I’ve been through therapy before but still feel stuck. Can Somatic Experiencing® help?
If you’ve gone through talk therapy but still experience anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, PTSD or overwhelm, an alternative therapy might be worth a try. Symptoms like those mentioned above and syndromes like fibromyalgia, irritable bowel and chronic pain or fatigue can be signs of a dysregulated nervous system. Somatic Experiencing® and other somatic-based therapies can access the autonomic nervous system where the dysregulation is rooted.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals, my therapeutic approach is tailored to your specific needs. I make use of techniques derived from Somatic Experiencing®, Internal Family Systems, Inner Relationship Focusing, Attachment Theory, Polyvagal Theory, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion interventions and Yoga. I will invite you to notice and “be with” feelings, sensations, images and other parts of your interior world as they emerge. At times I may ask you to make certain movements or do some breathing practices. Together, we’ll become observers of your nervous system and employ methods that bring about greater regulation.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot address underlying issues. Rather, it can diminish symptoms, sometime with unwanted side effects. Our work together is designed to explore the root cause of your distress and employ strategies that can help you reach a state of comfort, balance and resilience. Medication can be effective and is sometimes useful in conjunction with MindBody therapy.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this isn’t possible to say. Everyone’s circumstances are unique and the length of time healing can take relates to your goals, the state of your nervous system, your current situation, your history, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
Since we generally meet only weekly, the commitment you make to following through with simple homework recommendations can enhance the process. It is also helpful to establish an intention to meet your inner experience with a sense of curiosity, compassion, and awareness.