Somatic Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Gissell Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92101
Hello and welcome! I am a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am committed to providing all my clients with compassionate support, an affirming space to be themselves, and a lens of curiosity and acceptance free of judgment. I work with adults and couples challenged by relationship issues, trauma, grief, life transitions, anxiety, somatic symptoms, identity issues, gender dysphoria, depression, and neurodivergence. Through our work we can help you identify and break out of cycles that are no longer serving you, renew your sense of hope & zest for life, and create lifelong changes.
Hello and welcome! I am a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am committed to providing all my clients with compassionate support, an affirming space to be themselves, and a lens of curiosity and acceptance free of judgment. I work with adults and couples challenged by relationship issues, trauma, grief, life transitions, anxiety, somatic symptoms, identity issues, gender dysphoria, depression, and neurodivergence. Through our work we can help you identify and break out of cycles that are no longer serving you, renew your sense of hope & zest for life, and create lifelong changes.
(619) 853-4568 View (619) 853-4568
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Nastassja Vargas Lcsw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Treatment approaches can include but are not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parts Work Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping), Neuro-Nutrient Therapy, and/or Brainspotting.
My areas of expertise include: depression, anxiety, adjustment/relational issues, self-esteem, and trauma. Treatment is tailored to each individual person. A holistic therapy approach is utilized, which is the combination of contemporary and alternative treatments with evidence-based practices to assist a person in achieving balance in mind, body, and energy. A deeper understanding of the whole self can lead to increased self-awareness, self-esteem, self-acceptance, and emotional/physical well-being.
Treatment approaches can include but are not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parts Work Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping), Neuro-Nutrient Therapy, and/or Brainspotting.
My areas of expertise include: depression, anxiety, adjustment/relational issues, self-esteem, and trauma. Treatment is tailored to each individual person. A holistic therapy approach is utilized, which is the combination of contemporary and alternative treatments with evidence-based practices to assist a person in achieving balance in mind, body, and energy. A deeper understanding of the whole self can lead to increased self-awareness, self-esteem, self-acceptance, and emotional/physical well-being.
(619) 404-0326 View (619) 404-0326
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Sherry Kalish
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92127
Through an integrative approach encompassing psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and somatic-based techniques, I assist you in reaching your goals through a holistic and individualized process.
At my practice, I take a holistic and collaborative approach to therapy, working in partnership with you to provide the support and tools you need to feel empowered and in control of your life. I offer guidance on managing stressors, navigating work-life balance, boosting self-esteem, addressing perfectionism, combating burnout, and enhancing relationships in both personal and professional spheres. I am also dedicated to working with women on a diverse range of issues, including infertility, pregnancy, postpartum, body image, and the challenges of motherhood.
Through an integrative approach encompassing psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and somatic-based techniques, I assist you in reaching your goals through a holistic and individualized process.
At my practice, I take a holistic and collaborative approach to therapy, working in partnership with you to provide the support and tools you need to feel empowered and in control of your life. I offer guidance on managing stressors, navigating work-life balance, boosting self-esteem, addressing perfectionism, combating burnout, and enhancing relationships in both personal and professional spheres. I am also dedicated to working with women on a diverse range of issues, including infertility, pregnancy, postpartum, body image, and the challenges of motherhood.
(858) 732-9219 View (858) 732-9219
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Laura Merritt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Are you grappling with chronic stress or the effect of past trauma? With over two decades of experience, I've helped people like you, struggling with anxiety, mood disorders, and traumatic experiences. Together, we'll begin a journey to uncover the roots of your problems, create peace of mind and equipping you with tools to navigate difficult emotions. Using modalities such as EMDR, cognitive, and somatic therapies, along with holistic practices, we'll cultivate sustainable transformation. Specializing in anxiety, PTSD, and post-traumatic recovery, I provide a nurturing environment for healing.
Are you grappling with chronic stress or the effect of past trauma? With over two decades of experience, I've helped people like you, struggling with anxiety, mood disorders, and traumatic experiences. Together, we'll begin a journey to uncover the roots of your problems, create peace of mind and equipping you with tools to navigate difficult emotions. Using modalities such as EMDR, cognitive, and somatic therapies, along with holistic practices, we'll cultivate sustainable transformation. Specializing in anxiety, PTSD, and post-traumatic recovery, I provide a nurturing environment for healing.
