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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Most of us have learned to ignore the body to keep up with demands of the outer world. We cut ourselves off from our wisdom, memories, feelings & intuition, driving ourselves so far from our nature that the body is forced to get our attention through dis-ease. We fear caving in to human fragility in an age prizing immortality & machines, yet great healing, love & unexpected fulfillment come when we have the humility & courage to listen to, follow & trust the body.

— Jen-Mitsuke Peters, Mental Health Counselor in Denver, CO

Body Psychotherapy is holistic; it takes the entire human being and his/her/their life experiences into account. It offers mindful consideration to the crucial role of the body in the structure and process of the psyche. During a session, I pay close attention to sensation and body states, which allow unconscious material to manifest and possibly be worked with using breath, spatial awareness, consented therapeutic touch, movement, sensation, and imagery.

— Lina Návar, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

We inhabit the world in bodies. Emotions are also called "feelings" because before we have language, we feel our feelings in our bodies as sensation. Tuning into our bodies can give us so much wisdom and insight.

— Zem Chance, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Eugene, OR

I incorporate body-focused techniques to help clients to be present with their experiences, clarify their emotional experience, and process through emotions that have been "trapped" in their bodies.

— Michael Johnson, Psychologist in Gilbert, AZ

Somatic counseling invites the experience of the body into the therapeutic process including breath, internal sensations, postures, gestures, and expressive movements. ​Developing our ability to notice and listen to these embodied experiences is the most direct path to increasing self-awareness of our emotions, patterns, identities, values, needs, and desires.

— Lauren Pass Erickson, Psychotherapist in Boulder, CO

Your body is your window the world and the center of your experiences. Talking and thinking are often not enough - we have to move into the physical body and how we are experiencing each moment in order to better understand why we do what we do and how to affect change. I use EMDR and IFS along with mindfulness to help you understand how you're feeling, where you're feeling it, and what makes you feel different.

— Summer Forlenza, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , 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 East Bay, CA

We live in a society that does not support embodiment- true connection with the wisdom of the body. As a result we may live disconnected from our bodies, especially when we have experienced trauma or stress. Numbing out, avoiding, overriding the signals of stress, anxiety, trauma reactions from the body, are common best attempts to cope. Somatic therapy offers a bridge between body and mind so that we can heal and release stuck trauma physiology, and return to wholeness.

— Kim Torrence, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rockville, MD

Somatic Therapy is the mind-body connection. The mind and body are working together to help each of us understand our experience. Sometimes it is through words, emotions or thoughts that we understand our experience and at other times it is through a bodily sensation or a mental image. I earned a Masters in Counseling with a specialization in Somatic Psychology from John F Kennedy University which included classes in Hakomi, Trauma, Mindfulness, Authentic Movement, and other modalities.

— Shohreh Schmuecker, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Lafayette, CA

I am trained to focus on the body, the breath, the voice, and non-verbal communication as primary signals for what's going on inside you. When we tune in to the level of the body, we often find old pain that has long been buried. As we process this pain we've been holding in our bodies, new choices emerge, and greater health is possible.

— Paley Burlin, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-200) through Yoga Alliance Completed Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga with the Center for Trauma and Embodiment Completed Yoga for Tweens and Teens training series with ChildLight Yoga Completed Yin Yoga Teacher Training at Wake Up Yoga with Corina Benner Completed Nikki Myers' Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Leadership Training Completed Nikki Myers' Breaking Barriers: Transforming the Samskara of Codependency workshop

— Mandi Houser-Puschel, Counselor in Haddon Heights, NJ

This is a orientation back to our body as a resource for processing emotions and for releasing emotions. I often bring awareness back to our body as our home, but if you feel uncomfortable in your body as a result of trauma or just plain old neglect and shame, we'll do this slowly with lots of gentleness.

— Michelle Desmond, Clinical Social Worker

I use Lifespan Integration to connect you deeply to the story of your life. This therapy is a healing, trauma-aware imaginative process that helps with emotional regulation, heals attachment wounds, grows the person's ability to see themselves and others with compassion.

— Angela Payne, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in SEATTLE, WA

Working in health psychology and with complicated/chronic health conditions has allowed Dr. Salomon to understand that the body is continuously communicating with us. Learning to listen to the body and understand and respond mindfully and with compassion is key. The body provides the information needed to reduce suffering. Learning how to differentiate body based feedback from thoughts is essential in the process of somatic work.

— Angela Salomon, Psychotherapist in Phoenix, AZ

I've been practicing somatic techniques since 2014 and have attended and assisted a 9-month Somatic Soul-Based Trauma Training over the last 2 years.

— Dan Halpern, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, CO

Somatic Psychology (body-mind psychotherapy, body-oriented psychotherapy, etc.) is a holistic form of therapy that respects and utilizes the powerful connection between body, mind, and spirit. How we are in this world, how we relate to ourselves and others, is not just purely about the mind or our thoughts, but is also deeply rooted in our bodies and our spirits. Unlike traditional talk therapy or cognitive therapy, Somatic Psychology tends to be more experiential and powerful.

— Chris Tickner, PhD, MFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Re-building a relationship with your body means we have to get in tune with our body! I utilize somatic-based concepts to encourage mind-body connection and healing from the emotional and physical effects of trauma.

— Rae Thomas, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

With specific training in Somatic Intervention (SI) I utilize the body to: * Heal trauma & other stress disorders * Move toward more safety & connection with yourself & others * Discharge tension in the body & associated memories that bring discomfort to distress * Sense & interrupt habitual patterns (ie anxiety, anger, stress or fear) & then to move forward in your life centered & more calm * Improve negative situations & change their course * Increase your sense of being understood * & More!

— Brian La Roy Jones, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Walnut Creek, CA