Somatic Therapists in Okotoks, AB

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Dr. Kelly Fredell (Foothills Integrative)
Psychologist, PsyD, MA(CRE), BComm, MAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
I offer a unique combination of somatic psychotherapy (Deep Brain Reorienting, Natural Processing, IBP) and/or Neurotherapy, to support you in shifting out of old stuck coping patterns.
You are searching for answers, perhaps stuck, and may feel a bit lost about how to find your way forward. You can be sensitive, intense, and passionate and you're interested in living from a place of aliveness, well-being, and spark. You may have a history of trauma, suffering, and loss and yet you are also a survivor. I look forward to working with you, attending to both the suffering and the resilience, the loss and the grace; to listening to and affirming the melody within your words. I work with several provisional and registered psychologists at Foothills Integrative Psychology and Neurotherapy. How can we help?
I offer a unique combination of somatic psychotherapy (Deep Brain Reorienting, Natural Processing, IBP) and/or Neurotherapy, to support you in shifting out of old stuck coping patterns.
You are searching for answers, perhaps stuck, and may feel a bit lost about how to find your way forward. You can be sensitive, intense, and passionate and you're interested in living from a place of aliveness, well-being, and spark. You may have a history of trauma, suffering, and loss and yet you are also a survivor. I look forward to working with you, attending to both the suffering and the resilience, the loss and the grace; to listening to and affirming the melody within your words. I work with several provisional and registered psychologists at Foothills Integrative Psychology and Neurotherapy. How can we help?
(587) 602-4995 View (587) 602-4995
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Leigh van Rootselaar
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Okotoks, AB T1S
My individual counseling is customized to meet your unique needs, drawing from a range of therapeutic techniques including somatic therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and attachment theory.
I provide a supportive environment for those on their journey of identity exploration and healing. As someone who shares in the experience of queer identity, my practice is a safe haven that welcomes and affirms all queer and gender-diverse individuals. My expertise includes serving individuals facing trauma, addiction, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, and emotion dysregulation.
My individual counseling is customized to meet your unique needs, drawing from a range of therapeutic techniques including somatic therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and attachment theory.
I provide a supportive environment for those on their journey of identity exploration and healing. As someone who shares in the experience of queer identity, my practice is a safe haven that welcomes and affirms all queer and gender-diverse individuals. My expertise includes serving individuals facing trauma, addiction, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, and emotion dysregulation.
(587) 705-4072 View (587) 705-4072
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Celine Olsen
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Through our work together, we can discover the best tool to support your healing, whether it be Cognitive, Somatic, or Emotional processing.
Do you feel disconnected and alone as you journey through life? Are your emotions overwhelming right now? Does it feel like the anxiety, depression, isolation, or emotional overwhelm are a barrier to living a whole and connected life? Maybe you’ve experienced some kind of trauma, sexual abuse, or depression and you are at a point where you are ready to move forward. If you are reading this, a part of you is ready for change and to feel better.
Through our work together, we can discover the best tool to support your healing, whether it be Cognitive, Somatic, or Emotional processing.
Do you feel disconnected and alone as you journey through life? Are your emotions overwhelming right now? Does it feel like the anxiety, depression, isolation, or emotional overwhelm are a barrier to living a whole and connected life? Maybe you’ve experienced some kind of trauma, sexual abuse, or depression and you are at a point where you are ready to move forward. If you are reading this, a part of you is ready for change and to feel better.
(587) 816-4125 View (587) 816-4125
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Lierin Churla
Registered Provisional Psychologist, MC
Verified Verified
Okotoks, AB T1S
The main theoretical approaches I draw from include person-centered, solution focused, DBR, attachment, somatic, CBT, narrative, DBT, and mindfulness.
Evening and weekend availability - We can all feel lost and overwhelmed by our emotions or get stuck in patterns of unhelpful thoughts and behaviours - when all we really crave is connection, support, and tools to help us show up more peacefully for ourselves and others. My experience is primarily with teenagers and adults facing challenges related to anxiety, stress, depression, interpersonal relationships, grief and loss, self-worth, & challenging life transitions. Together, we can explore how to help you gain better insight and overcome the barriers that are preventing you from accessing your authentic self.
The main theoretical approaches I draw from include person-centered, solution focused, DBR, attachment, somatic, CBT, narrative, DBT, and mindfulness.
Evening and weekend availability - We can all feel lost and overwhelmed by our emotions or get stuck in patterns of unhelpful thoughts and behaviours - when all we really crave is connection, support, and tools to help us show up more peacefully for ourselves and others. My experience is primarily with teenagers and adults facing challenges related to anxiety, stress, depression, interpersonal relationships, grief and loss, self-worth, & challenging life transitions. Together, we can explore how to help you gain better insight and overcome the barriers that are preventing you from accessing your authentic self.
(587) 804-2430 View (587) 804-2430
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Piekenbrock Psychology Services
Psychologist, MSc, BEd, BSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Piekenbrock Psychological Service is where you can begin your journey towards mental wellness. As a clinical psychologist, Myka provides EMDR, trauma informed somatic therapy, bibliotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy to adults, teens and children. As an educational psychologist, Myka offers her expertise in educational assessments. With the dual accreditation, Myka is a wealth of experience waiting for you to access to your advantage. This life is yours to seize! If you email me please check your spam mail if you don't get a quick reply! Alternatively, call me!
Piekenbrock Psychological Service is where you can begin your journey towards mental wellness. As a clinical psychologist, Myka provides EMDR, trauma informed somatic therapy, bibliotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy to adults, teens and children. As an educational psychologist, Myka offers her expertise in educational assessments. With the dual accreditation, Myka is a wealth of experience waiting for you to access to your advantage. This life is yours to seize! If you email me please check your spam mail if you don't get a quick reply! Alternatively, call me!
(587) 402-4286 View (587) 402-4286
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Katherine Rosenstein
Psychologist, MA, RPsyc, IAYT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S  (Online Only)
As a registered psychologist and yoga therapist, my focus is on providing the necessary tools to assist individuals in moving towards optimal health. I believe that everyone has the innate capacity for healing. With my experience as a psychologist and yoga therapist, I offer a form of therapy that is unique and effective. Using sustained awareness, with a strong somatic focus, I support clients in engaging deep healing within their nervous system. I also incorporate parts work with clients and find this to be a powerful way to create even more self understanding and compassion.
As a registered psychologist and yoga therapist, my focus is on providing the necessary tools to assist individuals in moving towards optimal health. I believe that everyone has the innate capacity for healing. With my experience as a psychologist and yoga therapist, I offer a form of therapy that is unique and effective. Using sustained awareness, with a strong somatic focus, I support clients in engaging deep healing within their nervous system. I also incorporate parts work with clients and find this to be a powerful way to create even more self understanding and compassion.
(587) 405-9983 View (587) 405-9983
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Arin Clarke
Counsellor, BHSc, MCPAT, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S  (Online Only)
Hey, I’m Arin! I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor with a dual Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and Art Therapy. This means I am trained to work with traditional talk therapy in combination with creative arts-based interventions. My approach is casual and authentic, and I find deep meaning in the work I do with my clients. I mostly work with somatic, arts-based and feminist philosophies in order to help you integrate and rediscover personal strength in the face of adversity.
Hey, I’m Arin! I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor with a dual Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and Art Therapy. This means I am trained to work with traditional talk therapy in combination with creative arts-based interventions. My approach is casual and authentic, and I find deep meaning in the work I do with my clients. I mostly work with somatic, arts-based and feminist philosophies in order to help you integrate and rediscover personal strength in the face of adversity.
(587) 742-1247 View (587) 742-1247
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Michele Edwards Holistic Therapies
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Employing a series of therapeutic modalities rooted in spiritual connection, mindfulness, somatic awareness, and self-mastery, I will gently guide you on a safe and sacred journey where you will release yourself of the limiting beliefs, behaviors, and karmic loops that have held you captive, unlocking the wisdom, beauty, and strength you carry within!.
Do you feel trapped on your journey of healing and self-discovery, weighed down by the burden of past traumas? Finding the inner strength to move forward can be a challenging and emotional battle. You long to break free from the pain of your past, searching for the confidence, self-acceptance, and personal power that will ignite your transformation. That's where I come in. My mission is to guide women like you through this transformative journey of healing.
Employing a series of therapeutic modalities rooted in spiritual connection, mindfulness, somatic awareness, and self-mastery, I will gently guide you on a safe and sacred journey where you will release yourself of the limiting beliefs, behaviors, and karmic loops that have held you captive, unlocking the wisdom, beauty, and strength you carry within!.
Do you feel trapped on your journey of healing and self-discovery, weighed down by the burden of past traumas? Finding the inner strength to move forward can be a challenging and emotional battle. You long to break free from the pain of your past, searching for the confidence, self-acceptance, and personal power that will ignite your transformation. That's where I come in. My mission is to guide women like you through this transformative journey of healing.
(587) 415-6795 View (587) 415-6795
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Shay Swan
Registered Provisional Psychologist, MEd
Verified Verified
Okotoks, AB T1S
Waitlist for new clients
I use elements of emotion, somatic and cognitive focused therapies to support clients in their healing journey, including gender diverse folks and Autistic adults.
Welcome! My name is Shay, and I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist with 11 years of experience in the mental health field. I offer online and in-person service. Perhaps you have been feeling overwhelmed, or wanting to heal from a trauma. Maybe you are exploring your gender or sexual identity, and are looking for a safe place to explore that. Or maybe you're a neurodivergent individual seeking a space that understands that you aren't broken, but that your mind works differently. I believe that each individual is the expert on their own experience, and strive to create a compassionate space to explore your concerns.
I use elements of emotion, somatic and cognitive focused therapies to support clients in their healing journey, including gender diverse folks and Autistic adults.
Welcome! My name is Shay, and I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist with 11 years of experience in the mental health field. I offer online and in-person service. Perhaps you have been feeling overwhelmed, or wanting to heal from a trauma. Maybe you are exploring your gender or sexual identity, and are looking for a safe place to explore that. Or maybe you're a neurodivergent individual seeking a space that understands that you aren't broken, but that your mind works differently. I believe that each individual is the expert on their own experience, and strive to create a compassionate space to explore your concerns.
