What is mind-body Psychotherapy?
Mind-body psychotherapy, otherwise known as Somatic Psychotherapy, is a holistic approach towards therapy that works with all parts of a client, both mind and body in order to achieve the most effective results. When therapy is just conducted in the realm of analysis or cognition clients can gain insight into their lives and become more self aware. However, there frequently is a sense that something is missing and a deeper approach is needed to achieve full relief. Mind-body psychotherapy, is that approach.
Core Elements of This Approach:
It is more experiential than analytical.For real change to take place it is not enough just to “know” something. Your body and brain need to feel this new truth on a tangible and experiential level for it to become “your truth.” If a child frequently didn’t feel safe in their home, even if now as an adult they “know” that they are safe, some part of them might still always feel unsafe. Through working on a mind-body level, we can help them, in real time, experience new senses of safety that begin to rewrite how they feel in their body and the world.
We work from the inside-out instead of the outside-in.With plain talk therapy, sessions are limited to whatever is brought up by the conscious awareness of the client. However, frequently there are important issues or memories that have been forgotten or suppressed that are not easily accessible by one’s conscious awareness. Through helping a client “drop” into their body they can now access the full range of information needed for their healing.
There is a focus on the nervous system and its integral role in mental and emotional health.After one has processed a past trauma or painful event intellectually, they still might not find much actual relief. This is because their nervous system is still affected by what happened and cognitive processing doesn’t address the language of the nervous system. By working on an embodied, mindful and experiential level we, we speak the language of the nervous system and help it move from anxiety, hyperalertness, and/or shut down to balance, resiliency, and health.
Areas of specialization
Psychotherapy is the process of helping you explore and work through any issues that are holding you back from experiencing your life fully and optimally. During this process you will gain insight into the layers and factors that are contributing your struggles. You will be able to safely connect to these layers and process them through on a holistic level that includes emotional, physical and mental dimensions.
Therapy allows for what has in the past been pushed away, not been processed, or left in the realm of the unconscious to make its way to the conscious and be worked through. This amazing process leaves one finally feeling more whole, present, and free.
Craniosacral Therapy is a truly amazing opportunity to experience the full depth of mind-body healing. Craniosacral Therapy is a light touch technique that is used to listen to a client’s body, help them connect to themselves more deeply, and help their nervous system, body, and psyche heal whatever is needed at that time.
All our experiences, thoughts and feelings from our lives get “stored” in our body to one degree or another. Oftentimes, our conscious awareness is limited in what it remmebrs or is aware of. The cells of our body however hold onto all the feelings and experiences that we had and they can be brought back to our awareness through connecting to the body. Through the body one can even reconnect and heal feelings, experiences or sensations from one’s utero experience, birth or past life. It is only through dropping into the body can one begin to process and release the full spectrum of whatever their system needs for healing. Craniosacral Therapy is the ideal tool for that process.
Somatic Experiencing, created by Dr Peter Levine is a cutting edge technique for working with developmental trauma and event trauma, and in general honoring the nervous system and working therapeutically on the mind-body level.
Our romantic relationships play a key role in our lives and wellbeing. When they aren’t working well it can affect one profoundly in all areas of their lives. Influenced by the PACT model for couples counseling (Stan Tatkin), Imago therapy (Harville Hendrix) and Emotional Focused Therapy (Sue Johnson) I take a holistic approach towards couples counseling. This approach includes a deep understanding of childhood wounding and attachment dynamics, communication styles, fight- flight and freeze dynamics and intimacy and sexuality.