Somatic Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Nica Selvaggio
Counselor, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102
Mental health shouldn’t be a privilege. So much of how we feel in our minds and bodies has to do with the identities we inhabit in the world and how our environments do or do not support us. Counseling is a tool that can be helpful when dealing with the natural anxiety, depression, and grief that can arise as a result of living in a culture that refuses to see you or value you. I work with folks through an anti-oppression and somatic (body-based) lens. As a Non-Binary and Queer therapist, I am passionate about the decolonization of the therapy space. The personal is political.
Mental health shouldn’t be a privilege. So much of how we feel in our minds and bodies has to do with the identities we inhabit in the world and how our environments do or do not support us. Counseling is a tool that can be helpful when dealing with the natural anxiety, depression, and grief that can arise as a result of living in a culture that refuses to see you or value you. I work with folks through an anti-oppression and somatic (body-based) lens. As a Non-Binary and Queer therapist, I am passionate about the decolonization of the therapy space. The personal is political.
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Elizabeth Hough
Counselor, LMHC, R-DMT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103
In addition to traditional talk therapy, I utilize techniques from somatic, dance, movement, and expressive arts therapies to help you find ways to build a stronger relationship with your body and nervous system.
Availability as of 7/2: Tuesday 2pm (every other) and Floating Slots. The world is real rough sometimes isn't it? Let's find a gentle place for you to land. You might find your heart racing thinking about a stressful conversation or notice that you struggle to breathe after being reminded of a trauma from the past. You’ve been living with this for a while and thought it would just ease with time, but it feels like something in your nervous system is just mis-wired. Through body-based, creative, and relational work we can create a space that allows your body to soften and settle, to find a little more peace.
In addition to traditional talk therapy, I utilize techniques from somatic, dance, movement, and expressive arts therapies to help you find ways to build a stronger relationship with your body and nervous system.
Availability as of 7/2: Tuesday 2pm (every other) and Floating Slots. The world is real rough sometimes isn't it? Let's find a gentle place for you to land. You might find your heart racing thinking about a stressful conversation or notice that you struggle to breathe after being reminded of a trauma from the past. You’ve been living with this for a while and thought it would just ease with time, but it feels like something in your nervous system is just mis-wired. Through body-based, creative, and relational work we can create a space that allows your body to soften and settle, to find a little more peace.
(206) 565-0189 View (206) 565-0189
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Allison Gutscher
Counselor, MA, LMHC, SUDPT, RYT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103
Waitlist for new clients
I work from a holistic, trauma-informed lens and offer a unique combo of talk and somatic therapy. A deeper level of healing can be achieved when we tap into the innate wisdom of the body to cultivate body-mind integration. My somatic approach is informed by yoga therapy, Polyvagal Theory, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Together we get to know and befriend the nervous system and build new pathways toward connection and safety. My therapeutic yoga offerings support every-body. Clients are empowered to reclaim a greater sense of choice and respect for their bodies as they develop their resiliency.
I work from a holistic, trauma-informed lens and offer a unique combo of talk and somatic therapy. A deeper level of healing can be achieved when we tap into the innate wisdom of the body to cultivate body-mind integration. My somatic approach is informed by yoga therapy, Polyvagal Theory, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Together we get to know and befriend the nervous system and build new pathways toward connection and safety. My therapeutic yoga offerings support every-body. Clients are empowered to reclaim a greater sense of choice and respect for their bodies as they develop their resiliency.
(206) 222-6134 View (206) 222-6134
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Agnes Kwong
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98117
I am a strength-based, multicultural & social justice oriented therapist; I integrate interpersonal, somatic, systems, & intersectional feminist approaches into my work.
[My schedule is full. Please contact my group practice's Get In Touch form to see if other clinicians may have openings] You may be considering therapy because you feel stuck or dissatisfied about some parts of your life. You might be aware of the person you want to be and can be, but something is getting in the way of that and you would like to understand what. Or, you might need a place to talk about difficult experiences so you can make sense of them. As someone who truly believes in the healing power of therapy, I am glad you are considering it as a way of reaching your potential, regardless of whom you choose as your therapist.
I am a strength-based, multicultural & social justice oriented therapist; I integrate interpersonal, somatic, systems, & intersectional feminist approaches into my work.
[My schedule is full. Please contact my group practice's Get In Touch form to see if other clinicians may have openings] You may be considering therapy because you feel stuck or dissatisfied about some parts of your life. You might be aware of the person you want to be and can be, but something is getting in the way of that and you would like to understand what. Or, you might need a place to talk about difficult experiences so you can make sense of them. As someone who truly believes in the healing power of therapy, I am glad you are considering it as a way of reaching your potential, regardless of whom you choose as your therapist.