(587) 805-0639 View (587) 805-0639
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Alison Varga
Registered Provisional Psychologist, MA, CCC, PP
Verified Verified
Okotoks, AB T1S
Whether you're navigating pregnancy anxiety after miscarriage, heartbreak after infant loss, or you're looking for a sounding board as you work through the information overload of motherhood, I provide a comfortable and open-minded space for you. I came to this world of perinatal mental health because my challenges in becoming a mother, and my awareness of the importance of sound support during that time. Through a late term pregnancy loss, multiple miscarriages, as well as my battle with uterine cancer, I understand first-hand the grief and heartache that’s often hidden, but part of so many families lives.
Whether you're navigating pregnancy anxiety after miscarriage, heartbreak after infant loss, or you're looking for a sounding board as you work through the information overload of motherhood, I provide a comfortable and open-minded space for you. I came to this world of perinatal mental health because my challenges in becoming a mother, and my awareness of the importance of sound support during that time. Through a late term pregnancy loss, multiple miscarriages, as well as my battle with uterine cancer, I understand first-hand the grief and heartache that’s often hidden, but part of so many families lives.
(587) 803-4302 View (587) 803-4302
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Sheryl Field
Psychologist, MACP, BN
Verified Verified
Okotoks, AB T1S
Waitlist for new clients
Following an extensive and rewarding career as a registered nurse, with experience in critical care, cardiology, and family medicine, I have thoroughly enjoyed learning how I can better help others who are in need of support. I have worked alongside adult individuals who have endured developmental and acute trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, addiction, and life transitions including relationship and parenting support. It is a privilege to walk alongside my clients as they grow and expand in self-awareness, self-determination, compassion for themselves, and overall confidence to live their best life.
Following an extensive and rewarding career as a registered nurse, with experience in critical care, cardiology, and family medicine, I have thoroughly enjoyed learning how I can better help others who are in need of support. I have worked alongside adult individuals who have endured developmental and acute trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, addiction, and life transitions including relationship and parenting support. It is a privilege to walk alongside my clients as they grow and expand in self-awareness, self-determination, compassion for themselves, and overall confidence to live their best life.
(587) 412-5144 View (587) 412-5144
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Melanie Lynn Vassell
Psychologist, MC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Are you struggling with issues related to emotion dsyregulation, trauma, anxiety, or depression? Have you tried other therapies before that have been ineffective? My name is Melanie Vassell, I'm a Registered Psychologist in Okotoks and the Foothills area, specializing in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. My goal is to help you understand your emotions and increase your daily functioning. I implement empirically validated therapies to meet your psychological needs. I primarily employ Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Systemic Family Therapy for individuals, Couples, and Families based on an assessment of your needs.
Are you struggling with issues related to emotion dsyregulation, trauma, anxiety, or depression? Have you tried other therapies before that have been ineffective? My name is Melanie Vassell, I'm a Registered Psychologist in Okotoks and the Foothills area, specializing in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. My goal is to help you understand your emotions and increase your daily functioning. I implement empirically validated therapies to meet your psychological needs. I primarily employ Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Systemic Family Therapy for individuals, Couples, and Families based on an assessment of your needs.
(587) 840-6018 View (587) 840-6018
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Elizabeth Muhle
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Okotoks, AB T1S
Evening and weekend appointments available in person or virtual. I hold a deep seeded belief that we each are doing the very best that we can in any given moment. I believe no one is exempt from struggle and at times it is difficult to know how we got to this painful place, and at other times an event (trauma) takes place which can leave us not recognizing ourselves or our life. I offer a safe validating space to heal and rediscover how you want to show up in your life. If you are feeling overwhelmed, stuck or wanting support in any area of your life, please reach out to me. I would be honored to be a part of your healing journey.
Evening and weekend appointments available in person or virtual. I hold a deep seeded belief that we each are doing the very best that we can in any given moment. I believe no one is exempt from struggle and at times it is difficult to know how we got to this painful place, and at other times an event (trauma) takes place which can leave us not recognizing ourselves or our life. I offer a safe validating space to heal and rediscover how you want to show up in your life. If you are feeling overwhelmed, stuck or wanting support in any area of your life, please reach out to me. I would be honored to be a part of your healing journey.
(587) 741-9074 View (587) 741-9074
Bluebird Acres Wellness
Pre-Licensed Professional, CCPCPR, Cand
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
I am able to help you in all areas of your life. Possibly you are struggling with grief, loss, love, a life transition, anxiety, depression, or other challenges. I am also able to help you improve your coping skills and self-esteem; learn how to live your best life, make and reach goals, and improve mindfulness.
I am able to help you in all areas of your life. Possibly you are struggling with grief, loss, love, a life transition, anxiety, depression, or other challenges. I am also able to help you improve your coping skills and self-esteem; learn how to live your best life, make and reach goals, and improve mindfulness.
(587) 801-1434 View (587) 801-1434
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Toni Harris
Psychologist, MSc, RPsych
Verified Verified
Okotoks, AB T1S
