What is Somatic Psychology?

Somatic psychology is an approach to therapy that blends depth psychology and body-centered/experiential therapy techniques. This approach recognizes that the very symptoms or difficulties in one’s life have purpose, and that the transformation of these maladaptive defenses comes through acknowledging their sophistication and meaning by employing their instinctual wisdom.

The underlying and overarching premise of Somatic Psychology is that psyche and soma must be reintegrated for the health and integrity of the individual and the human species as a whole. In my opinion, disorders such as trauma, addiction, depression, chronic health issues and even our current geo-political discord all stem from our species’ tragic divorce from nature itself.

Somatic Psychology facilitates the repair of this split, allowing for body and soul, matter and psyche, creature and cosmos to re-integrate. EVERY BODY’s healing depends on the radical act of individual commitment to embody wholeness–and the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.

“Now this is the Law of the Jungle — as old and as true as the sky; And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back — For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”
Rudyard Kipling