Somatic Counselling in London

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Gideon Reeve
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
London SW11
I integrate: person centred - developing a supportive relationship to explore your story and feelings to enable you to build a strong sense of self; psychodynamic - looking at your history and how that is impacting you in the present; CBT - looking at the causes and then being very solution focussed; somatic - physical grounding and breathing techniques.
Hello, It's likely that you have arrived here because you are seeking help or support dealing with some of life’s difficulties. I appreciate that deciding to seek help and then contacting a therapist can feel like a big and daunting step. Whether that is to deal with anxiety, depression, confusion or unhappiness. Or perhaps it might be a feeling that your life has little meaning, you're lonely, or you lack a sense of direction. Or was there something else?
I integrate: person centred - developing a supportive relationship to explore your story and feelings to enable you to build a strong sense of self; psychodynamic - looking at your history and how that is impacting you in the present; CBT - looking at the causes and then being very solution focussed; somatic - physical grounding and breathing techniques.
Hello, It's likely that you have arrived here because you are seeking help or support dealing with some of life’s difficulties. I appreciate that deciding to seek help and then contacting a therapist can feel like a big and daunting step. Whether that is to deal with anxiety, depression, confusion or unhappiness. Or perhaps it might be a feeling that your life has little meaning, you're lonely, or you lack a sense of direction. Or was there something else?
020 8016 2146 View 020 8016 2146
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Natasha Broman
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
London W5
I am an integrative psychotherapist and Somatic Experiencing practitioner. What does this mean? I have extensive training in supporting people of all ages to feel more themselves, whether this is through helping them to recover from traumatic events, reducing current anxiety and depression symptoms or increasing their overall sense of purpose and joy.
I am an integrative psychotherapist and Somatic Experiencing practitioner. What does this mean? I have extensive training in supporting people of all ages to feel more themselves, whether this is through helping them to recover from traumatic events, reducing current anxiety and depression symptoms or increasing their overall sense of purpose and joy.
020 3002 6672 View 020 3002 6672
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Ruta Zukaite
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
London SE1  (Online Only)
Our conversations will be compassionate explorations of your emotions, somatic experiences, and formative experiences while aiming to have a new and good experience with me that heals old wounds.
I am an experienced AEDP therapist. My approach is rooted in fostering deep connections and facilitating transformative experiences. I am dedicated to creating a supportive environment where clients feel seen, heard, and understood. Through a blend of attachment theory, neuroscience, and experiential techniques, I guide clients in exploring and processing their emotions in real-time, leading to profound insights and healing. My goal is to empower clients to cultivate greater self-compassion, resilience, and authentic connections in their lives.
Our conversations will be compassionate explorations of your emotions, somatic experiences, and formative experiences while aiming to have a new and good experience with me that heals old wounds.
I am an experienced AEDP therapist. My approach is rooted in fostering deep connections and facilitating transformative experiences. I am dedicated to creating a supportive environment where clients feel seen, heard, and understood. Through a blend of attachment theory, neuroscience, and experiential techniques, I guide clients in exploring and processing their emotions in real-time, leading to profound insights and healing. My goal is to empower clients to cultivate greater self-compassion, resilience, and authentic connections in their lives.
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Shane Mackay
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
London SE1
After qualifying thirteen years ago I worked for City & Hackney Mind (Mental Health Charity) for seven years as the Clinical Services Manager of the Psychological Therapies Team as well as the Clinical Supervisor for a large team of trainee/qualified counsellors/psychotherapists. My approach mainly draws on Psychoanalysis, Somatic & Neurobiological approaches along with Philosophy & Critical Theory. My approach is GSRD (Gender, Sexuality, Relationship Diversity) affirmative meaning i have a passion for and extensive experience supporting Queer & LGBTQI+ as well as other non-heteronormative ways of living/being.
