Somatic Therapy

What is Somatic Psychotherapy?

Somatic Psychotherapy emphasizes body-mind interaction and recognizes that body and mind are interconnected and that they make up a whole. There are many types of Somatic Therapies, including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, and Expressive Arts.
Somatic Psychotherapists believe that in the right environment, this mind/body entity will grow and heal on its own accord, and interpersonal interactions, when conducted in a safe and respectful manner, can also positively impact and regulate the mind/body.

Somatic Experiencing (SE)

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Developed by Peter A. Levine

Trauma is a deeply upsetting and often overwhelming experience that can have lasting effects on our mind, body, and emotions. While traditional talk therapy can be helpful in processing trauma, it may not be enough to address the physical symptoms that can accompany it.

Somatic Experiencing is a mind-body approach to trauma recovery that can help to address both the physical and emotional reactions that may result from a traumatic event. This type of therapy focuses on the regulation of the body’s nervous system in order to help the individual to feel safer and more grounded.

This mind-body approach to healing from trauma is based on the idea that a traumatic event makes a person’s autonomic nervous system unstable, which stops the brain from processing the painful experience. Unresolved trauma can lead to mental health problems like anxiety, depression, as well as physical symptoms like chronic pain, digestive issues, breathing problems, trouble sleeping, muscle tension, and more.

We provide secure online and in-person Somatic Psychotherapy throughout Vancouver and BC. To request a 15-minute complimentary consultation with one of our therapists, please email info@lotustherapy.ca. You can book your first session here:

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References: Levine, P. A. (2010). In an unspoken voice: How the body releases trauma and restores goodness. North Atlantic Books.

“Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.”

― Peter A. Levine