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 love to work with yoga and body movement to help clients heal from anxiety and trauma.

— Margaret (Peggy) Farrell, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Mateo, CA

Our bodies hold important information, when we're able to listen. I've done trainings with Peter Levine and Bessel van der Kolk , and integrate their valuable lessons into my therapeutic work. We will get "centered" at the beginning of every session, slowing down and noticing the important experiences that we have in our core, in that "place without words." By listening closely to our emotions, paired with our thoughts, we find greater clarity and the energy we need for change and growth.

— Joseph Hovey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY
 

Connecting the mind, body and spirit is essential in the healing and growth process. I utilize many somatic approaches in order to support better integration of the change we are trying to create. This can look very different and is individualized for the person and situation. This could include art, movement, mindfulness, inner child work, visualizations, embodied practices, or simply attuning to your body.

— Erika Nelson (Accepting New Clients), Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

I believe that women are most empowered when they have access to the wisdom of their bodies. When are one is able to connect to their body through their emotions and sensations, they are better able to express the needs, desires, and boundaries that exist as a part of healthy sexuality. I use body oriented approaches, such as mindfulness and Sensate Focus, as tools to help clients reconnect to their bodies and authentically engage in their sexual experiences.

— Jessica Byrd, Counselor in Tempe, AZ
 

“This is your body, your greatest gift, pregnant with wisdom you do not hear, grief you thought was forgotten, and joy you have never known.” -Marion Woodman. Neuroscientific research shows there is no separation between body and mind. We feel symptoms of anxiety, depression, or trauma in the body: racing heart, churning stomach, fatigue, aches and pains. I use gentle, safe, somatic methods to help clients process experiences and learn simple, effective somatic skills to reduce symptoms.

— Michelle Sargent, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in VALLEY VILLAGE, CA

The field of psychotherapy and neuroscience has grown rapidly in the past decade with major advancements in the treatment of trauma. I utilize Somatic Therapy, which uses the body as a source of information to locate and work through traumatic material. Research in neuroscience tells us the charge from traumatic events becomes stored in our bodies as pain and patterning in how we relate to discomfort. This information along with the meaning we have stored about such events creates a belief

— Katie Markley, Licensed Professional Counselor
 

I provide Brainspotting therapy and am in process of becoming a certified Brainspotting practitioner.

— Margaret King, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

iRest Yoga Nidra Level One Teacher Certification with Richard Miller, Ph.D.‘s Integrative Restoration Institute (2017) Certified in Trauma-informed Yoga with Hala Khouri & Kyra Heglund, (both LCSW, SEP, ERYT) (2017)

— Aly Dearborn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA
 

Through art, breath and energy work we work with the body to help clients feel more grounded, present and calm.

— Celine Redfield, Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

Somatic Therapy is focuses on body sensations and gentle movement to increase the flow of energy in your body. This is important because we store our emotions, memories and experiences in the tissues in our body so without addressing our trauma and pain from a somatic place it's easy to feel "stuck". Somatic Therapy brings self-awareness of your physical body and emotional states so you understand

— Elizabeth Sumpf, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
 

I am a certified teacher of The Realization Process, an embodied path to spiritual awakening, personal growth, and healing created by Judith Blackstone.

— Andrew Conner, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Portland, OR

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 each of us. 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
 

I am training in Somatic Experiencing.

— Aydrelle Collins, Counselor in Dallas, TX

I often use mind-body exercises when helping people cope with stress, anxiety, depression and life changes. Since the mind and the body and interconnected, I often find that blending talking with body-based work often leads to more effective and long lasting relief. Also, as a certified yoga teacher of 20 years, I draw from yoga postures, breath practices and relaxation techniques I have collected over the years. Body centered therapy is paced with your comfort level.

— Amanda Rebel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wheat Ridge, CO
 

I believe that a lot of mental health issues stem from a disconnection between the body and the brain. Our bodies always hold on to things that have happened to us in a different way than our brains do. In many cases, we are trained not to listen to our "gut" instincts. I work to reconnect the brain to the body and teach clients to get more in tune with what their body is trying to tell them and lean in to that instead of trying to distract the emotions away.

— Brittney Waterhouse, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

The theory behind somatic therapy is that the mind, body, spirit, and emotions are all related and connected to each other. As a result, the stress of past emotional and traumatic events affects the central nervous system and can cause changes in the body and even in body language, often resulting in altered facial expressions and posture as well as physical pain. Somatic therapy helps you to release... the emotions that remain in your body from these past negative experiences. -Psychology Today

— Jules Allison, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR
 

Identify, process, and release stuck emotions to create a soothing environment in your body

— Devin Xayasomloth, Psychotherapist in Charlotte, NC

Body Psychotherapy and Movement Therapy go beyond traditional “talk therapy” as these specialized approaches offer mindful consideration to the crucial role of the body structure and process of the psyche. During a session, I pay close attention to sensation and body states, which allow unconscious material to authentically manifest and possibly be worked with using breath, spatial awareness, consented therapeutic touch, movement, sensation, and imagery.

— Lina Návar, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX