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Somatic Psychotherapy & EMDR Therapy

Somatic Psychotherapy 

Somatic Psychotherapy(or sometimes called Body Psychotherapy) is a therapeutic approach that emphasises the mind-body connection and recognises the role of the body in emotional and psychological well-being. It focuses on how bodily sensations, movements, and physical experiences are connected to a person's emotional and psychological state.


Psychoanalytically informed and attachment based, Somatic Psychotherapy takes the view
that unresolved emotional issues and trauma can manifest in the body as physical tension,
pain, or discomfort. The goal of somatic psychotherapy is to utilise one's entirety of experience - beyond just the cognitive or conscious - to resolve our past experience's negative impact on our current thinking, feeling, beliefs and functioning, to move forward in more adaptive, healthful ways.

Key aspects of somatic psychotherapy include:
1. Embodied Awareness:

Clients are encouraged to become more aware of their bodily
sensations, movements, and physical experiences. This heightened awareness helps
individuals recognise how their emotions and psychological states are reflected in
their bodies.

2. Mind-Body Integration:

Somatic psychotherapy aims to bridge the gap between
mental and physical experiences, helping clients understand how emotional issues
can be expressed through bodily symptoms and vice versa. It seeks to create a
holistic approach to healing.

3. Trauma Resolution:

Somatic psychotherapy is often used as an effective approach to
working with individuals who have experienced trauma. It helps clients process and
release traumatic experiences stored in the body, ultimately reducing symptoms like
anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress.

EMDR Therapy

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapy, developed by Psychologist Francine Shapiro, is a unique therapy for addressing Trauma that has been in development since 1987.

Considered a 'gold standard' evidence based treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulting from single incident trauma, emerging evidence suggests it is effective for other mental health conditions including developmental or childhood 'little T' traumas or attachment wounds. EMDR Therapy melds seamlessly with Somatic Psychotherapy to assist with reprocessing difficult memories and helping restore one's sense of goodness and wholeness after trauma.

Marisa has undertaken training in the following Body Psychotherapies, Somatic Psychotherapies and bodies of work:

  • Somatic Experiencing

  • Focusing-oriented Psychotherapy

  • Polyvagal-informed Psychotherapy

  • Interpersonal Neurobiology

  • Core Energetics

  • Radix Body Psychotherapy

  • Energy Psychology

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