Somatic Psychotherapy

What is Somatic Psychotherapy?

This integration of body and talk therapy is an experiential modality that welcomes all of you.
This modality can include techniques such as:
*Mindfulness
*Sensation tracking
*Nervous system attunement
*Holistic (Mind Body Spirit) Integration and Wellness
*Energetic tracking and support

“Somatic therapy is a type of therapy that can relieve the effects of anxiety, stress or trauma on the body. When something threatens us we have three innate responses, flight, fight or freeze. When we are unable to run or fight, we may go into a frozen state where we dissociate in an effort to protect ourselves. We literally “turn off” a part of our brain that decides, “this is too much.”
While this coping mechanism might have worked well as a child, it doesn’t work in adulthood. As the first step, learning how to calm the body will help calm the mind. Then we can think clearly.
Sometimes anxiety is about what is going on at the moment and other times it is about dealing with the past. The problem when we do not deal with what has disturbed in the past is that we may experience mysterious or painful symptoms in our bodies, or we don’t experience anything. We need to get back to a feeling state and address the disturbance. This can happen gently and without flooding with proper techniques.”

Polyvagal-informed practice

“to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and create ways of working that honor the role of the autonomic nervous system as we move through states of protection and connection in an ongoing quest for safety.”

Resources:

Touching Trauma by Kathy Kain, M.A.

http://www.somaticpractice.net/trainings/touch_skills/resources/articles/Kain-2010-Touching_Trauma.pdf

Addressing touch in Psychotherapy. An important conversation. A blog post by 

https://neuroaffectivetouch.com/natouch-blog/is-there-a-touch-taboo-in-psychotherapy/?fbclid=IwAR2nIOvyW34aNk9c7p60XZs-YvEJJ-WKqi_UvoBsWYMLqBr64Z11ACpIcHk

A beginner’s guide to Polyvagal Theory by Deb Dana 2018

(http://www.debdanalcsw.com/)

http://www.debdanalcsw.com/resources/BG%20for%20ROR%20II.pdf