Created by Peter Levine, Ph.D., this therapy works on the principle that trauma gets trapped in the body, leading to some of the symptoms people with PTSD or people who have experienced trauma might experience. Through this method, practitioners work on releasing this stress from the body.
Rather than just talk about them, somatic therapists guide patients to focus on their underlying physical sensations. From there, the mind-body exercises may include breath work, meditation, visualisation, massage, grounding, dance, and/or sensation awareness work
Thought, emotions, and sensations are all believed to be interconnected and influence one another.
Somatic therapy can help patients who suffer from a range of ailments, including:
Somatic therapy can help individuals that suffer from a wide range of mental issues such as trauma, addiction, grief, depression, stress, and anxiety. It can also help people heal from past trauma and abuse and anyone currently dealing with sexual dysfunction and problems in their relationships.
Ever since people's responses to overwhelming experiences have been systematically explored, researchers have noted that trauma is stored in somatic memory and expressed as changes in the biological stress response.
Research shows that anger can be especially common if you have been betrayed by others. This may be most often seen in cases of trauma that involve exploitation or violence. The trauma and shock of early childhood abuse often affect how well the survivor learns to control his or her emotions.
Empathy is the Antidote to Anger.
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