Welcome to Somatic Spiritual Counseling, a haven for those seeking profound healing and transformation. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the depths of Somatic Experiencing Therapy, exploring its power in treating PTSD and trauma. Our collective of body- and mindfulness-based counselors and coaches, under the expert guidance of Emma Sartwell, is dedicated to helping individuals integrate trauma, regulate their nervous systems, and enhance their relationships.
Understanding Somatic Experiencing Therapy
The Essence of Somatic Experiencing
Embark on a journey into the heart of Somatic Experiencing Therapy, a modality that goes beyond traditional approaches. Discover how this therapeutic method addresses trauma at its core, allowing individuals to navigate the complexities of their experiences.
Unveiling the Sessions
Explore the intricacies of Somatic Experiencing sessions, where somatic inquiry, inner child care, and attachment repatterning play pivotal roles. Gain insights into the transformative process that leads to healing and a renewed sense of self.
How Can Somatic Therapy / Coaching Help?
We are largely influenced by the work of Dr. Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy). Levine noticed that wild animals don’t experience traumatic stress (only humans and domesticated animals do)! For example, if a rabbit is almost eaten in a field, it doesn’t begin to avoid fields, self-isolate, develop tics, or become depressed.
So, what is it that rabbits do that we don’t do? Well, they know how to follow and complete their nervous system cycles, while we humans have trained ourselves out of many natural responses, like shaking, fighting back, or running away. Think about it: if your body wants to run away from your threatening boss, your brain is most likely going to stop you, because there would be unwanted consequences of that action.
Wild animals don’t have to override their instincts. In one sense, this has led to amazing developments in human culture; in another sense, it has left us with a slew of nervous system issues that somatic therapy works wonderfully to treat.
So what can we do? Do we have to go live in the woods? Fortunately, somatic psychotherapy offers ways we can work with our nervous systems that are safe, contained, and allowing. We can invite the body to tell us its needs, desires, and unfinished business, and then we can finish it!
Spirituality and the Nervous System
The Mind-Body-Spirit Approach
At Somatic Spiritual Counseling, we intertwine spirituality with the intricate workings of the nervous system. Delve into the unique approach of our body-based Somatic Coaching, fostering presence, nervous system healing, and profound connections.
Addressing a Spectrum of Topics
Understand the breadth of issues we tackle, from depression and anxiety to trauma and spiritual emergence. Learn how our holistic approach aids in addressing diverse challenges, promoting self-discovery, and fostering personal growth.
Who We Are
Meet Our Experts
Get to know the passionate and dedicated professionals at Somatic Spiritual Counseling, each with unique specialties contributing to the collective goal of helping individuals explore their inner worlds and find holistic well-being.
The Importance of Support
Recognize the significance of support in deepening personal experiences, finding regulation, and showing up authentically in the world. Learn about our commitment to providing a safe and nonjudgmental space for your journey.
Mindfulness, Bodyfulness, Spirituality + Coregulation
This is where mindfulness comes in—in our sessions, we help the body unwind, by assisting you to be in the present moment and attend not just to thoughts, but also to sensations, images, emotions, and behaviors. Perhaps a better word for this would be bodyfulness or presence, aligning mind and body.
Interestingly, many clients find this alignment puts them in direct contact with a living sense of spirituality. This spirituality is then used to further build awareness of the individual’s deepest desires and strengths.
We also believe that we do not regulate alone—as mammals, we are built for co-regulation. This means we use our relationships, and the therapist-client relationship, to resource and strengthen the nervous system range. (This is partially based on Stephen Porges’s work with polyvagal theory and also on Diane Poole Heller’s work with attachment styles/attachment adaptations.)
The body is intelligent, and we believe anything we are experiencing inside or any action we take (no matter how painful or seemingly destructive) comes from a place of trying to regulate and keep ourselves safe. Sometimes we just need to bring all of ourselves up to date by working through old material, to uncover our innate goodness and wisdom.
The Intersection of Spirituality and the Nervous System
The Mind-Body-Spirit Approach
At Somatic Spiritual Counseling, we embrace a holistic mind-body-spirit approach that transcends traditional counseling. Explore the intersection of spirituality and the nervous system, uncovering how this unique approach fosters presence, energy, empowerment, and intimacy.
Tackling a Spectrum of Topics
Dive into the diverse range of issues we address, from the common struggles of depression and anxiety to the intricacies of spiritual emergence. Witness the power of our holistic approach as it illuminates the path to self-discovery and fosters personal growth.
The Heart of Somatic Spiritual Counseling
Meet Our Dedicated Experts
Get acquainted with the passionate professionals at Somatic Spiritual Counseling, each bringing unique specialties to the table. Learn how their collective expertise fosters an environment that supports individuals on their journey toward holistic well-being.
Embracing the Power of Support
Understand the profound importance of support in deepening personal experiences, finding regulation, and authentically showing up in the world. Discover how our commitment to providing a safe and nonjudgmental space contributes to your transformative journey.
Practical Steps Toward Healing
Navigating Rates and Sessions
Gain clarity on our approach to insurance, session rates, and scheduling. Learn about superbills and their eligibility for HSA or FSA coverage, reflecting our commitment to making our transformative services accessible to all.
Giving Back to the Planet
Explore our dedication to environmental responsibility as we contribute 1% of our profits to the planet. See how choosing Somatic Spiritual Counseling not only supports your personal growth but also contributes to the well-being of our Earth.
Heartfelt Connections: Meet Our Dedicated Experts
Get to know the passionate professionals at Somatic Spiritual Counseling, each contributing unique specialties to our collective expertise. Learn how their dedication creates an environment that supports individuals on their transformative journey towards holistic well-being.
The Power of Support
Recognize the profound importance of support in deepening personal experiences and finding regulation. Understand how our commitment to providing a safe, nonjudgmental space contributes to your transformative journey toward authenticity and wholeness.
Practical Steps Toward Illumination
The Gateway: Free Consultation Call
Embark on your journey by experiencing the value of a free consultation call designed for new clients. This personalized introduction allows you to explore the possibilities of Somatic Experiencing Therapy and determine how our unique approach aligns with your needs.
Clarity on Rates and Sessions
Gain clarity on our approach to insurance, session rates, and scheduling. Learn about superbills and their eligibility for HSA or FSA coverage, reflecting our commitment to making our transformative services accessible to all who seek them.
Nurturing the Planet
Explore our dedication to environmental responsibility, as we contribute 1% of our profits to the planet. Discover how choosing Somatic Spiritual Counseling not only supports your personal growth but also contributes to the well-being of our Earth.
As we conclude this exploration into the depths of Somatic Experiencing Therapy at Somatic Spiritual Counseling, we invite you to take the next step on your healing journey. Follow the link below to learn more about our rates, ask questions, or schedule a session. Together, let us uncover the seeds of embodied wisdom and basic sanity within you.