(650) 374-0889 View (650) 374-0889
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Heidi McGann Intuitive Healing Services
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Waitlist for new clients
Hi, I'm Heidi. I believe in approaching healing from an integrative and holistic lens (mental, emotional, physical, energetic, and spiritual). I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a certified Hypnotherapist, a certified Life Coach and a Master Practitioner of Energy Medicine. I utilize a person centered approach and I have training in hypnotherapy, energy psychology, mindfulness, somatic therapy and Rapid Resolution Therapy. I integrate techniques and tools that allow for deeper level processing and shifting in order to clear old wounds and traumas that are holding clients back from living the lives they want.
Hi, I'm Heidi. I believe in approaching healing from an integrative and holistic lens (mental, emotional, physical, energetic, and spiritual). I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a certified Hypnotherapist, a certified Life Coach and a Master Practitioner of Energy Medicine. I utilize a person centered approach and I have training in hypnotherapy, energy psychology, mindfulness, somatic therapy and Rapid Resolution Therapy. I integrate techniques and tools that allow for deeper level processing and shifting in order to clear old wounds and traumas that are holding clients back from living the lives they want.
(619) 695-1712 x101 View (619) 695-1712 x101
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Judith (Jae) Davis
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123  (Online Only)
I'd love to lead you through somatic breathing and movement exercises with your permission as we work to break down barriers in your life.
I am a culturally affirming Mental Health Therapist with over 10 yrs of experience in the field. I work with adults and young adults from diverse backgrounds, with a focus on underrepresented groups. We will identify your objectives, potential roadblocks, and strategies for overcoming them. I practice through a lens of self-compassion. My areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: Moms; life/career transitions; addiction; relationships; self-esteem; mood disorders; body image; and trauma. Therapy is a collaborative journey, and I'd like to work with you to improve the quality of your life and achieve mental well-being.
I'd love to lead you through somatic breathing and movement exercises with your permission as we work to break down barriers in your life.
I am a culturally affirming Mental Health Therapist with over 10 yrs of experience in the field. I work with adults and young adults from diverse backgrounds, with a focus on underrepresented groups. We will identify your objectives, potential roadblocks, and strategies for overcoming them. I practice through a lens of self-compassion. My areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: Moms; life/career transitions; addiction; relationships; self-esteem; mood disorders; body image; and trauma. Therapy is a collaborative journey, and I'd like to work with you to improve the quality of your life and achieve mental well-being.
(619) 332-2292 View (619) 332-2292
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Chelsea Herr
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92109
I employ the use of evidence-based modalities to guide my practice, integrating the profound wisdom of holistic modalities and somatic approaches into my therapeutic work.
Are you seeking meaningful human connection and healing that can support you in discovering and developing a more lively and authentic sense of self and embodiment in life? Whether you are experiencing the debilitating aftermath of trauma, addiction, loss, interpersonal difficulties, or feeling emotionally disconnected with anxiety or depression, I invite you to reach out. I have engaged in years of specialized training in trauma-informed care, and utilize a collaborative and compassionate approach to counseling in an effort to foster hope, healing and resilience.
I employ the use of evidence-based modalities to guide my practice, integrating the profound wisdom of holistic modalities and somatic approaches into my therapeutic work.
Are you seeking meaningful human connection and healing that can support you in discovering and developing a more lively and authentic sense of self and embodiment in life? Whether you are experiencing the debilitating aftermath of trauma, addiction, loss, interpersonal difficulties, or feeling emotionally disconnected with anxiety or depression, I invite you to reach out. I have engaged in years of specialized training in trauma-informed care, and utilize a collaborative and compassionate approach to counseling in an effort to foster hope, healing and resilience.
(619) 404-0297 View (619) 404-0297
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Eva Michelle Belanger
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, SEP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
Somatic Experiencing (SE), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness are how I practice and help you attain health.
Human beings have an innate capacity towards healing and are unconsciously driven to be better psychologically, even when we think we are at our worst. In other words, we already have all we need to get better, we just need to access it. Naturally, our bodies, minds, and hearts seek equilibrium, peace and ultimately joy; a fully embodied human coherence. Together, in a safe, compassionate, and non judgmental environment we can create positive change for you. My personal goal is to be a safe container for you to explore your internal self, while ultimately helping you reach the goals you aim to achieve in therapy. I truly believe in people and their ability to self actualize, heal, and to live life with happiness and satisfaction.