After qualifying thirteen years ago I worked for City & Hackney Mind (Mental Health Charity) for seven years as the Clinical Services Manager of the Psychological Therapies Team as well as the Clinical Supervisor for a large team of trainee/qualified counsellors/psychotherapists. My approach mainly draws on Psychoanalysis, Somatic & Neurobiological approaches along with Philosophy & Critical Theory. My approach is GSRD (Gender, Sexuality, Relationship Diversity) affirmative meaning i have a passion for and extensive experience supporting Queer & LGBTQI+ as well as other non-heteronormative ways of living/being.
020 3870 4138 View 020 3870 4138
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Bethany Zelent
MA
Verified Verified
London EC4M  (Online Only)
With over a decade of depth psychotherapy experience, I provide a comprehensive approach integrating evidence-based somatic and solution-focused practices with the intuitive inquiry of psychospiritual, existential counselling.
Have you hit your midlife crisis early - feeling overwhelmed by stress, pressure, and perfectionism? If you're an old soul looking to live your purpose, overwhelmed with everything in life happening all at once and seeking inner peace, it's time to reclaim your life with transformative counselling. Together, we'll uncover layers of self-doubt, replace self-sabotage with self-love, and help you step into your strength. As an internationally accredited Canadian psychotherapist, I'm here to help you find your purpose through inner peace and guide you back to yourself through structured existential sessions and educational resources.
With over a decade of depth psychotherapy experience, I provide a comprehensive approach integrating evidence-based somatic and solution-focused practices with the intuitive inquiry of psychospiritual, existential counselling.
Have you hit your midlife crisis early - feeling overwhelmed by stress, pressure, and perfectionism? If you're an old soul looking to live your purpose, overwhelmed with everything in life happening all at once and seeking inner peace, it's time to reclaim your life with transformative counselling. Together, we'll uncover layers of self-doubt, replace self-sabotage with self-love, and help you step into your strength. As an internationally accredited Canadian psychotherapist, I'm here to help you find your purpose through inner peace and guide you back to yourself through structured existential sessions and educational resources.
020 3728 8255 View 020 3728 8255
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Mudimo Okondo
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
London SE3
I am also passionate in pursuing a wholistic approach to wellbeing, inviting the exploration of creativity, embodiment practices, and somatic movement.
I have over 20 years experience working in the personal development, mentoring, and mental health fields, working with a broad range and severity of issues including: anxiety and depression, family/relationship conflicts, life transitions, trauma/abuse, challenges in being neuro-atypical, and the affirmation of sexual orientation and gender identity.
I am also passionate in pursuing a wholistic approach to wellbeing, inviting the exploration of creativity, embodiment practices, and somatic movement.
I have over 20 years experience working in the personal development, mentoring, and mental health fields, working with a broad range and severity of issues including: anxiety and depression, family/relationship conflicts, life transitions, trauma/abuse, challenges in being neuro-atypical, and the affirmation of sexual orientation and gender identity.
020 3835 5796 View 020 3835 5796
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Monet Taylor
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
London N8
I offer a 15-minute complimentary phone call to establish your reasons for coming to therapy. I like to work with your therapeutic goal in mind and every 4-6 weeks we will have a review to ensure that therapy is fulfilling the therapeutic goal. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with a therapist can help you in making sense of challenging experiences and support you in personal growth and self-awareness. I like to work with Intergenerational patterns in mind and I am interested in the messages we receive from the body looking at somatic exercises and breath work supporting you in releasing tension, stress and anxiety.
I offer a 15-minute complimentary phone call to establish your reasons for coming to therapy. I like to work with your therapeutic goal in mind and every 4-6 weeks we will have a review to ensure that therapy is fulfilling the therapeutic goal. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with a therapist can help you in making sense of challenging experiences and support you in personal growth and self-awareness. I like to work with Intergenerational patterns in mind and I am interested in the messages we receive from the body looking at somatic exercises and breath work supporting you in releasing tension, stress and anxiety.
