An integrated approach to counselling, psychotherapy and mindfulness
How does it work?
Somatic Psychotherapy encourages you to explore issues using the whole ‘body’ response as well as your conscious awareness. Thought, emotion and body awareness are experienced as inter-connected aspects of the person’s whole being. Somatic Psychotherapy offers the opportunity to soothe anger and distress, celebrate joys and achievements, unravel shame, make space for grief, help build tolerance for changing states of being, enhance resilience and the ability to trust and engage with others. This enables you to address deep seated concerns that take time to explore.
My clients gain greater insight into their triggers, their behaviours and how they can better manage these situations – without blame or fear – to gain more of what they desire in their lives. The word somatic comes from the ancient Greek somat (body). The word psychology comes from the ancient Greek psyche (soul, mind) and logia (study). Somatic psychotherapy is based in the belief that the psyche (the mind) and soma (the body) form a single entity, the mindbody. Somatic psychotherapy can improve body awareness, relieve stress, balance the nervous system, mobilise posture and help clients develop a sense of vitality, aliveness and movement. Using somatic techniques as the means for exploration, the client is able to experience where spontaneity, creativity and deliberateness flow throughout his or her body and where flow might be suppressed.
So what is Somatic Psychotherapy?
Somatic Psychotherapy is a comprehensive and holistic approach to personal growth and development. This approach acknowledges that the processes of the body/mind not only affect and reflect each other, but are inter-functioning aspects of a person’s whole being, and that each person’s individual experiences and reactions are inextricably interconnected.
Contemporary somatic psychotherapy, working with the psycho-organic processes of emotion, sensation, desire, breath and a range of other bodily experiences, incorporates understandings of the complexities of human experience and consciousness.
Philosophical and theoretical assumptions as well as therapeutic practice derived from existential phenomenology, self psychology, intersubjectivity, dynamic systems theory, infant research and attachment theory, trauma theory as well as post modern and post structural thinking fundamentally shape and inform the theoretical basis of contemporary somatic psychotherapy.
What can it do for you? – find out…
Sue and her clients explore issues of concern and how these are expressed in everyday life; in relationships and in the body. You can expect to be treated with empathy and respect and to be supported non-judgementally,while you explore your concerns, worries, fears and distress.
Consultations are usually at least once a week and last for 50-55 minutes. Psychotherapy is usually undertaken as a medium to longer term therapy.
You will learn new ways to recognise old patterns of behaviour and identify new ways of being that you can develop and to encourage the kinds of relationships you want in your life.
Psychotherapy is not psychiatry and this practice is not recognised for Medicare rebates.
Some Medical Benefits funds provide some rebate.