Somatic psychotherapy

Somatic 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.

Intuitive movement

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 FHT (who hold a PSA AR) under Mindfulness (as well as Hypnotherapy and EMMETT).  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.

Key words

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.

National Council of Psychotherapists. Psychotherapy, Counselling, Psychoanalysis, Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy, Psychology, Mental Health

National Council of Psychotherapists. Psychotherapy, Counselling, Psychoanalysis, Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy, Psychology, Mental Health

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council: Hypnotherapy

Federation of Holistic Therapists. Registered Hypnotherapist and complementary holistic therapist

Federation of Holistic Therapists. Registered Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Emmett