020 4538 5218 View 020 4538 5218
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Becky Carter
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
London W1H
My passion for working with Trauma and Somatic practices mean I tailor my approach to gently work with the multi-layered impact of trauma, inviting the body into our work as a guide in the healing process.
Therapy allows us to explore the things that trouble us most and tend to emotional wounds with the attentive support and expertise of another. Complex emotions such as shame, worry and fear of judgement, often keep us silent in our struggles which we are not supposed to confront alone. You may be struggling with overwhelming anxieties, challenging relationships and navigating life transitions, or you might want to change negative self-beliefs, process painful or traumatic life events and cultivate a more loving relationship with yourself and your body - whatever it may be, I welcome you and am here to walk alongside you.
My passion for working with Trauma and Somatic practices mean I tailor my approach to gently work with the multi-layered impact of trauma, inviting the body into our work as a guide in the healing process.
Therapy allows us to explore the things that trouble us most and tend to emotional wounds with the attentive support and expertise of another. Complex emotions such as shame, worry and fear of judgement, often keep us silent in our struggles which we are not supposed to confront alone. You may be struggling with overwhelming anxieties, challenging relationships and navigating life transitions, or you might want to change negative self-beliefs, process painful or traumatic life events and cultivate a more loving relationship with yourself and your body - whatever it may be, I welcome you and am here to walk alongside you.
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Somatic Psychotherapy
PhD
Verified Verified
London W1D  (Online Only)
I trained in Bodynamic Somatic Psychotherapy and Analysis System (Amsterdam, Netherlands), as well as at Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapists (London, UK).
Have overwhelming events of the past marked your relationships with yourself and the world? Does your present life context trigger difficult emotional reactions, interpersonal or professional challenges? Do you suffer from lingering mental health issues and want to improve your wellbeing? Therapy can provide a safe trasformational opportunity to explore and heal what is difficult in your life. My role is to offer you a confidential and non-judgmental space for understanding, processing and learning how to manage unresolved, often conflicting feelings, thoughts and actions which impact quality of your life and relationships.
I trained in Bodynamic Somatic Psychotherapy and Analysis System (Amsterdam, Netherlands), as well as at Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapists (London, UK).
Have overwhelming events of the past marked your relationships with yourself and the world? Does your present life context trigger difficult emotional reactions, interpersonal or professional challenges? Do you suffer from lingering mental health issues and want to improve your wellbeing? Therapy can provide a safe trasformational opportunity to explore and heal what is difficult in your life. My role is to offer you a confidential and non-judgmental space for understanding, processing and learning how to manage unresolved, often conflicting feelings, thoughts and actions which impact quality of your life and relationships.
020 8103 0356 View 020 8103 0356
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Dr Caroline Douglas-Pennant
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
London SW3
I have worked in the NHS for 25 years, across a variety of settings and am currently undertaking an MA in Family Therapy. Neuro-biology and Somatic psychology are also areas that inform my practice. This includes helping individuals to understand choices around mental health medication, how the body and mind are 'one' and are both informed by the 'fight or flight' response, attachment styles and survival strategies. I use NVR (Non-Violent Resolution) to support families and young people with challenging behaviours.
I have worked in the NHS for 25 years, across a variety of settings and am currently undertaking an MA in Family Therapy. Neuro-biology and Somatic psychology are also areas that inform my practice. This includes helping individuals to understand choices around mental health medication, how the body and mind are 'one' and are both informed by the 'fight or flight' response, attachment styles and survival strategies. I use NVR (Non-Violent Resolution) to support families and young people with challenging behaviours.
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Nishah Dennison
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
London SW19  (Online Only)
My approach incorporates Neuroscience, Trauma Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Somatic Body Approaches, Developmental Psychology, Psychoeducation, Internal Family Systems, Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic (root causes) and Humanistic Relational approaches.
