Somatic Psychotherapy for Anxiety and Trauma

s754730618545895078_p12_i2_w320“In order to change, people need to become more aware of their sensations and the way their bodies interact with the world around them. Physical self-awareness is the first step in releasing the tyranny of the past.” ~ Bessel van der Kolk

Our bodies are shaped by our lives, and the events that happen to us make imprints upon our body landscape: in the way we hold tension, how we hold our posture, make eye contact, and breathe. Through various breathing techniques, poses, movement, and body awareness, you can learn to regulate the nervous system and manage the intensity of emotions you may be holding in the present, or from the past. In our work together, you can learn how your body holds patterns that are unhealthy, and re-learn how to inhabit your own body in a more expansive and comfortable way. This can be especially helpful for self-proclaimed “talkers” who have a hard time getting out of the mental plane. Only so much can be healed by talking; research is continuing to find that by attuning to the body, as well as the mind, we can increase the effects of psychotherapy.

I am trained in working with psychological and physical trauma using somatic (body-based) therapy. The quote above reminds me of how important it is to drop out of the mind and sink into the wisdom of the body when it comes to facing the complexities that life throws at us. Combining my background as a yoga and meditation teacher with my work as a psychotherapist, I have grown to witness how the body can be a powerful resource when it comes to identifying emotions and triggers, as well as providing tools for reducing anxiety, anger, and depression.

Below are some resources for trauma:

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

In an Unspoken Voice by Peter Levine

Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman

Book a Consultation

Email or call for a 15-minute phone consultation at no charge
email:   amyhyunswart@gmail.com  phone:  650-762-9220
Offices are located in Union Square and the Financial District in San Francisco