(206) 535-1930 View (206) 535-1930
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Kyra Haglund
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP, ERYT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98116  (Online Only)
Kyra Haglund, LCSW, SEP, E-RYT, is a clinical social worker and Somatic Experiencing practitioner dedicated to working with adolescents and adults in individual and group therapy. She is an integrative therapist that draws on traditional psychodynamic and cognitive interventions, mindfulness practices, and somatic psychotherapy to meet the individual needs of each client. Kyra views therapy as an active process between client and therapist. Within the safe and compassionate environment of the therapeutic relationship, new perspectives on life's challenges and the ability to make healthier choices emerge. The underlying goal is to help the client live a more fulfilling life.
Kyra Haglund, LCSW, SEP, E-RYT, is a clinical social worker and Somatic Experiencing practitioner dedicated to working with adolescents and adults in individual and group therapy. She is an integrative therapist that draws on traditional psychodynamic and cognitive interventions, mindfulness practices, and somatic psychotherapy to meet the individual needs of each client. Kyra views therapy as an active process between client and therapist. Within the safe and compassionate environment of the therapeutic relationship, new perspectives on life's challenges and the ability to make healthier choices emerge. The underlying goal is to help the client live a more fulfilling life.
(310) 499-2685 View (310) 499-2685
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Maia Lucas
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98118  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I draw from various approaches to align with what works for you, including attachment theory, parts work, somatic therapy, and narrative therapy.
I believe therapy should be a collaborative, empowering experience. I'm passionate about working with BIPOC/multiracial, LGBTQIA+, and/or neurodiverse (ADHD/autism) individuals who value deep reflection and would like to co-create a vision for their healing. Past traumas and oppressive systems can impact our sense of self, belonging, agency, and safety. We can navigate these complexities together while also seeking out moments of joy.
I draw from various approaches to align with what works for you, including attachment theory, parts work, somatic therapy, and narrative therapy.
I believe therapy should be a collaborative, empowering experience. I'm passionate about working with BIPOC/multiracial, LGBTQIA+, and/or neurodiverse (ADHD/autism) individuals who value deep reflection and would like to co-create a vision for their healing. Past traumas and oppressive systems can impact our sense of self, belonging, agency, and safety. We can navigate these complexities together while also seeking out moments of joy.
(206) 825-6635 View (206) 825-6635
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Theresa Nuccio
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LMT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98136
I also draw from mindfulness approaches and cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as body-centered counseling and somatic awareness.
I offer an integrative approach to individuals and couples seeking solutions and insight into their life challenges. Client-centered psychotherapy is the basis of my work for concerns such as anxiety and depression, post-traumatic stress, family stressors, relationship issues, difficulties with self-esteem, grief and loss, or life transition. I work with couples, individual adults, and young adults (18+) and provide both short-term and long-term psychotherapy approaches. I have experience with clients who are either in recovery from an addiction themselves or have a family member struggling with these concerns.
I also draw from mindfulness approaches and cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as body-centered counseling and somatic awareness.
I offer an integrative approach to individuals and couples seeking solutions and insight into their life challenges. Client-centered psychotherapy is the basis of my work for concerns such as anxiety and depression, post-traumatic stress, family stressors, relationship issues, difficulties with self-esteem, grief and loss, or life transition. I work with couples, individual adults, and young adults (18+) and provide both short-term and long-term psychotherapy approaches. I have experience with clients who are either in recovery from an addiction themselves or have a family member struggling with these concerns.
(206) 965-8019 View (206) 965-8019
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Kendra Nicole Locke
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109  (Online Only)
My style is direct yet warm, drawing from theories like attachment theory, internal family systems, and somatic theory.
My ideal client seeks understanding and growth, and may be grappling with issues like anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or identity exploration. If you're seeking a non-judgmental space to explore thoughts and emotions, aiming for self-awareness, healing, and effective coping, we may be a good fit for therapy. Motivated by a desire to help my clients live authentically and thrive, I value therapy as a path to personal transformation, seeking to help clients find clarity, resilience, and a fulfilling life aligned with their values and aspirations.
My style is direct yet warm, drawing from theories like attachment theory, internal family systems, and somatic theory.
