Somatic Therapy

Somatic Therapy

Soma is the Greek word for body. Somatic therapy addresses what is happening in the body from a holistic perspective. Everything that you experience happens in your body and nervous system, which then affects your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behavior. Many therapies focus
on changing thought patterns, somatic based therapy goes underneath conscious thoughts to where things are stored in the unconscious part of our experience. 

Types of Somatic Therapy

There are many things that currently fall under the term somatic therapy. In this practice we incorporate tracking and treating what is happening physically, mentally and emotionally in every session. There are specific methods of treatment that include EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. These methods are used to treat the underlying and unconscious patterns in the body in the nervous system where emotional distress and symptoms are stuck and often looping in a repetitive cycle.

Changes at the somatic level can shift habitual emotional and thought patterns, behaviors and responses to stress.

Somatic therapy provides tools for resetting your nervous system. Most important, you can learn from your emotions and how they are trying to help you. Rather than being reactive, you will respond more skillfully. As a result, you will be able to slow down and respond, rather than impulsively react. Somatic therapy can even shift how you relate to past events. Positive elements of experiences will resurface, while unpleasant aspects shift into the background. You will gain new insights about yourself and make new connections.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-oriented integration technique for releasing past trauma. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy helps you move through unprocessed trauma that has been holding you back and leading to fight/flight or freeze responses when stressed. This form of treatment considers the ways our bodies are processing information on the level of the nervous system and helps you build more resources and sense of safety inside yourself and in your day-to-day life.

Sensorimotor helps to harness the healing power and intelligence of your nervous system that leads to lasting change. We keep the whole person in mind and consider mind body and spirit in context and relationship, rather than work with these elements in isolation.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Somatic therapy means that we are incorporating the body. We are tracking and exploring how the body reacts. We might notice a breath and pause to notice how that feels, or a natural gesture and repeat the gesture if it feels good. A somatic therapist will take time to look at patterns in thoughts and relationships, alongside how the feelings are connected to your body. In somatic therapy the goal is to help you understand how your sensations and feelings impact you, and to find ways to work with them and re-pattern them when necessary.
If you have experienced past trauma or current stress it is a good time to seek somatic therapy. If you have tried talk therapy and find that things are not shifting in the way that you would like them to, then it’s a perfect time to try somatic therapy.
Somatic therapy combines traditional talk therapy with grounding and mindfulness techniques designed to help us get out of our minds and connected to our bodies. During a session, the therapist will help a person focus on their concerns and pay attention to any physical experiences that happen once these concerns are brought to the surface. At this point, different techniques such as deep breathing, relaxation exercises, mindfulness or other modalities may be used to help relieve any symptoms felt in the moment.

Trauma therapy rates are the same as rates for other therapy. Your insurance may be able to

cover your therapy. Schedule a consultation.

The short answer is that it depends on what your needs and goals are. Our goal is to help you heal as soon as possible. How long you will need therapy depends on your personal goals for treatment. If you have a symptom that you want to improve it may be a short treatment, say one to three months. If you have trauma that is more complex it can take much longer and your quality of life has been impacted for years. Our work will be tailored to your needs at a pace that feels comfortable and safe for you. We will work with you to design a plan that helps you meet your goals in a time frame that will work for you.
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