Somatic therapy is a holistic approach to psychotherapy that recognizes the intimate connection between the mind and body. Emotional experiences are stored not only in our thoughts but also in our physical sensations and movements. 

Through this therapy, you can explore sensations, movements, and posture to gain insight into their emotions and psychological well-being. It's a gentle yet powerful method that engages both the body and mind in the healing process. As a virtual psychotherapist in Ontario, I guide you through these sensations and help you find meaning behind them. Together, we’ll uncover underlying emotions and experiences and find ways to overcome them, one at a time. 

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How Does Somatic Therapy Work?

Somatic therapy is like a journey of self-discovery guided by your therapist. Your therapist invites you to close your eyes and take a deep breath, gently guiding your attention to the sensations in your body.

As you breathe deeply, you may start to notice subtle tensions or areas of discomfort. Perhaps it’s a knot in your stomach or tightness in your chest. Your therapist encourages you to explore these sensations with curiosity. Through gentle movements and mindfulness practices, your therapist helps you connect with your body’s conscience. 

Sometimes, buried traumas or unresolved emotions surface during these sessions. It can feel intense or overwhelming at times, but your therapist is there to guide you through the process with empathy and understanding.

With each session, you gradually develop new ways of relating to your body and emotions. You learn self-compassion, gentleness, and kindness towards yourself. 

What Can Somatic Therapy Help With?

Somatic therapy addresses the root cause of distress stored in the body and focuses on improving self-esteem and promoting relaxation. It can help treat: 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Stress-related disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Relationship issues
  • Improving self-esteem
  • Promoting relaxation
  • Cultivating a greater sense of vitality and aliveness

I’m here to support your healing journey. Take the first step today. 

 

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Jennifer Pinto
Registered social worker, MSW, RSW