What is Somatic Psychotherapy?

This approach to therapeutic healing uses the mind-body connection to address the impact of trauma (including developmental trauma that can negatively impact attachment styles in adulthood) upon a person's body.  Body-Mind Centering® innovator Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen famously reflected,

“The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand; if you want to know how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand.”

 
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What is the history and theory behind this method?

Somatic psychotherapy (from the legacies of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich and developmental psychotherapist Pierre Janet) is rooted in the basic assumptions:

  • that the mind and body are two aspects of the same thing

  • that we naturally heal when we have the proper support

  • that our thoughts, feelings, and experiences profoundly shape us

This approach to healing from trauma acts directly to support your nervous system and re-shapes the way that you move through the world and in your relationships.


How does it work?

A somatic psychotherapist is uniquely skilled in supporting a client's body (and relationship to their body) to promote a natural healing process through embodiment, emotional regulation, mindfulness, and expression.  

Somatic psychotherapy also offers practical tools to provide incremental immediate relief from symptoms of:

  • anxiety,

  • depression,

  • uncontrolled rage,

  • panic attacks,

  • hypervigilance, and

  • somatized pain from isolation or rejection.

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Rates/ fees

Initial interviews are 30 minutes and free of charge, allowing clients and clinicians to share/gather general history and determine if it’s a good fit (if not, prospective clients will be offered 3+ reasonable referrals)

  • Individual psychotherapy: $100 for 60 minute session, with new clients agreeing to attend weekly for 3 months.
  • Partner/ Relationship psychotherapy: $120 for 60 minute session, with new clients agreeing to attend twice/month for 3 months.
  • Professional consultation/ supervision:  $100 for 50 minutes in-person; $50 for 30 minutes via FaceTime.
  • Clinical Supervision Group: $50 for 120 minute group supervision, capped at 6 clinicians in each group.*

*email Beit@DragonInTheGlen.com to explore scholarships/ sliding scale fee options