I use therapeutic methods that have a proven track record of effectiveness, my clients often experience change and movement from the first session or two. Therapy is based on Best Practice and Clinical Evidence, utilising 25yrs of clinical experience. I previously worked as NHS Adult Psychotherapist, Adult Psychotherapist with Psychiatric Out-Patients, Professional Debriefing and Training of Addiction Counsellors, NHS Public Health Advisor, Director of Psychotherapy at Regents University and Clinical Director in the private therapy sector. Sessions start from 8am and are available during lunch hours. Visit my website for more info.
My approach incorporates Neuroscience, Trauma Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Somatic Body Approaches, Developmental Psychology, Psychoeducation, Internal Family Systems, Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic (root causes) and Humanistic Relational approaches.
I use therapeutic methods that have a proven track record of effectiveness, my clients often experience change and movement from the first session or two. Therapy is based on Best Practice and Clinical Evidence, utilising 25yrs of clinical experience. I previously worked as NHS Adult Psychotherapist, Adult Psychotherapist with Psychiatric Out-Patients, Professional Debriefing and Training of Addiction Counsellors, NHS Public Health Advisor, Director of Psychotherapy at Regents University and Clinical Director in the private therapy sector. Sessions start from 8am and are available during lunch hours. Visit my website for more info.
01929 500563 View 01929 500563
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Simone Hacker
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
London SE1
As a relational, somatic and transpersonal therapist, I have a creative and intuitive approach which is trauma-informed and values the whole of your being.
Most of my clients come to therapy because they don’t feel in charge of their lives and feel stuck, lost and innerly torn, often accompanied by anxieties and low moods or mood swings. Many times this is related to earlier trauma and attachment-based issues. I intend to create a safe space for you to unpack what is at the root of your distress and help you connect with your feelings, values, beliefs and your body. I have deep respect for what has gotten you this far as well as the patterns you want to change and the direction you want to shift your life into. This can be a path of liberation, empowerment and deep self-connection.
As a relational, somatic and transpersonal therapist, I have a creative and intuitive approach which is trauma-informed and values the whole of your being.
Most of my clients come to therapy because they don’t feel in charge of their lives and feel stuck, lost and innerly torn, often accompanied by anxieties and low moods or mood swings. Many times this is related to earlier trauma and attachment-based issues. I intend to create a safe space for you to unpack what is at the root of your distress and help you connect with your feelings, values, beliefs and your body. I have deep respect for what has gotten you this far as well as the patterns you want to change and the direction you want to shift your life into. This can be a path of liberation, empowerment and deep self-connection.
020 4538 8796 View 020 4538 8796
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Sarah Colbourne
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
London W10
Therapy also called psychotherapy or counselling, is the process of meeting with a therapist to resolve problematic behaviours, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, or somatic responses (sensations in the body).
Explore The Possibilities of In-person & Online Counselling. I understand that life's challenges are unique and complex for all individuals. If you're feeling lost, stressed, alone and isolated, we can journey together towards a future and life that feels alive, full, enriching and satisfying for you. Experience a safe contained and holding environment to explore Anxiety, Depression, Eating disorders, Stress, Menopause, trauma, Generational trauma, Racial trauma, Childhood and Attachment concerns, and Identity and diversity issues.
Therapy also called psychotherapy or counselling, is the process of meeting with a therapist to resolve problematic behaviours, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, or somatic responses (sensations in the body).
Explore The Possibilities of In-person & Online Counselling. I understand that life's challenges are unique and complex for all individuals. If you're feeling lost, stressed, alone and isolated, we can journey together towards a future and life that feels alive, full, enriching and satisfying for you. Experience a safe contained and holding environment to explore Anxiety, Depression, Eating disorders, Stress, Menopause, trauma, Generational trauma, Racial trauma, Childhood and Attachment concerns, and Identity and diversity issues.