My ideal client seeks understanding and growth, and may be grappling with issues like anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or identity exploration. If you're seeking a non-judgmental space to explore thoughts and emotions, aiming for self-awareness, healing, and effective coping, we may be a good fit for therapy. Motivated by a desire to help my clients live authentically and thrive, I value therapy as a path to personal transformation, seeking to help clients find clarity, resilience, and a fulfilling life aligned with their values and aspirations.
(425) 585-4960 View (425) 585-4960
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Stacy Lewis
Counselor, LMHC, CHT
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109
I often use Hakomi therapy—a mindful, somatic approach—and support you with skill-building in emotion regulation, communication, and self-care.
We are shaped by our life experiences, and most deeply in our early years by our loved ones. Much of our longing stems from three simple but profound needs: We want to be seen, chosen, and understood. There comes a time when it is worth developing insight into ourselves, from a stable standpoint in the here and now. Maybe you are spending a lot of time in self-doubt or self-criticism, or notice that you are often too frenzied or too tired? Maybe you are recovering from difficult life circumstances or oppressive social systems. It is possible to create healthier and more fulfilling ways of relating to yourself and others.
I often use Hakomi therapy—a mindful, somatic approach—and support you with skill-building in emotion regulation, communication, and self-care.
We are shaped by our life experiences, and most deeply in our early years by our loved ones. Much of our longing stems from three simple but profound needs: We want to be seen, chosen, and understood. There comes a time when it is worth developing insight into ourselves, from a stable standpoint in the here and now. Maybe you are spending a lot of time in self-doubt or self-criticism, or notice that you are often too frenzied or too tired? Maybe you are recovering from difficult life circumstances or oppressive social systems. It is possible to create healthier and more fulfilling ways of relating to yourself and others.
(206) 207-9197 View (206) 207-9197
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Madeline Wilson
Counselor, MA, LMHC, SUDP, ATR, LPC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98177  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Do you feel like you are in a power struggle with yourself? Lets team up and bring some balance to your life by processing and working thought current and past stressors and life events. We can collaborate on building your self esteem and develop a clear identity by utilizing creativity, abstract thinking, somatic practices, mindfulness, and cognitive processing. Imagine a future where you can heal from the impact of trauma, build communication skills to enhance your interpersonal relationships, and improve your overall satisfaction with life. We can work together to address the deep rooted patterns keeping you stuck.
Do you feel like you are in a power struggle with yourself? Lets team up and bring some balance to your life by processing and working thought current and past stressors and life events. We can collaborate on building your self esteem and develop a clear identity by utilizing creativity, abstract thinking, somatic practices, mindfulness, and cognitive processing. Imagine a future where you can heal from the impact of trauma, build communication skills to enhance your interpersonal relationships, and improve your overall satisfaction with life. We can work together to address the deep rooted patterns keeping you stuck.
(206) 208-7956 View (206) 208-7956
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Tiffany Biljum
Counselor, MA, MLIS, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My holistic, collaborative, and trauma-informed approach integrates Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, somatic psychotherapy, polyvagal theory, and interpersonal neurobiology.
I believe we're all whole and naturally seek balance. Unfortunately, emotional wounds and traumas can leave us feeling fragmented and unwell. In our work together, we'll welcome all parts of you with curiosity and compassion, allowing you to tap into the inherent wisdom and healing capacity you already possess. I'll help you understand how and why your nervous system shapes your experience, so you can learn to care for it and in doing so, reshape your story. We'll map out an individualized plan for your unique system with practices to decrease stress and increase wellbeing.
My holistic, collaborative, and trauma-informed approach integrates Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, somatic psychotherapy, polyvagal theory, and interpersonal neurobiology.
I believe we're all whole and naturally seek balance. Unfortunately, emotional wounds and traumas can leave us feeling fragmented and unwell. In our work together, we'll welcome all parts of you with curiosity and compassion, allowing you to tap into the inherent wisdom and healing capacity you already possess. I'll help you understand how and why your nervous system shapes your experience, so you can learn to care for it and in doing so, reshape your story. We'll map out an individualized plan for your unique system with practices to decrease stress and increase wellbeing.
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Sara Bekele
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSWAIC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98109
I utilize a holistic approach and include aspects of ACT, DBT, Mindfulness and somatic-based interventions to help address your goals.
Navigating life’s pressures can be challenging, especially when compounded with the impact of painful live events, intergenerational trauma, and broken systems. It can be daunting to seek help, particularly when our identities are targeted or misunderstood. My passion is supporting women of Color, queer people of Color, and people with immigrant backgrounds in a safe, affirming and warm therapeutic environment in which you can unpack your life story, learn tools for growth, and forge a path towards healing.
I utilize a holistic approach and include aspects of ACT, DBT, Mindfulness and somatic-based interventions to help address your goals.
Navigating life’s pressures can be challenging, especially when compounded with the impact of painful live events, intergenerational trauma, and broken systems. It can be daunting to seek help, particularly when our identities are targeted or misunderstood. My passion is supporting women of Color, queer people of Color, and people with immigrant backgrounds in a safe, affirming and warm therapeutic environment in which you can unpack your life story, learn tools for growth, and forge a path towards healing.
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Allison Wendt
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I'm trained in EMDR and use this frequently, while drawing from contemplative and somatic practices, mindfulness and meditative practices and parts work.
Sometimes life is painful- we all struggle and this doesn't mean you're defective. There's just something that needs attention and care. Maybe you're overwhelmed with strong emotions, or feeling down or numbed out. Or you're experiencing painful, recurring thoughts that cause anxiety- part of you understands these thoughts aren't true, but they can sure feel true. Whatever it is that you're going through, I'll be by your side. With warmth and compassion, I'll listen to you as we work together to help you process difficult emotions, grief or traumas so that you can experience more joy, self-compassion, and presence in your life.
I'm trained in EMDR and use this frequently, while drawing from contemplative and somatic practices, mindfulness and meditative practices and parts work.
Sometimes life is painful- we all struggle and this doesn't mean you're defective. There's just something that needs attention and care. Maybe you're overwhelmed with strong emotions, or feeling down or numbed out. Or you're experiencing painful, recurring thoughts that cause anxiety- part of you understands these thoughts aren't true, but they can sure feel true. Whatever it is that you're going through, I'll be by your side. With warmth and compassion, I'll listen to you as we work together to help you process difficult emotions, grief or traumas so that you can experience more joy, self-compassion, and presence in your life.
(206) 866-2580 View (206) 866-2580
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Caitlin Moretz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
I use Mindfulness, somatic, and Lifespan Integration therapy in my approach.
Hi there! I am a relational and holistic therapist working via telehealth. My clients are generally tired of feeling disconnected from themselves and others. They want to be able to trust themselves and heal from the past. They want hope and empowerment to be free from the trauma and issues that continue to effect their daily life. They want to understand their emotions, rather than their emotions controlling them. I want to help my clients to tap into their inner strength and wisdom and I believe I provide practical tools to achieving these goals.
I use Mindfulness, somatic, and Lifespan Integration therapy in my approach.
Hi there! I am a relational and holistic therapist working via telehealth. My clients are generally tired of feeling disconnected from themselves and others. They want to be able to trust themselves and heal from the past. They want hope and empowerment to be free from the trauma and issues that continue to effect their daily life. They want to understand their emotions, rather than their emotions controlling them. I want to help my clients to tap into their inner strength and wisdom and I believe I provide practical tools to achieving these goals.
(253) 733-1113 View (253) 733-1113
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Alagna Valsesia
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98112  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I use a blend of somatic-based approaches to therapy as well as traditional approaches.
Hi, my name is Alagna (pronounced Ah-lah-nya), I work with individuals, adolescents, couples, and families interested in finding meaningful support as they navigate personal and relational challenges. I take a deeply systemic approach to therapy, considering you as an individual and conceptualizing the influence of familial and social systems in your life. I view healing as a holistic journey encompassing awareness, reflection, and embodiment. I take special pride in working with folks who have experienced complex family trauma, or sexual trauma, or feel a sense of existential meaninglessness in their life.
I use a blend of somatic-based approaches to therapy as well as traditional approaches.
Hi, my name is Alagna (pronounced Ah-lah-nya), I work with individuals, adolescents, couples, and families interested in finding meaningful support as they navigate personal and relational challenges. I take a deeply systemic approach to therapy, considering you as an individual and conceptualizing the influence of familial and social systems in your life. I view healing as a holistic journey encompassing awareness, reflection, and embodiment. I take special pride in working with folks who have experienced complex family trauma, or sexual trauma, or feel a sense of existential meaninglessness in their life.
(206) 594-5325 View (206) 594-5325
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Brian Kimmel Guidance Center
Counselor, MA, LMHC, R-DMT, MHP, LMT
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
I am a leader in somatic, body-mind psychotherapy and the expressive arts, including dance/movement therapy. Together, we co-create a space that values respect, honest connection, and communal support with a focus on your nervous system's response to stress. Relationships and our capacity to live in alignment with our core values are a top priority. My approach is always humanistic including multicultural, trauma-informed, and client-centered. I counsel while being a whole person myself, part of the holistic path of recovery that you might be seeking.
