Somatic Depth Psychotherapy

Wendy Elliott psychotherapy

Somatic Depth Psychotherapy blends the numinous realms of the psyche with the bodily felt experience of being alive. The underlying insight in somatic depth psychotherapy is that we enact self-feeling, identity, and connection with others through bodily means. Through our development in families and communities, we construct embodied patterns of feeling, sensation, expression, movement, and emotion through which we know ourselves and make relationships in the world.

How can Somatic Depth Psychotherapy help you?

Being present in your body is helpful for working through deeper emotional issues. By engaging in an embodied process, you will have direct experience into understanding how your body, dreams, nervous system, memory, and imagination are interconnected and may be used for self-expression and healing. Sessions flow naturally between conversation and embodied self-explorations that include the breath, mindfulness, movement, and touch.

To move through obstacles, find the path through loss, and reach into deeper meaning we need to find a way of healing our body-mind-spirit connection. Somatic Depth Psychotherapy says instead of transcending ourselves, how about if we move deeply into ourselves.

Anxiety is a feeling of dread, agitation, or foreboding associated with a danger that does not exist in the present moment. As Sheryl Paul says, “Anxiety, while often experienced in the body, is a head state that keeps its prisoners trapped in the realm of unproductive and fear based thinking. Somatic Depth Psychotherapy enlists the wisdom of the body and its self-regulating capacities to uncouple to physical symptoms of anxiety from the thinking mind. As you learn how to attend to sensations in the present moment, your system shifts as does your mind, resulting in greater capacity to handle life’s unknowns.

Depression shows up in the emotional numbing that can follow a significant loss, life transition, or inner shift that causes us to go down a dark and negative spiral. You feel disconnected, disoriented, scared and unmotivated. Somatic depth psychotherapy helps by allowing you to release negative experiences, change old patterns, and to feel more alive in your body.

We all have experienced Trauma at some point in our life. The most simple definition of trauma is too much too soon. We become traumatized when we feel overwhelmed and our body responds by the urge to fight, flight or freeze. Let’s say you got in a car accident a few years ago and you notice every time you are on the freeway and there is an accident you panic. Your thoughts begin to race and your heart starts to pound. Once you get home, you forget all about it, but it happens again and again. This symptom is your body saying, “I do not feel safe on the freeway.” The same is true if you grew up in an abusive or neglectful home environment. Unless you’ve worked with this material in some conscious manner that integrates the mind, emotions, and body, most likely you are still getting triggered (you want to leave certain situations quickly, you have a tendency to snap, you have on-going night mares and fears, you feel frozen on the inside) around situations that remind you unconsciously of that earlier time in your life.

Using a Somatic Approach we create the conditions for you to move through the trauma safely. Establishing a safe container you release old patterns that are housed in your body and mind. As a result you feel safer, empowered, and connected to yourself and those around you.

Loss happens all the time and hurts. We naturally get attached to situations, people, places, experiences and then something happens and it’s gone. Loss is especially painful when it is unacknowledged and unseen by those around us. Grief shows up in our body, tidal waves of emotion coming through us. It can be really scary to trust the grief process and allow your body to let go. Somatic Depth Psychotherapy provides you with a contained experience so that you can feel safe in the natural release of your body, and welcome grief without getting overwhelmed. As a result, you feel calmer, softer and more connected.

Life Transition. Transitions begin with a change. Sometimes we have control over the change and sometimes not. We make a change by ending a relationship, or a change happens when our someone close to us gets ill or dies. Any process of transition has three distinct phases, the ending, the liminal zone, and the new beginning. The ending is usually clear, however when you are in the liminal zone it can feel disorienting before a clear beginning takes shape. If you are an “in between time” then most likely you are feeling disconnected and confused. Somatic Depth Psychotherapy helps you to get grounded again by coming safely back into your body and the present moment.

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