Somatics

Peter Levine on Going Beyond Talk Therapy to Heal Trauma

Using Somatic Experiencing® to Tap into the Unspoken Voice of Our Bodies

Learning how to tune into the subtle shifts that are going on inside us all the time can open us to a wholeness that I call the Authentic Self. Read more

Holotropic Breathwork

An Overlooked Path to Healing Experiences?
Susan McBride and Mark Cornfield

In the midst of the psychedelic treatment revolution, have we forgotten about Stan Grof’s alternative to facilitating non-ordinary states of consciousness? Read more

Point of View May 1, 2024

Prentis Hemphill: Personal Healing Meets Social Change

How Somatic Therapy Can Create a Just World

Prentis Hemphill believes justice begins with nurturing authentic, body-based feelings, so people can embody their values and spread them throughout families... Read more

The Power of Movement in Therapy

Helping Clients Get Unstuck

A therapist shows how allowing her clients to physically move their bodies in therapy helps them process their emotions. Read more

Case Study September 1, 2023

Tuning into the Body in Couples Work

Getting to the Root of Core Conflicts

Integrating a somatic focus into couples therapy can help partners address their deeply entrenched stuck points. Read more

VIDEO: Somatic Tools for Self-Soothing

Peter Levine Describes How Somatic Experiencing Helps Clients Self-Regulate

In this brief video clip, Peter demonstrates a body awareness technique that includes loud, vibrating deep breaths to help clients minimize anxiety and... Read more

Putting the Pieces Together

25 Years of Learning Trauma Treatment

Twenty-five years ago, we believed that helping trauma survivors dig into dark and unspeakable horrors would set them free. But in this new age of trauma... Read more

Managing Transference and Countertransference in Somatic Therapy

Does Body-Oriented Therapy Increase the Risk of Transference and Countertransference Responses?

Therapeutic skeptics still cite the possibility of stirring up intense transference and countertransference responses as a compelling reason not to use more... Read more

Understanding Somatic Experience: Working With the Body to Heal the Mind

How Can Therapists Overcome Fears About the Body with Clients Who Struggle to Heal from Painful Somatic Experiences?

It’s the very fact that both emotion and reasoning ability are held hostage by their body’s continuing physical reaction to trauma that makes healing so... Read more

Creating a Culture of Healing

Recovering from Trauma in War-Ravaged Gaza

A psychiatrist who's worked in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Israel leads a team of healthcare professionals into war-ravaged Gaza to see if Western healing methods can... Read more

The Precarious Present

Why is it So Hard to Stay in the Moment?

All of us ruminate, bringing up the cud of old, unresolved problems. But far from being idle mind chatter, most of these mental distractions are actually the... Read more