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What Is Somatic Experiencing Therapy?

Updated on 9/21/2021Somatic therapy, also known as somatic experiencing therapy, is a type of therapy that helps treat post-traumatic stress and effects from other mental health conditions.

This type of therapy connects a person’s mind and body to apply psychotherapy and physical therapies during treatment. “Somatic therapy is designed to help individuals clear their minds and connect to their bodies, and it is helpful because it combines mindfulness, grounding techniques, and traditional talk therapy,” says Talkspace therapist, Cynthia Catchings, LCSW-S, LCSW-C, CMHIMP, EMDR.Therapists who practice somatic body psychotherapy believe a person’s inner feelings impact their physical form – they use mind-body exercises to release pent-up

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