020 3835 4074 View 020 3835 4074
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Emma Reicher
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
London NW1
I am a one of a kind practitioner, weaving the expertise and professionalism of psychotherapy into a progressive practice led by the deep listening of BodyMind Maturation Coaching & the somatic release of Elemental Chi Kung. I help people to outgrow the painful, repeating loop of the past and rejoin the flow of Life.
I am a one of a kind practitioner, weaving the expertise and professionalism of psychotherapy into a progressive practice led by the deep listening of BodyMind Maturation Coaching & the somatic release of Elemental Chi Kung. I help people to outgrow the painful, repeating loop of the past and rejoin the flow of Life.
020 3835 6239 View 020 3835 6239
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Ailey Jolie
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
London EC2V
I am a fully certified Compassionate Inquiry, Somatic Experiencing and Focusing-Oriented Practitioner.
I am passionate about supporting you to live fully within the wisdom of your body. I support those who have experienced a disconnection from their body due to sexual trauma, relational abuse, an eating disorder/disordered eating, and reproductive health trauma. I assist clients in coming home to their bodies through a multidisciplinary and personalized approach that relies on depth psychology, relational somatics, intersectional feminism, and mindfulness. I acknowledge that women's relationship with their bodies is complex; my education honours that complexity.
I am a fully certified Compassionate Inquiry, Somatic Experiencing and Focusing-Oriented Practitioner.
I am passionate about supporting you to live fully within the wisdom of your body. I support those who have experienced a disconnection from their body due to sexual trauma, relational abuse, an eating disorder/disordered eating, and reproductive health trauma. I assist clients in coming home to their bodies through a multidisciplinary and personalized approach that relies on depth psychology, relational somatics, intersectional feminism, and mindfulness. I acknowledge that women's relationship with their bodies is complex; my education honours that complexity.
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Beth Win
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
London E15
Hi, I'm Beth, an Integrative Counsellor & Psychodynamic Therapist whom is also trained as a somatic (body) based trauma informed yoga teacher & wellbeing coach. I offer my clients an opportunity and experience of a non-judgemental, compassionate, nurturing, confidential, trauma informed and professionally supportive therapeutic space where they can expect opportunities to be heard, and respected, receive support, space and the time to explore their relationship with themselves, with others and the impact and influence of their life experience and events and how these may be impacting or shaping their current relationship with life.
Hi, I'm Beth, an Integrative Counsellor & Psychodynamic Therapist whom is also trained as a somatic (body) based trauma informed yoga teacher & wellbeing coach. I offer my clients an opportunity and experience of a non-judgemental, compassionate, nurturing, confidential, trauma informed and professionally supportive therapeutic space where they can expect opportunities to be heard, and respected, receive support, space and the time to explore their relationship with themselves, with others and the impact and influence of their life experience and events and how these may be impacting or shaping their current relationship with life.
020 7123 8575 View 020 7123 8575
Dr Beatrice Allegranti
Psychotherapist, PhD, MUKCP
Verified Verified
London W5
As a UKCP registered integrative movement psychotherapist, with over 25 years of experience, I offer a feminist psychodynamic somatic approach tailored to your journey.
Life is embodied and movement shapes our interactions in the world. Perhaps you're navigating trauma, sexual and domestic violence, or profound loss, or yearning for your intersecting identities to be understood and honoured. The body, under stress, may respond through illness, physical symptoms, behavioural patterns, and/or emotional difficulties in relationships. Physical and psychological health and intertwined. Through one-to-one sessions or group work, we'll explore the dynamic interplay between body, trauma, and identity, guiding you towards re-forming patterns, emotional regulation, personal growth and development.
As a UKCP registered integrative movement psychotherapist, with over 25 years of experience, I offer a feminist psychodynamic somatic approach tailored to your journey.
