5 Somatic Interventions Explained – Integrative Psychotherapy

5 Somatic Interventions Explained - Integrative Psychotherapy

Somatic interventions are promising treatments for a variety of problems. These methods are based on the premise that negative emotions do not just hide in the body but are continually reactivated by new stressful events. Traumatic events also trigger the release of stress hormones, which increase blood sugar and blood pressure, weaken the immune system, and cause several physical symptoms.

Somatic psychotherapy can help with a range of mental health concerns. These interventions use body awareness to interrupt habitual patterns and discharge bodily tension and associated memories. This allows the client to move forward in a more relaxed and calm way.

Sensorimotor psychotherapy:

Sensorimotor psychotherapy is an approach to psychotherapy that utilizes body movement to heal mental illnesses. It was developed by a renowned yoga teacher, in the early 70s. She became fascinated with the relationship between the body and the mind after observing patients in therapy who were experiencing post-traumatic stress. As a result of her observations, she created the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy technique.

Somatic Experiencing:

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-based therapeutic method. Practitioners are certified SEPs who complete a 3-year training program and additional consultation requirements. They have experience working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds and specialize in treating a variety of emotional and physical disorders.

Dance/movement therapy:

Dance/movement therapy is a somatic intervention that uses the language of the body as its primary mode of communication. This nonverbal language starts in utero and continues throughout life. Movement therapists believe that nonverbal language is as essential as verbal language in the healing process of an individual. The purpose of dance/movement therapy is to explore the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit. Movements have various meanings and functions: they can be functional, expressive, communicative, and developmental. Dance/movement therapists look at these aspects of movement and use them as lenses for assessment and intervention.

Trauma resiliency therapy:

Somatic interventions in integrative psychotherapy focus on healing the body’s memories of trauma. These experiences are stored in the body and can cause a range of physical, emotional, and relational problems. Somatic psychotherapy can help people heal from trauma by developing internal safety and mastery.

Mindfulness-based somatic therapy:

Mindfulness-based somatic therapy is an integrative approach that incorporates several healing modalities into the treatment process. It emphasizes the importance of body-based interventions and assists individuals in releasing trauma from the body. It also fosters self-compassion.