About Somatic Therapy :
The process of Somatic therapy is an untangling of your current physiology and the past. I help you discover new things and possibilities for healing, wholeness, and resilience. I liken my therapist role to that of a guide or a midwife, offering choices relating to what you wish to explore next. There is no agenda or prescription, rather support for your system to organically heal and move toward resilience.
Somatic Therapy is a collaborative process between the therapist and the client. In this collaboration, there is a premise of relational repair and working with the nervous system’s capacity to heal and create new neural pathways. Somatic Experiencing and Somatic Practice therapies have at their core a lens of our nervous system state in the present time. How our system “responds” or reacts to given events may be in line with events. Through corrective experiences, relationship, and touch modalities, there are new options available for healing, renewal, and recovery.
The goal of therapy is to help you feel better. Your understanding of your nervous system response is part of the process. Your current situation is the starting place for the journey. Often we begin with an exploration what is working and not working in your day to day life and what you are noticing in your body, thoughts, and feelings.
You may be able to point to a specific event, or you may have a diffuse anxiety that has been with you for many years. There may be uncertainty about exactly what is wrong and a desire to feel better. In our sessions together, we explore how the body responds to real-time events, memories, themes, or even a particular event.
The past and present are connected, and the body has a somatic record of all that has happened to it. We each have our own map to explore. When we work through the lens of the nervous system, we can work in the present moment to help with unraveling patterns from the past. What is buried or unseen, or unspoken can inherently come forward with support.
The events in the past may have a bearing on your current expression of who you are. Your life history and attachment patterns are relevant and although you may feel stuck, there is a way through. Even if those historical patterns have been there for years or decades they can be unraveled. The good news is that our brains can shift from those old patterns to greater ease, flexibility, and nervous system capacity.
You may have come to experience your body as something “not to be trusted” or even ignored. As your body has deep wisdom, it can be strange and unfamiliar to begin the process of noticing and listening to it in a new way. As a Somatic Relational Counsellor, I will guide you on the path and invite you to notice patterns in your words, actions, and thoughts with curiosity.
If there is constriction or pain in your body, we will begin the process of finding a way to help that flow and unwind. With support, you will learn about these unconscious holding patterns and ways to explore them. Through the lens of attachment theory, the nervous system, and your history we bring awareness and attention to what your body moves toward and away from. As you move through the process our capacity grows and we can begin the process of creating a more sustainable way of being in the world.
In each session, we explore ways that you can best support yourself between sessions. I hope to instill a sense of hope and empowerment through education and practical “take home” practices as you embark on the Somatic Therapy journey.
- Somatic Experiencing – Peter Levine
- Somatic Practice or Table work – Kathy Kain and Steve Terrell
- Boundaries and containment
- The Resilience Toolkit
If you would like to learn more about the specific therapy approaches that I utilize, please contact me to set up a consult to see if we might be a good fit on the journey toward healing.
Somatic Experiencing (SE):
The Somatic Experiencing® method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
The Resilience Toolkit:
The Resilience Toolkit – The 3 part class consists of a suite of movement and mindfulness tools that help you develop an embodied understanding of your stress and relaxation cycle. With this knowledge, you can effectively choose from The Toolkit menu of selected practices that quiet stress activation. These simple and quick practices build internal awareness and focus attention on positive aspects of your experience to settle your nervous system. One of the tools in The Toolkit is the therapeutic tremor, which modern research has shown the therapeutic tremor’s significant measurable benefits.
The Resilience Toolkit supports your new knowledge and skills by applying scientifically supported methods to help you develop a robust and sustainable practice to effect real positive change over time.