Somatic Therapy in Eugene and Albany, OR
Psychotherapy, along with physical therapies to promote holistic healing, is known as somatic therapy. It is also sometimes called somatic experiencing therapy or somatic counseling.
Somatic therapy is a body-centered therapy that embraces the mind-body connection. To that end, this form of combines talk therapy with relaxation and physical techniques that help patients to work through trauma and other difficult emotions. As emotions and memories are recovered, they tend to generate feelings of anxiety, fear, stress, and grief. As the body responds to the mind, therapists guide patients through specific techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and other relaxation exercises to calm the body’s physical responses to trauma and painful memories. Some patients may also benefit from adjunctive physical exercises, such as dance, yoga, exercise, or other movement-based therapies.