Somatic Therapy

Somatic Therapy

Prior to an altered state experience, we’ll work together to help you feel prepared and at ease about the journey. It is often helpful to enter these experiences with a set of intentions or goals. Together, we’ll identify what these are, process any questions or doubts you may have, and discuss what steps you will take after the experience to make the most of it.

You are likely to emerge from your experience with new wisdom and understanding, as well as new questions and areas for growth. First and foremost, we can offer you a space to download and discuss these things in a safe and nonjudgmental space. Then, we can support you in processing any difficult or upsetting insights that may have arisen, dig into the meaning and application of your unique experiences, and find ways to carry your new wisdom and awakening into the future.

Integrating Somatic Therapy

Also known as somatic experiencing and somatic experiencing therapy, somatic therapy incorporates the mind, body, and spirit into therapeutic healing work. Somatic therapy aims to treat the effects of PTSD and other mental and emotional health issues through the connection of mind and body and uses a body-centric approach.

Unlike standard mental health therapy types like CBT which focus prominently on the mind, somatic therapy incorporates body-oriented modalities such as dance, breathwork, and meditation to support patients through their healing journeys. In addition, somatic experiencing therapy sessions include talk therapy and mind-body exercises.

This therapy aims to help release how a physical body holds on to stress, tension, and trauma, rather than only resolving problems verbally.

Types of Somatic Therapy*

*Some of the services listed are provided by our team, and for some, we refer to outside specialists

  • Sensorimotor psychotherapy: A comprehensive therapy that uses the body as both a source of information and intervention targets.
  • The Hakomi Method: Psychotherapy integrates scientific, psychological, and spiritual sources, focusing on four core concepts: gentleness, nonviolence, compassion, and mindfulness.
  • Bioenergetic analysis: Body-psychotherapy that combines bodily, analytic, and relational work based on understanding energy.
  • Biodynamic psychotherapy: A combination of allopathic (medical) and holistic therapy modalities that include physical massage by the practitioner
  • Brainspotting: In addition to mind and bodywork, this therapy incorporates eye positioning to retrain emotional reactions.