Life is embodied and movement shapes our interactions in the world. Perhaps you're navigating trauma, sexual and domestic violence, or profound loss, or yearning for your intersecting identities to be understood and honoured. The body, under stress, may respond through illness, physical symptoms, behavioural patterns, and/or emotional difficulties in relationships. Physical and psychological health and intertwined. Through one-to-one sessions or group work, we'll explore the dynamic interplay between body, trauma, and identity, guiding you towards re-forming patterns, emotional regulation, personal growth and development.
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Claire Peverelli
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London E9  (Online Only)
As a trauma- informed, warm, resilient integrative arts psychotherapist with somatic EMDR certification, I provide a resource-focused, nonjudgmental space to explore the things that are troubling you and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life's obstacles.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by your emotions? Are you experiencing anxiety, depression or lack of self-confidence? Are you struggling with relationships or difficult events in your life? Do you feel stuck on things that happened in the past? Seeking therapy is a brave choice and a responsible thing to do. By choosing to explore what’s troubling you, you are taking a positive step in getting unstuck. Therapy can be hard work, but it is an opportunity to reconnect with yourself and others in your life, explore and let go of the things that are no longer serving you and feel empower to live a more fulfilling life.
As a trauma- informed, warm, resilient integrative arts psychotherapist with somatic EMDR certification, I provide a resource-focused, nonjudgmental space to explore the things that are troubling you and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life's obstacles.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by your emotions? Are you experiencing anxiety, depression or lack of self-confidence? Are you struggling with relationships or difficult events in your life? Do you feel stuck on things that happened in the past? Seeking therapy is a brave choice and a responsible thing to do. By choosing to explore what’s troubling you, you are taking a positive step in getting unstuck. Therapy can be hard work, but it is an opportunity to reconnect with yourself and others in your life, explore and let go of the things that are no longer serving you and feel empower to live a more fulfilling life.
07480 800795 View 07480 800795
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Jane Aldred
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London N8  (Online Only)
My specialist area is trauma, Inner-child retrieval, somatic mind/body work used to clear neurological patterns and energetic trauma including childhood.
I’m here to help and support you in a time of need, be it anxiety, depression trauma (EMDR) or simply a difficult or transitional time in your life. I use a gentle but direct approach to counselling and include somatic Psychotherapeutic body work to build self trust, confidence and resilience releasing internal conflict often with Immediate calming results. I work both long and short term with over 20 years experience as a therapist and mental health. Most people at some point find them self in need of counselling working together will support you through the changes you need to make.
My specialist area is trauma, Inner-child retrieval, somatic mind/body work used to clear neurological patterns and energetic trauma including childhood.
I’m here to help and support you in a time of need, be it anxiety, depression trauma (EMDR) or simply a difficult or transitional time in your life. I use a gentle but direct approach to counselling and include somatic Psychotherapeutic body work to build self trust, confidence and resilience releasing internal conflict often with Immediate calming results. I work both long and short term with over 20 years experience as a therapist and mental health. Most people at some point find them self in need of counselling working together will support you through the changes you need to make.
01992 929637 View 01992 929637
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Virginia M Geffroy
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London W1K
I am an accredited integrative psychotherapist (MBACP) with a special focus on trauma and dissociation. I work relationally, which means that, through the therapeutic relationship, you are encouraged to understand how early experiences and past relationships impact on your present difficulties. In order to access emotions and past traumatic experiences trapped in the body I sometimes use a more mindful and somatic approach in addition to traditional talking therapies. Of special interest to me is how unresolved and traumatic experiences can be healed and transformed by a greater integration of the mind and body.
I am an accredited integrative psychotherapist (MBACP) with a special focus on trauma and dissociation. I work relationally, which means that, through the therapeutic relationship, you are encouraged to understand how early experiences and past relationships impact on your present difficulties. In order to access emotions and past traumatic experiences trapped in the body I sometimes use a more mindful and somatic approach in addition to traditional talking therapies. Of special interest to me is how unresolved and traumatic experiences can be healed and transformed by a greater integration of the mind and body.
01748 901264 View 01748 901264
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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.