Somatic Trauma Therapy Services

SOMATIC TRAUMA HEALING practices, SOMATIC EXPERIENCING ®  & SOMATIC PRACTICE,  are potent , gentle, naturalistic modes for resolving trauma & trauma symptoms — you return to your natural state of self-regulation, resilience & well-being. The somatic (physiologic) experience can be viewed as the powerful undercurrent of and path to transform our emotions, behaviors, and meanings. In SE & SP, we learn to trust and listen to the body’s wisdom, it’s self-healing and self-protecting capacities, and it’s implicit recognition of “appropriate” others.


Somatic Trauma Healing:

  • Heals the physiology of trauma in the body.
  • Holds gentle present-moment awareness of sensation & tracking of impulse.
  • Body learns a new physiological & psychological map.
  • Completes self protective responses.
  • Digests small manageable slices of un-discharged trauma energy.
  • Discovers inherent inner and outer resources.
  • Repairs and renegotiates relational ruptures.

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INTEGRATIVE WELLNESS is a way of caring that preserves the wholeness & dignity of the body, mind & spirit. You and Mary are therapeutic partners, learning from each other on a healing journey. Interventions are affordable, low tech, evidence-based and designed for preventive, supportive, & restorative healing.

They include tools for self-awareness, growth and wellbeing:

  • Health inquiry that reveals your own motivations, deep meanings and wellness goals
  • Nutrition as medicine
  • Readiness for change
  • Mindfulness and stress reduction
  • Healing herbs
  • Energy healing
  • Movement used therapeutically
  • Coaching to effectively communicate with medical providers
  • Collaborative with your other health practitioners, referrals

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(Somatic Trauma Healing is a wellness model. Medical Diagnosis, diagnostic testing, lab work, and medication prescriptions are not provided.)


What Happens in Somatic Trauma Healing Sessions?

  • In Sessions: take time to arrive–transition from the outside to the office.
  • Orient to the present and the “felt sense” of that; increase body awareness; inhabit & befriend the body—Practice!
  • Firstly, be in relationship–establish safety, be real, warm & genuine. We “get” each other non-verbally, through our senses. Create a “safe haven.”
  • Work at a respectful pace– Slow down, titrate–minimize fear, build tolerance of experience.
  • Receptive, reparative,”non-doing” touch is offered in most sessions.  Touch is key to co-regulation after early trauma as it speaks to the pre-verbal experience of early life.
  • Watch: the body’s response to what happens in sessions; subtle movements “before” a desired movement. (shifts in gravity, eye movements, breath, muscle tone); self protective movements?  Be curious “what didn’t get to happen?”
  • Learn how to track your “state” from the point of view of the “lizzard brain”–fight, flight and freeze responses; the nervous system’s tendency to form patterns, as well as to change.
  • Use language to invite & support exploration, playfulness and curiosity about what’s happening inside. Reflect back what happens.
  • Never take someone where they don’t want to go.  There is a good reason for “resistance”.
  • Shift focus & attention: away from intensity and toward “resources”–who or whatever settles the nervous system; or toward aliveness, away from collapse. This elicits the nervous system’s capacity to move & respond.
  • Sit, move, lay down; Talk, be silent; Play!
  • Look for how you can more easily manage situations that were hard for you before. You sense your impulse to connect with others.  This “self-regulation” and “co-regulation” happen naturally outside of sessions.
  • You discover and own your own “healing story”.
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