Body-Centered Psychotherapy

Also referred to as Somatic Psychotherapy, Body-Centered Psychotherapy is an umbrella term for many different modalities. The Body-Centered Psychotherapeutic practices that I am trained in are Dance Movement Therapy, Body Psychotherapy, and Somatic Archaeology. These modalities engage the whole person in the healing process, empowering my clients with effective resources and skills to support integration, transformation, and profound healing.

Dance Movement Therapy

What are you communicating through your posture? What are you saying with your tone of voice? What is your body really feeling right now? Anger, sadness? How do you know? Dance Movement Therapy is defined as “the use of dance movement as a psychotherapeutic or healing tool…rooted in the idea that the body and the mind are inseparable.” This practice does not necessarily involve “dance” in the everyday sense of the word. In my practice, “dance movement” includes acquainting yourself with the integration of breath, physical gestures (like hand gestures or posture when telling an emotional story), emotional expression, etc. As we say in the Dance Therapy world, “the body does not lie” and can be a profound source of information and clarity when working with difficult and/or confusing emotions. In the therapeutic setting, I use Dance Movement Therapy practices to support your development of everyday skills such as:

  • Mindfulness and self-witness
  • Body awareness
  • Emotional regulation
  • Self-discovery
  • Clarifying confusing emotions

These are imporant skills to develop and practice when dealing with:

  • Intimacy and Sexuality issues
  • Overwhelming emotions
  • Healing from illness, surgery, and injury
  • Relationship discord

To read more about Dance Movement Therapy, click on this link or visit the American Dance Therapy Association website here.

Somatic Archaeology

Somatic Archaeology is a powerful yet gentle body-centered modality developed by Ruby Gibson. This modality offers my clients a profound opportunity to process and integrate trauma in a gentle way while opening them to experience the immense brilliance of their own body. This is a modality that I use with individual clients after they have established a familiarity with the tools of body awareness, internal and external resourcing, and witness consciousness. For more detailed information on the practice of Somatic Archaeology, click here or visit Ruby Gibson’s website www.somaticarchaeology.com.

 

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