Somatic Experiencing (SE), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness are how I practice and help you attain health.
Human beings have an innate capacity towards healing and are unconsciously driven to be better psychologically, even when we think we are at our worst. In other words, we already have all we need to get better, we just need to access it. Naturally, our bodies, minds, and hearts seek equilibrium, peace and ultimately joy; a fully embodied human coherence. Together, in a safe, compassionate, and non judgmental environment we can create positive change for you. My personal goal is to be a safe container for you to explore your internal self, while ultimately helping you reach the goals you aim to achieve in therapy. I truly believe in people and their ability to self actualize, heal, and to live life with happiness and satisfaction.
(619) 900-6912 View (619) 900-6912
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Amira Gregory- Expansive Therapy
Counselor, ACSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
I'll share contemplative, mindfulness, and somatic practices to support your therapeutic goals.
As a Black, queer clinician, I have witnessed the mental health challenges that can arise while existing in environments that do not affirm our identities. My practice is dedicated to uplifting the lives and experiences of historically marginalized communities, including Black and Indigenous People of Color and the LGBTQ+ community. My aim is to promote resilience, empowerment, and authenticity by cultivating an affirmative therapeutic relationship. We will utilize tools to help you gain insight into your life and relationships, and deepen your capacity to be present with distressing emotions.
I'll share contemplative, mindfulness, and somatic practices to support your therapeutic goals.
As a Black, queer clinician, I have witnessed the mental health challenges that can arise while existing in environments that do not affirm our identities. My practice is dedicated to uplifting the lives and experiences of historically marginalized communities, including Black and Indigenous People of Color and the LGBTQ+ community. My aim is to promote resilience, empowerment, and authenticity by cultivating an affirmative therapeutic relationship. We will utilize tools to help you gain insight into your life and relationships, and deepen your capacity to be present with distressing emotions.
(213) 632-3539 View (213) 632-3539
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Maggie Locke
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, CBT, SE, Practio
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92107
I am a traditionally-trained psychotherapist who employs somatic approaches which consider the person's physiology alongside thoughts and feelings.
I view therapy as a search to discover more meaning and satisfaction in life, free from crippling symptoms. Although crisis often drives people into therapy, they often leave with precious opportunites for new life. Energy that had been spent managing problems like anxiety, addiction and depression can be used to create a life of healthy purpose and pleasure. I view my role as providing therapeutic presence to create a safe environment and caring relationship, elements necessary to support one's search for authentic self and healthy self-expression.
I am a traditionally-trained psychotherapist who employs somatic approaches which consider the person's physiology alongside thoughts and feelings.
I view therapy as a search to discover more meaning and satisfaction in life, free from crippling symptoms. Although crisis often drives people into therapy, they often leave with precious opportunites for new life. Energy that had been spent managing problems like anxiety, addiction and depression can be used to create a life of healthy purpose and pleasure. I view my role as providing therapeutic presence to create a safe environment and caring relationship, elements necessary to support one's search for authentic self and healthy self-expression.
(619) 324-3780 View (619) 324-3780
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Abi Weissman-Waves A Psych Co. Centering Lgbtq+ Care
Psychologist, PsyD, MHP-500
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92101
Through queer and/or trans-centered individualized weekly talk and/or somatic therapy, Waves psychologists and therapists help teens and adults, including families, & relational units, better understand themselves and start living their best life. We offer queer and trans - affirming trauma-informed talk therapy, EMDR, and Connecting to Your body sessions using Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. We are all about neurodiversity and are actively working towards being anti-racist. We are also fat-affirming and Jewish - knowledgeable.
Through queer and/or trans-centered individualized weekly talk and/or somatic therapy, Waves psychologists and therapists help teens and adults, including families, & relational units, better understand themselves and start living their best life. We offer queer and trans - affirming trauma-informed talk therapy, EMDR, and Connecting to Your body sessions using Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. We are all about neurodiversity and are actively working towards being anti-racist. We are also fat-affirming and Jewish - knowledgeable.
(619) 403-5578 View (619) 403-5578
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Lauren Thibodeau
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92128
Lauren utilizes gender-affirming therapy, experiential, attachment-based interventions, somatic experiencing, and internal family systems therapies.
Lauren treats adults, couples, families, and adolescents, and is especially passionate in providing resources and care to the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities. She works with various clients, and while trained in a range of treatment types, she strives to tailor her therapeutic approach to each person and their unique, individual needs.