Weekdays/evening /weekend availability: I offer 25 years experience in the psychology field with extensive background in a variety of modalities that range the continuum of science and soul. I have been honoured to journey thousands of hours with clients through the intricate and sacred stories of their lives. I strive to bring grounded knowledge and theory, compassionate witnessing, heart-led guidance, practical tools and strategies, and body/mind techniques to support the reflection, healing and change process. A little humour goes a long way too ;)
Weekdays/evening /weekend availability: I offer 25 years experience in the psychology field with extensive background in a variety of modalities that range the continuum of science and soul. I have been honoured to journey thousands of hours with clients through the intricate and sacred stories of their lives. I strive to bring grounded knowledge and theory, compassionate witnessing, heart-led guidance, practical tools and strategies, and body/mind techniques to support the reflection, healing and change process. A little humour goes a long way too ;)
(587) 801-3313 View (587) 801-3313
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Kristy Lee Thackeray
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Welcome to my therapy practice! As a compassionate and experienced social worker with a Master of Social Work and Clinical specialization from the University of Calgary, I bring a unique blend of therapeutic approaches to support individuals and couples through life's challenges. My expertise spans across various age groups, including children, adolescents, adults, and seniors.
Welcome to my therapy practice! As a compassionate and experienced social worker with a Master of Social Work and Clinical specialization from the University of Calgary, I bring a unique blend of therapeutic approaches to support individuals and couples through life's challenges. My expertise spans across various age groups, including children, adolescents, adults, and seniors.
(587) 853-0588 View (587) 853-0588
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Christine Waterson
Psychologist, MC, BA
Verified Verified
Okotoks, AB T1S
Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed or stuck, making the idea of being happy and free seem like an unattainable task. Maybe you are experiencing feelings, thoughts, or sensations that you do not understand, ultimately causing you distress, and are striving to work through your concerns. You may have experienced adverse circumstances, such as trauma, injury, or loss, and are looking to empower your inner survivor. Together, we can make growth, transformation, and hope a possibility! I look forward to working with through your path of discovery, offering you a hand up and empowering your ever-growing resiliency.
Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed or stuck, making the idea of being happy and free seem like an unattainable task. Maybe you are experiencing feelings, thoughts, or sensations that you do not understand, ultimately causing you distress, and are striving to work through your concerns. You may have experienced adverse circumstances, such as trauma, injury, or loss, and are looking to empower your inner survivor. Together, we can make growth, transformation, and hope a possibility! I look forward to working with through your path of discovery, offering you a hand up and empowering your ever-growing resiliency.
(587) 318-1769 View (587) 318-1769
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Claire McMillan
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S  (Online Only)
I do not have an "ideal" client. I believe in the importance of showing up as you are and I will do my best to walk alongside you. I specialize in areas of anxiety, ADHD, perfectionism, boundaries, burnout, and relational issues. I am part of Kindred Roots Therapy which is a private therapy collective (based out of Alberta) that is focused on redefining the "traditional" therapy experience. We aim to normalize conversations about mental health, and apply a strengths-based and laid-back approach to therapy.
I do not have an "ideal" client. I believe in the importance of showing up as you are and I will do my best to walk alongside you. I specialize in areas of anxiety, ADHD, perfectionism, boundaries, burnout, and relational issues. I am part of Kindred Roots Therapy which is a private therapy collective (based out of Alberta) that is focused on redefining the "traditional" therapy experience. We aim to normalize conversations about mental health, and apply a strengths-based and laid-back approach to therapy.
(506) 307-6832 View (506) 307-6832
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Chantelle Beach
Psychologist, MC, RSW, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Your needs are important, and I am here to help you feel supported and validated, whether you are seeking support for yourself, with your partner or as a family. You will always feel listened to in my counselling room. A counselling approach that uses emotion to change emotion is powerful and offers so much hope. It is effective with couples and individuals alike. Meeting your unique needs is what matters most, so I am flexible and incorporate a range of interventions that will help you reach your goals. Counselling is not "one size fits all"; it is a creative process of working together to help you feel in control of your life.
Your needs are important, and I am here to help you feel supported and validated, whether you are seeking support for yourself, with your partner or as a family. You will always feel listened to in my counselling room. A counselling approach that uses emotion to change emotion is powerful and offers so much hope. It is effective with couples and individuals alike. Meeting your unique needs is what matters most, so I am flexible and incorporate a range of interventions that will help you reach your goals. Counselling is not "one size fits all"; it is a creative process of working together to help you feel in control of your life.
(587) 415-0649 View (587) 415-0649
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Emily Wasylenko
Psychologist, MA, RPsych, CCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Waitlist for new clients
I believe that you should walk away from counselling feeling empowered; with a sense of agency to make choices that improve your quality of life within the social contexts and systems you operate in. My role is to provide a nonjudgmental, warm, and accepting environment while accompanying you in discovering the resources you hold within you to move past the difficulties you’re facing.
I believe that you should walk away from counselling feeling empowered; with a sense of agency to make choices that improve your quality of life within the social contexts and systems you operate in. My role is to provide a nonjudgmental, warm, and accepting environment while accompanying you in discovering the resources you hold within you to move past the difficulties you’re facing.
(587) 848-3331 View (587) 848-3331

