Somatic Psychotherapy

Somatic Psychotherapy

Somatic Psychology is the study of the mind-body interface that values the body as a key to understanding our experience. It has its roots in the marriage between psychology and physiology. The term is of Greek origin, derived from the integration of psyche, referring to the mind, and soma referring to the body. Whilst grounded in psychotherapeutic models and experience, somatic psychotherapy goes beyond working verbally and includes experience felt in the body. 

The mind and the body are not only interdependent but are inseparable. Anything that is experienced impacts us on physical, intellectual, emotional, energetic, interpersonal, transpersonal and spiritual levels. Somatic Psychotherapy acknowledges and offers the potential to work on all these levels. It recognises that painful experience is often stored in the body in the form of interrupted energy flow and tissue contraction. By working with cognitions, emotions, sensations, breath, impulses and other body/mind experiences deep psychological wounding can be resolved and our bodies tend to feel more vibrant and more alive.

Somatic Psychotherapy supports deeper connection with mind and body. It is a journey that invites emotional expression, movement, compassionate insight and inner peace. By developing mindfulness of our inner and outer processes, somatic psychotherapy can help with any of the following:

         Poor self esteem

         Lack of confidence

         Inability to connect with feelings or emotions

         Difficulties with trust and intimacy

         Difficulties establishing healthy boundaries

         Difficulties developing healthy relationship

         Feeling out of control

         Loss & grief

         Fear of conflict

         Anxiety and stress


         Physical, emotional or sexual abuse


Any of these experiences can create imbalance in our daily lives and lead to emotional and psychological pain. They sometimes result in physical symptoms including high blood pressure, extreme arousal of the nervous system, weakened immune system, depleted energy and other physical disorders. Imbalance often has a negative impact on our relationships, and on our general perception of the world.

When emotions are repressed, denied or not allowed, our systems become contracted and blocked, and this can create pain in relationship with ourselves and others. In this work individuals are sensitively helped to flesh out feelings, emotions and painful issues. When repressed or blocked emotions are released through awareness, breath and movement, inner balance can develop. When emotions are expressed safely, the inner system is more able to move freely in the development and maintenance of general health.

Somatic Psychotherapy provides opportunities and resources to explore behavioural patterns and  belief systems about ourselves and others. Support is given to help shed the armour of patterned living, thereby allowing movement towards a state of health and vitality. The work provides a safe place where the pain of imbalance, conflict, wounding or trauma can be healed. 

The goal of Somatic Psychotherapy is to help heal from the pain of past wounding and traumatic events by offering the following:

         Opportunities to explore feelings, thoughts and behaviours in a non judgemental manner

         Non-verbal methods for sensitively bringing painful material to awareness

         Integration of verbal and non-verbal expression

         Work with sensations and movement, thus integrating the mind-body experience

         Release of repressed feelings, anxieties and fears

         Enhancement of the relationship to the body

         Release of patterns of thoughts and behaviours that no longer support us

         Promotion of intimacy and authenticity

         Release from judgement and the inner critic

         Release from the pain and other symptoms of trauma.

For an appointment or further details you can contact Kate at:

087 234 4201

Last updated 23rd May 2020

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