I am a leader in somatic, body-mind psychotherapy and the expressive arts, including dance/movement therapy. Together, we co-create a space that values respect, honest connection, and communal support with a focus on your nervous system's response to stress. Relationships and our capacity to live in alignment with our core values are a top priority. My approach is always humanistic including multicultural, trauma-informed, and client-centered. I counsel while being a whole person myself, part of the holistic path of recovery that you might be seeking.
(206) 203-0493 View (206) 203-0493
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Trevor Youngquist
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98115
I aim to help you cultivate a sense of home, peace, and nurturance within yourself. My approach combines somatic, attachment-based, and emotion-focused work with cognitive and action-oriented perspectives. I will work with you to develop greater self-understanding, process traumas and emotional wounds, and build a life you want to live. I commonly help clients with anxiety, depression, childhood trauma and PTSD, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, and feelings of being lost or overwhelmed with life. I also enjoy helping clients explore themes of meaning, spirituality, and expanded states of consciousness.
I aim to help you cultivate a sense of home, peace, and nurturance within yourself. My approach combines somatic, attachment-based, and emotion-focused work with cognitive and action-oriented perspectives. I will work with you to develop greater self-understanding, process traumas and emotional wounds, and build a life you want to live. I commonly help clients with anxiety, depression, childhood trauma and PTSD, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, and feelings of being lost or overwhelmed with life. I also enjoy helping clients explore themes of meaning, spirituality, and expanded states of consciousness.
(206) 350-5229 View (206) 350-5229
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Jules Ellis
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
Not accepting new clients
I approach therapy from a trauma-informed perspective and incorporate somatic psychotherapy and mind-body techniques to create a grounded approach, based in research and cultural-sensitivity.
Creating compassion and understanding for yourself is different than making excuses for your behavior. When we are able to understand how our backgrounds and experiences influence the way we relate to the world around us, we are able to become more intentional in our relationship with ourselves and with others. Together we can explore how to best support you in living a life guided by your values and deepen your understanding of your identities.
I approach therapy from a trauma-informed perspective and incorporate somatic psychotherapy and mind-body techniques to create a grounded approach, based in research and cultural-sensitivity.
Creating compassion and understanding for yourself is different than making excuses for your behavior. When we are able to understand how our backgrounds and experiences influence the way we relate to the world around us, we are able to become more intentional in our relationship with ourselves and with others. Together we can explore how to best support you in living a life guided by your values and deepen your understanding of your identities.
(206) 222-3562 View (206) 222-3562
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Karen M Johnson Counseling Services
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
I’ve been in private practice for nearly 20 years. My passion is to work with individuals, couples, and groups who are committed to growth and change. I want to empower people to be more connected and integrated with the core of who they are and the roles they are living. I work with a combination of somatic approaches that examine how the body holds our thoughts, beliefs, stressors, and anxieties and how to understand, relieve, and shift them.
I’ve been in private practice for nearly 20 years. My passion is to work with individuals, couples, and groups who are committed to growth and change. I want to empower people to be more connected and integrated with the core of who they are and the roles they are living. I work with a combination of somatic approaches that examine how the body holds our thoughts, beliefs, stressors, and anxieties and how to understand, relieve, and shift them.
(360) 797-5956 View (360) 797-5956
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Dana Campbell
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
I would love to help you create more flexibility and creativity in your relationships to self and others. We'll do this through mindfulness, somatic attention, and moment-to-moment curiosity. I listen to the stories you tell and how you tell them. Attention to posture and sensation helps us see body narratives, and observation of speech patterns and words provides clues about mental and emotional themes. Eventually new stories and possibilities appear as we interrupt worn out messages and invite new meanings. You will learn emotion regulation, self-advocacy, boundary-setting, and increased creative resilience.
I would love to help you create more flexibility and creativity in your relationships to self and others. We'll do this through mindfulness, somatic attention, and moment-to-moment curiosity. I listen to the stories you tell and how you tell them. Attention to posture and sensation helps us see body narratives, and observation of speech patterns and words provides clues about mental and emotional themes. Eventually new stories and possibilities appear as we interrupt worn out messages and invite new meanings. You will learn emotion regulation, self-advocacy, boundary-setting, and increased creative resilience.
(206) 984-5765 View (206) 984-5765
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.