Lauren utilizes gender-affirming therapy, experiential, attachment-based interventions, somatic experiencing, and internal family systems therapies.
Lauren treats adults, couples, families, and adolescents, and is especially passionate in providing resources and care to the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities. She works with various clients, and while trained in a range of treatment types, she strives to tailor her therapeutic approach to each person and their unique, individual needs.
(657) 214-7701 View (657) 214-7701
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Shannon Jones Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, AT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92104  (Online Only)
Are you feeling lost? Stuck? Like there isn't solid ground under your feet? If you’ve made it here, I believe you have already started your journey towards personal growth. If you're looking for clarity, acceptance, and well-being, I'm here to help. As a trauma-informed therapist, I utilize a holistic and humanistic approach that incorporates mindfulness, somatic therapy, and art therapy.
Are you feeling lost? Stuck? Like there isn't solid ground under your feet? If you’ve made it here, I believe you have already started your journey towards personal growth. If you're looking for clarity, acceptance, and well-being, I'm here to help. As a trauma-informed therapist, I utilize a holistic and humanistic approach that incorporates mindfulness, somatic therapy, and art therapy.
(858) 257-0319 View (858) 257-0319
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Reannan Last
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92122
Waitlist for new clients
I am a trauma-informed somatic psychotherapist, passionate about supporting the healing process. I take a holistic approach to mental health and somatic therapy blends traditional talk therapy with an awareness and honoring of the body and the nervous system. Clients of mine can expect a warm and welcoming space to create a new connection to self and move towards health and wellness. This process looks different for everyone and we will work together to get a full picture of the issues you are dealing with, your needs and your goals.
I am a trauma-informed somatic psychotherapist, passionate about supporting the healing process. I take a holistic approach to mental health and somatic therapy blends traditional talk therapy with an awareness and honoring of the body and the nervous system. Clients of mine can expect a warm and welcoming space to create a new connection to self and move towards health and wellness. This process looks different for everyone and we will work together to get a full picture of the issues you are dealing with, your needs and your goals.
(858) 247-3936 View (858) 247-3936
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Linda Collins
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Mind and body approaches that I teach and support in psychotherapy include somatic experiencing, mindful awareness of present moment experience of thoughts, sensations and emotions with kindness towards oneself and non-judgement.
I specialize in an integration of mind and body approaches for working with personal and relationship change. This might include learning mindful awareness practices, self-compassion, stress-reduction skills and approaches for working with negative thoughts and emotional reactivity. These practices are very helpful for clients working with issues such as anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress symptoms, depression, relationship issues, stress-related physical problems and life transitions. I work with couples to support improved communication, conflict resolution, reduced reactivity and improved emotional connection.
Mind and body approaches that I teach and support in psychotherapy include somatic experiencing, mindful awareness of present moment experience of thoughts, sensations and emotions with kindness towards oneself and non-judgement.
I specialize in an integration of mind and body approaches for working with personal and relationship change. This might include learning mindful awareness practices, self-compassion, stress-reduction skills and approaches for working with negative thoughts and emotional reactivity. These practices are very helpful for clients working with issues such as anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress symptoms, depression, relationship issues, stress-related physical problems and life transitions. I work with couples to support improved communication, conflict resolution, reduced reactivity and improved emotional connection.
(858) 201-4325 View (858) 201-4325
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Dr. Hedieh Azadmehr
Psychologist, PhD, SEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92130
I am trained in Brainspotting and in training for Somatic Experiencing.
Do traumas from the past hold you back? Are you stuck in addiction and tired of stigmas and judgments? Every time you tried to change, the intrusive negative thoughts and anxiety overwhelm you. it's so scary to think about sharing your secrets with a stranger. I understand how traumatic past experience sets a limit on individuals ability to deal with stress, where the drugs become the solution and how the two are connected. Whether you are struggling with addition, rejection or loss, abuse or trauma, I am here to help. I integrate various therapeutic modalities to tailor treatment based on every individual's unique needs.
I am trained in Brainspotting and in training for Somatic Experiencing.
