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Somatic Therapists
(aka Somatic Experiencing Therapists)

Somatic Therapist

What is Somatic-Based Therapy?
Somatic-based therapy, also referred to as Somatic Experiencing, is a holistic approach to mental health that emphasizes the connection between the mind and body. This therapeutic technique believes that trauma and stress are not just mentally but also physically stored in our bodies. Through somatic therapy, individuals can address these physical sensations and emotions to promote healing and well-being.

Why Seek Somatic-Based Therapy?
You may find somatic therapy beneficial if you:

  • Have experienced trauma or chronic stress.

  • Feel disconnected from your emotions or body.

  • Struggle with mental health issues like anxiety or depression.

  • Seek a holistic approach to healing beyond traditional talk therapy.

 

Strategies in Somatic-Based Therapy
Somatic therapy integrates various techniques, focusing on body awareness and sensation. Some common strategies include:

  • Mindfulness: Focusing on the present moment and bodily sensations.  A way to tune more inward as so much of our day is spent tuning into outward stimuli.

  • Breathing Exercises: Techniques to regulate and become aware of your breathing patterns. Breathing helps us regulate our nervous system. As simple as breathing may seem, we often do not use it to our advantage, especially when going through stress.

  • Movement Therapy: Gentle movements to release tension and improve body awareness.

  • Guided Visualization: Imagery exercises to connect with the body and emotions.

  • Body Awareness: Learning to identify and respond to physical cues and sensations.

 

What to Expect from Your Therapist
Your therapist will:

  • Provide a safe, supportive environment.

  • Guide you through exercises to connect with your body.

  • Help you interpret physical sensations and emotions.

  • Work at a pace comfortable for you, respecting your boundaries.

  • Collaborate with you to tailor the therapy to your unique needs.

 

How Somatic-Based Therapy Can Help

  • Enhances Self-Awareness: Helps you understand how your body holds and expresses emotions.

  • Reduces Stress and Anxiety: By focusing on bodily sensations, you learn to regulate emotions.

  • Improves Physical Health: Reduces tension and can alleviate physical pain associated with emotional distress.

  • Heals Trauma: Provides tools to safely explore and release trauma stored in the body.

  • Promotes Emotional Regulation: You gain skills to manage and express emotions healthily.

 

Somatic-based therapy is a powerful approach for those seeking a comprehensive path to healing that encompasses both mind and body. It offers tools to not only understand but also heal from emotional and psychological challenges, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.

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