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Somatic Counsellors

How does somatic therapy work?

Somatic therapy is a form of treatment that focuses on how the body and mind are interconnected. In this approach, physical symptoms are addressed because they may in fact signal emotional distress. Somatic therapists combine mindfulness, talk therapy, breathwork, yoga, dance, and physical manipulations of the body to help patients become more attuned to what their body is telling them.

Is EMDR a somatic therapy?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a form of somatic therapy, as it incorporates mental and physical principles. EMDR involves remembering a traumatic experience while allowing one’s eyes to track a side-to-side visual stimulus from a therapist. This lateral eye movement is believed to diminish the painful power of the memory so that it can be discussed with a therapist.

Is somatic therapy evidence-based?

Somatic therapy has been researched and studied, and some forms of somatic therapy are found to be effective in treating a wide range of conditions. Because somatic therapy encompasses many techniques, some, such as EMDR and meditation, have been studied more than others.

What is somatic trauma therapy?

Somatic trauma therapy is based on the idea that when people experience trauma, they can become stuck in the “freeze” part of a “fight, flight, or freeze” response. In this state, trauma can manifest itself both mentally and physically—through tension in the muscles, anxiety, and stress. Popular forms of somatic trauma therapy include EMDR, sensorimotor therapy, and somatic experiencing.