Somatic Psychotherapy Sessions

The body senses the whole situation, and it urges, it implicitly shapes our next action. It senses itself living – in its whole context – the situation.

~ Eugene Gendlin “A Process Model”

Somatic psychotherapy is a body-based approach for integrating responses or patterns that may be creating a sense of limitation in our lives. The particular models I draw on are Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Hakomi mindful somatic psychotherapy. Sessions are intended to offer an opportunity to explore a life issue, concern or symptom in a supportive, collaborative, and creative environment. The term “somatic” in this context refers to what a person knows and holds at a body level, and that has yet to take a fully conscious form. This can include preverbal experiences, sometimes referred to as the “Unthought Known“.

The structure of sessions includes conversation while being supported to gently bring awareness to your body as an important source of discovery for what is needed or wanted at this point in your life. The body’s cues, impulses, and sensations guide the way as your implicit knowing is offered a safe space to express itself.

The benefits of these explorations can include a freer and more grounded body-sense, enlivened curiosity, more resilient personal boundaries, a stronger sense of presence and openness.

I offer somatic psychotherapy in individual sessions and in small-group workshops. For more details please feel free to email me.

 A note about other sources

Other influences informing these sessions come from a number of sources including: “Focusing” as developed by Eugene Gendlin; models of trauma resolution pioneered by Peter Levine; models for self-regulation and neural integration from the work of Stephen Porges, and Daniel Siegel; understandings of pre and peri-natal dynamics developed by Allan Schore, William Emerson, and Ray Castellino respectively. Other important influences come from the potent somatic work of Emilie Conrad, Caryn McHose, and a list of movement teachers.