Differences between Body Oriented (Somatic) Psychotherapy and traditional Psychotherapy.
The primary difference is that under no circumstances — neither you nor I will be able to be deceived by your mind, nor will we get encumbered by an endless labyrinth of mental games.
The Body As:
A Road Map
Everything you have experienced, felt, or still feel in your day to day life, is encrypted in your body as a road map (showing where you have been in life and where you are going) , a fitting analogy. These processes are left in the body’s memory, which is why working with You through body-centered psychotherapy is the most honest and accurate tool in helping as well as forming an essential bond between You and I during our sessions.
System of Rapid identification and Problem solving
I practice interacting with your problems by: sensing your body through my physical touch as a therapist, paying attention to the tension displayed, reading what the body has been through, as your eternal partner in life; it is a true witness to everything that has happened to you.
Deeper than Verbal Consultation
This process is more than just speaking to a psychotherapist with whom you may or may not connect. Conversely, during talk therapy both the client and the therapist can be deceived by skillful mind games that may arise involuntarily as a defense mechanism. When this occurs, important information can remain hidden or unmentioned to the detriment of the client thus inhibiting the healing process.
By paying particular attention to Your body throughout the 90 minute sessions, we can identify and address problems much faster and more accurately than with traditional psychotherapy. In my practice I have found that 3-5 sessions are usually enough to solve your predicament depending on the complexity of the issue.
Often, body-oriented psychotherapy is about treating trauma that is so deeply hidden and entrenched in the psyche, that over time, it can manifest itself physically in the body. This can result in:
- Chronic pain
- Muscular hyper/hypotension
- Poor sleeping patterns, nightmares
- Panic attacks
- Recurring/chronic ailments
- Undiagnosable conditions
- Vegetative dystonia
- Illnesses relating to the female reproductive system, etc.
If you are experiencing any of the following examples, you are probably experiencing an emotional trauma that has “lingered” in your body:
- A pervasive feeling of impending doom
- An inability to feel at peace even with lots of meditation; prayer, purposeful relaxation techniques or “spiritual insight”
- Feelings of isolation
- A sense of disconnection
- An inability to feel love and a sense of bonding
- Panic or anxiety attacks
- An exaggerated startled response
- Chronic sleeplessness and/or nightmares
- Overwhelming worry and fear
- Intrusive thoughts or memories