Ancient Greek meaning:
Somatic therapy refers to the mind-body connection.
Rather than focus on the "story" of something that has impacted you, attention is given to what is happening in your body right now.
Stress and trauma can create lasting changes to your nervous system.
You might experience tension, aches and pains, lack of energy, digestion issues, inflammation or other physical symptoms that can be linked to mental and emotional challenges.
There are different types of Somatic Therapy:
What all of these therapies have in common is they allow your body to guide how you need to heal. That might sound strange at first, but we usually turn to counselling when we do not 'feel' good, and those are the clues you want to follow.
I am trained in Somatic Experiencing but encourage you to explore whichever process calls to you. Here is another link for more general information:
Somatic Experiencing was founded over 40 years ago by Dr. Peter A. Levine. Dr. Levine holds a PhD in medical biophysics from the University of California in Berkeley and a doctorate in psychology from International University. He was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award in 2010 from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).