Somatic Therapy is at the leading edge of trauma treatment.
Somatic Therapy is a “bottom up” approach to psychotherapy that addresses unresolved trauma in the body (as well as in the brain). The benefits of this approach are immense, as it works at a deep level in the most ancient parts of the brain that govern how we respond to stress, relate to others and experience the world.
Trauma doesn’t just mean accidents and injuries. It can also be low-lying, chronic and developmental, especially in families with chronic stress or mental illness or where there has been the loss of a parents of close family member.
When we can’t make sense of something as children (or adults!) the nervous system becomes disorganised. This can lead to a wide range of symptoms.
Conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD and addiction (as well as many physical health issues such as chronic pain, chronic fatigue and autoimmune disorders) all have links to unresolved trauma that are now supported by science.
Trauma is essentially like free-flying energy in the system. Until it has been integrated, it takes up space and interferes with day-to-day functioning.
It places undue stress on the immune system and takes a toll on our mental and physical wellbeing.
I could write for hours about the affective neuroscience behind this method, but instead I will tell you this.
There is tremendous hope for those who suffer with the affects of trauma. Healing is possible and while it's true that that which doesn't kill us doesn't always make us stronger - what we can heal from and integrate, does.
This approach to trauma therapy is deep, nurturing, gentle, non-invasive and truly life-changing.
To find out more and/or explore whether this approach is right for you, learn more about sessions with me.