Somatic therapy offers specific techniques for working with the body, energy, emotions and resolving trauma.
Somatic (or Body-Centered) Therapies are similar to Whole Life Therapy in that it considers the whole person and what the body is expressing. Techniques might include mindfulness, focusing, breathwork, voice, large or small movements, play acting and expression.
I have studied both Core Energetics therapy and Somatic Experiencing, as well as healing and a number of other modalities. I bring this to bear on how I work with clients in my unique way. I offer a description of these two methods below:
Core Energetics is a therapeutic method that works with the idea that human beings have an energy system as well as a body and that this energy system and body are intimately linked to a person’s emotions, thoughts and spirituality. It teaches practitioners ways to observe this energy system and how blockages in energy manifest in the body. In Core Energetics theory the body is seen as a repository of our history and psychic life and can be observed or “read” in order to understand and work with clients core life issues. It teaches methods to free up bound energy, or contain leaking energy in a therapeutic context, so that an individual can live with more vitality, joy and empowerment.
Somatic Experiencing is a set of techniques which support regulation of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system underlies every aspect of our physical, emotional, and psychological functioning. This method works primarily through mindfulness practices, sensory awareness, imagery, movement and touch. SE can be useful for trauma resolution, mood regulation, the reworking of addictive patterns, and the prevention of PTSD.
For more general information on Somatic or Body-Centered Psychotherapy, visit United States Association of Body Psychotherapy.