Do traumas from the past hold you back? Are you stuck in addiction and tired of stigmas and judgments? Every time you tried to change, the intrusive negative thoughts and anxiety overwhelm you. it's so scary to think about sharing your secrets with a stranger. I understand how traumatic past experience sets a limit on individuals ability to deal with stress, where the drugs become the solution and how the two are connected. Whether you are struggling with addition, rejection or loss, abuse or trauma, I am here to help. I integrate various therapeutic modalities to tailor treatment based on every individual's unique needs.
(858) 758-4409 View (858) 758-4409
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Keller Rich
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92122
The modalities I use include motivational interviewing, CBT, family systems approach for relational therapy, somatic and attachment focused EMDR.
I have extensive experience working with adolescents and adults suffering from a range of different issues including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, PTSD and severe mental illness. I am passionate about working with individuals and families to create a supportive, caring environment in which each individual can flourish within their family system. I also work with athletes experiencing a range of different issues including performance anxiety, stress management, and body image issues.
The modalities I use include motivational interviewing, CBT, family systems approach for relational therapy, somatic and attachment focused EMDR.
I have extensive experience working with adolescents and adults suffering from a range of different issues including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, PTSD and severe mental illness. I am passionate about working with individuals and families to create a supportive, caring environment in which each individual can flourish within their family system. I also work with athletes experiencing a range of different issues including performance anxiety, stress management, and body image issues.
(858) 221-0344 View (858) 221-0344
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Ann Anderson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
Trained as both a psychotherapist and a nurse my approach offers a unique mind-body and somatic perspective.
Nobody’s childhood dream was to grow up and feel overwhelmed, alone, stuck or unworthy. I aim to help individuals heal from trauma-related issues such as anxiety, depression, and relationship/family issues. If you find yourself living without a navigation system to understand emotional terrain or trauma that impacts your well-being; you are not alone. All of us go through rough patches in our lives. My approach is specific to meet your unique needs in a safe and non-judgemental space.
Trained as both a psychotherapist and a nurse my approach offers a unique mind-body and somatic perspective.
Nobody’s childhood dream was to grow up and feel overwhelmed, alone, stuck or unworthy. I aim to help individuals heal from trauma-related issues such as anxiety, depression, and relationship/family issues. If you find yourself living without a navigation system to understand emotional terrain or trauma that impacts your well-being; you are not alone. All of us go through rough patches in our lives. My approach is specific to meet your unique needs in a safe and non-judgemental space.
(760) 280-9425 View (760) 280-9425
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Traci Wilson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92106
I incorporate exploration of psycho-somatic connections, working through a variety of issues including grief, trauma, anxiety and life transitions.
Life experiences can impact us in surprising, often difficult, and even traumatic ways leaving us feeling out of touch with ourselves and those around us. We all have a desire to feel understood, and that journey often begins within ourselves. My goal in therapy is to create a space where you feel heard and safe while we explore deeper into who you are and begin to wrestle with the question “where do I go from here?”.
I incorporate exploration of psycho-somatic connections, working through a variety of issues including grief, trauma, anxiety and life transitions.
Life experiences can impact us in surprising, often difficult, and even traumatic ways leaving us feeling out of touch with ourselves and those around us. We all have a desire to feel understood, and that journey often begins within ourselves. My goal in therapy is to create a space where you feel heard and safe while we explore deeper into who you are and begin to wrestle with the question “where do I go from here?”.
(619) 639-4291 View (619) 639-4291
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Leanne Greenberg
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92122  (Online Only)
We'll use Cognitive, Humanistic, and Somatic Therapies.
Struggling with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues can create a feeling of being stuck, with emotions that may seem overwhelming. These challenges can affect not just personal connections but every aspect of life. If you are experiencing difficulties in relationships, at work, or elsewhere in life, you are not alone. It is possible to navigate these waters and find a path to healing. This journey involves exploring your emotions, understanding patterns, and making meaningful changes. If you are seeking to enhance your functioning and alleviate mental health challenges, you are taking a courageous first step.
We'll use Cognitive, Humanistic, and Somatic Therapies.
Struggling with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues can create a feeling of being stuck, with emotions that may seem overwhelming. These challenges can affect not just personal connections but every aspect of life. If you are experiencing difficulties in relationships, at work, or elsewhere in life, you are not alone. It is possible to navigate these waters and find a path to healing. This journey involves exploring your emotions, understanding patterns, and making meaningful changes. If you are seeking to enhance your functioning and alleviate mental health challenges, you are taking a courageous first step.
(858) 330-1499 View (858) 330-1499
Somatic Therapists

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.