented issues that have been affected by childhood physical or emotional abuse or neglect. Noteworthy, adversity can also occur from growing up with alcoholic parents, addiction, domestic violence, bereavement, or divorce.

These difficult life experiences are encoded in the body. Thereby, shaping worldview, self-perception, and beliefs. The result is that we feel less safe. We feel less like we belong, out of balance, stuck. Unlearning deep nervous system patterns requires experiencing those patterns in a safe enough way to imbue a new way of relating to the experience. Therefore, Somatic therapy is effective in creating an ever-increasing sense of settling around those restrictive patterns.

Body Awareness: A Core Somatic Intervention in Therapy

Body Tracking

Being mindful of the body’s wisdom requires tracking the inner landscape. We may notice whole emotional shifts to more subtle 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.

   
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