What Is It?
Somatic psychotherapy is rooted in the mind-body connection. The deepest healing happens when we enlist the help of our mind and body. Somatic psychotherapy is a holistic approach that incorporates one's mind, body, emotions, and spirit into the therapeutic process. Somatic psychotherapy differs from traditional talk therapies by including awareness of one’s physiology as well as emotions and thoughts as they happen in session. It moves beyond conversation to include mindfulness of the present moment experience and at times physical movement to create change. Somatic psychotherapy can help deepen your connection to self and others, decrease stress, rewire fear-based patterns in the brain and body, balance the nervous system, improve your ability to regulate emotions and physical distress, and teach you tools to feel more empowered in your life.
How Does It Work?
Backed by current neuroscience, somatic psychotherapy uses mindfulness, development of inner resources, and the innate wisdom of the body to heal itself. Just like physical wounds, our emotional wounds and trauma need light, air, and time to heal. By including the body into therapy, we have greater access to your inner “knowing” to help guide your healing process toward the goals you want to manifest.
Practically speaking, therapy sessions look like noticing and studying together what happens in your body as you talk about something that is upsetting you. As we build awareness of the life patterns that show up in different circumstance(s), we begin to build a roadmap of your existence, i.e. how you engage with the world and others. By bringing mindfulness to previously held subconscious patterns, we create choice. With a mindful roadmap of your existence, we can then explore what patterns support what you want in life and what patterns no longer serves you. Then, you get to choose. Then we embark on the journey to create new, integrated patterns that align with who you are and what you want in life. Sounds neat, right?
Along the way, we develop somatic (body-based) tools and meditation to help you manage the stressors in your life, including breathing techniques, physical exercise, mindful movement, boundary exercises, centering, and grounding skills.
What is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy?
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered approach to psychotherapy that combines somatic therapies, current neuroscience, attachment theory, cognitive therapy, and practical skills from the Hakomi method. It centers around the mindful exploration of your present moment experience (emotions, beliefs, body sensations, movements) to build awareness of your habitual patterns, which creates the possibility for choice over how we relate to ourself, others, and the world.
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