"True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing." -Jean Cocteau Somatic counseling is generally useful for clients wanting to live life more fully and experience counseling in an embodied way. Clients may have experienced an acute trauma that stayed in their body, such as an accident or violence, and/or a more subtle, cumulative trauma such as their primary caregiver being emotionally absent. Clients may sense something elusive and yet persistent, such as a desire to feel more connected to themselves and their experiences, to be able to more easily access creativity, passion, or a sense of ease, or find themselves yearning and searching for something unnameable or unidentifiable. Some clients are highly functioning, have "successful" careers, but still feel a general sense of dissatisfaction and estrangement from their innermost self and from others. Other clients may feel they have a tendency to get in their own way, and that they have not fulfilled their potential. Often clients have a sense that basic human experiences like love, intimacy, attunement, healthy sexuality, friendship, fulfilling careers, parenthood, emotional expression, or appropriate boundaries are something others experience and engage, but not them.
Somatic counseling integrates the body, mind, spirit, and emotions to support the journey of addressing trauma and insecure childhood attachment; rewiring the system through a secure and attuned therapeutic relationship and a revised relationship with the self, to draw, discern, and foster safety and fulfillment in the world. Contemporary Reichian somatic psychotherapy supports clients to become conscious of the unconscious and thus no longer be driven by habits that once served them but have become barriers to contact with the self and others. Somatic psychotherapy can enable the client to hear, align with, and fulfill the needs and drive of the intrinsic, authentic self; in essence, to experience aliveness as part of daily life.
Together in a free 30-minute consultation, we will discuss your individual needs and how somatic counseling might be appropriate for you. Somatic counseling can be useful for a wide range of human experiences and challenges, including:
Repairing early childhood attachment issues and promoting healthy adult attachment
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/Trauma
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Grief and Loss
Growing up in a household in which there was mental health disorder
Significant Life Transitions
Healthy, Empowered Sexuality and Sex Positivity
Fostering interconnection between the body, mind, emotions, and spirit
Becoming more attuned to the intrinsic self
Rates, Cancellation Policy, & Insurance
I offer a free in-person 30-minute consultation to prospective clients.
Individual sessions: $140 per 50-minute session Couples counseling: $160 per 50-minute session
Types of payment: Cash or credit card are accepted. I do not accept insurance. I can provide superbills for potential out-of-network reimbursement.
Cancellation policy: Clients who do not show up for scheduled appointments, and who have not notified me 24 hours in advance, will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the shadow conscious." - C.G.Jung