About Somatic Synergy

Types of Services

What is Somatic Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing?
How is it different to talk therapy?

Somatic Psychotherapy, also known as Body Psychotherapy, encompasses a variety of approaches to psychological health. It acknowledges the importance of the body in forming our experience of life and actively uses the body in therapy as a source of information and a resource for healing.

The feelings, emotions and impulses that arise from the body are an integral part of our experience of life but we often repress, cut off or don’t recognize them due to our physiological and psychological adaptations to the constraints of our environment.

Working with the body in psychotherapy opens up a wealth of options for understanding, experiencing and healing that conventional talk therapy is often unable to tap into. This is due to the control of the conscious over cognition and verbal expression, the body’s role in creating the physical sensations that are the root of emotion and the body’s role in maintaining the muscular tension that anchors and reinforces our characterological responses to our environment.

Somatic Psychotherapy helps us deal with our concerns by helping us become deeply aware of our bodily sensations, feelings and impulses as well as our emotions, thoughts and behaviour.

Somatic Experiencing

Can be seen together or 1:1

Somatic Experiencing® 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. SE offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states.

It provides effective skills appropriate to a variety of healing professions including mental health, medicine, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, first response, education, and others.

The SE approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms.

This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions

If you relate to some of these then you have come to the right place