Somatic psychotherapy (Body Psychotherapy or BPT)
Somatic psychotherapy is a form of body psychotherapy. There are a number of forms of somatic psychotherapy. Many incorporate other complementary or creative therapies. In each case the idea involves “hearing” the mind and body through the “soma” or symptoms /feelings manifested in the physical body. The model is based on a rejection of the Cartesian divide, and the acceptance of mind and body being intimately linked, or indeed one.
Questioning the body versus exploring issues
Some methods focus on the body and determine what the cause might be by “listening”. Other styles explore commonly linked themes drawing on the underpinning theory of that style. Some practitioners may use intuition or linguistic clues.
Methods like meditative listening and body scanning are commonly used to “hear” and process. This also enabled enhanced emotional awareness of self, emotions and soma.
Mindfulness based methods, visualization based methods, meditative methods, hypnoanalysis, and regression methods as well as ideomotor questioning are among the methods used.
Various forms of analysis, including psychodynamic or psychoanalysis can occasionally use topic association to explore links between physical sensations and emotions underpinning them.
Dance, intuitive chi gung or role play are among methods that can he used to explore through movement. (Stuart uses the second two but not dance).
What can somatic work assist with?
Stuart bases all clinic work around research evidenced or NICE recommended core methods. Somatic exploration can therefore be combined with a range of recommended and evidenced methods to treat clinical mental health conditions. This is a multi modal approach allowing holistic adaptation while maintaining evidence based practice. Somatic work is extensively used in moving on from trauma, especially complex trauma and abuse.
Stuart is registered with the CNHC (who hold a PSA AR) under Hypnotherapy. He has several competency certifications in Clinical application of Mindfulness for Clients and Groups. Stuart is a fully registered psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and counsellor and has completed CCTP-I Certification in Trauma Treatment, CCTP-II Certification in Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorder Treatment, Specialised Certification in Hypnosis, Neurology and Mind-Body work with Trauma, Certification in Anxiety Treatment and Certification in Depression and Mood Disorder Treatment. He has completed specialist trauma somatic training with the Arizona Trauma Institute.
Rosendahl et al (2021) showed positive effects by BPT (body psychotherapy) on a range of psychological issues. Wintera et al (2022) found positive effects on body image in chronic depression. Duffy et al (2021) found positive effects on body image in adolescents.
“Effectiveness of Body Psychotherapy. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” Sophie Rosendahl, Heribert Sattel and Claas Lahmann (2021)Department of Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine, Thoraxklinik, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 2 Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Klinikum Rechts der Isar, Technical University Munich, Munich, Germany, 3 Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Medical Center—University of Freiburg, University of Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
“Construing and body dissatisfaction in chronic depression: A study of body psychotherapy” David Wintera , Clelia Malighettib , Sabrina Cipollettab,⁎ , Sajjad Ahmedc , Benjamin Bensonc , Frank Röhrichtd (2022)
“Mixed methods pilot evaluation of interpersonal psychotherapy for body image for adolescents” Fiona Duffy, Helen Sharpe, Emily Beveridge, Kate Osborne and Cathy Richards (2021) Department of Clinical Psychology, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh, Medical School, Edinburgh, UK 2 NHS Lothian CAMHS, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh, UK
Depression, mental health, anxiety. relationships, emotional release, somatic therapy, somatic psychotherapy, somatic hypnotherapy, somatic Mindfulness, MBSR, MBCT, CBT, CBA, CBASP, DBT, Gestalt, humanistic psychotherapy, body mind work, body psychology, humanistic psychology, psychoanalysis in body work, critical psychotherapy, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow.