Somatic Therapy


a somatic therapy approach to trauma resolution

Embody more Ease, Clarity, and Confidence.

Somatic therapy supports the discovery and strengthening of internal resources. In doing so, we increase our capacity to be gently present with accumulative stress patterns, and 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, 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.

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, bipolar disorder, vertigo, anal fissures, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These symptoms of dysregulated physiology, often occurring as a result of developmental trauma, are ubiquitous in our culture and highly misunderstood.

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, as in; 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, 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 to imbue a new way of relating to the experience. Somatic therapy is effective in creating an ever-increasing sense of settling around those difficult restrictive patterns.

Body Awareness: A Core Somatic Intervention in Therapy

Body Tracking

Being mindful of the body’s wisdom requires tracking the inner landscape; from 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.

I encourage clients to follow, with an attitude of curiosity, these seemingly benign sensations, that are the beginning movements into their new, more easeful life.

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