Somatic Psychotherapy embraces a comprehensive and holistic approach to personal growth and development. This approach acknowledges that all facets of human experience are interrelated: that the processes of the body/mind not only affect and reflect each other, but are inter-functioning aspects of a person’s whole being, and that each person’s individual history, their cultural/biological context and somatically-based subjective reality are all inextricably interconnected.
Somatic Psychotherapy pays attention to the different levels of human experience as these emerge in the therapeutic relationship: verbal, emotional, physical, social and spiritual. The unitary nature and special creative quality of each individual person is deeply respected, as are the very different paths of personal growth, which emerge from each person’s individual process of development and self-actualisation throughout the life cycle. Somatic Psychotherapy engages with and facilitates this process in a deeply respectful, compassionate and holistic way.
Somatic psychotherapy, as well as working with psycho-organic processes of emotion, sensation, desire, breath and a range of other bodily experiences, and psycho-physical tension states, incorporates understandings of the complexities of human subjective experience and consciousness by drawing on more recent intellectual developments.
Philosophical and theoretical assumptions as well as therapeutic practice derived from existential phenomenology, self psychology, intersubjectivity, dynamic systems theory, infant research, trauma theory as well as post modern and post structural thinking, fundamentally shape and inform the theoretical basis of contemporary somatic psychotherapy.
More information is available here.
Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM)
The Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) is a relational body inclusive therapy that directly targets and may relieve the effects of trauma. These effects may include:
– General Apathy
– Chronic pain
– General relational issues
– Recurring negative patterns of being
CRM works by accessing the part(s) of the brain where the specific trauma being worked on is held. Any blockages are gently released, leading to a freeing up and a return to regular function of the body’s natural self-healing processes.
This technique was developed by Lisa Schwarz and has evolved over the past ten years in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe.
More information about CRM can be found on Lisa’s site.