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- Learning to be gentle with yourself
- Coming to understand your trauma responses
- Releasing held fight, flight, freeze energy
- Shifting your physiology when activated or triggered
- Exploring the link between past experiences and here and now behaviors
- Understanding how your body keeps you safe
- Befriending your body
- Building self-trust
- Attending to your highly sensitive nervous system
- Addressing physical, emotional, and psychological pain
Some topics that can be addressed in somatic coaching:
Trauma often shifts us out of our bodies, and healing requires us to return home to ourselves. Our bodies store information from the past that can create activation and unrest in the present. When we’ve endured something harmful, violent, abusive, or neglectful we may find that our brain and body don’t effectively communicate with one another, thus making it difficult to differentiate the ‘back then’ from the ‘right now’. Through learning how to be gentle with ourselves, and beginning to befriend our internal experience, we can feel into the changes we’ve long been yearning for.
The mind and body are intricately connected. Emotions, thoughts, and experiences often manifest in physical sensations and bodily reactions. Exploring and addressing these bodily experiences can provide deeper insights into our emotional and mental well-being. Traumatic experiences can get stored in the body, leading to a range of physical symptoms and emotional distress. Working with the body, as in approaches like Somatic Experiencing, can help folx process and release trauma that may be held in their bodies, leading to embodied healing and symptom relief. Additionally, learning to identify and regulate bodily sensations can improve emotion regulation. Folx can develop a greater awareness of how their bodies react to stressors and learn to manage their emotional responses effectively.
What is Coaching: Coaching focuses on skills, techniques, exercises, strategies, education, practice, and application. Coaching is not intended to diagnose mental health concerns, prescribe, or treatment plan for psychological factors.
How is coaching different from therapy: Coaching does not follow a medical model and no mental health evaluation or diagnosis will be given. Medical and clinical treatment plans will not be utilized in a coaching session and coaching is not a substitute for therapeutic mental health treatment. You may choose to work with a coach, a therapist, or both.
Somatic Coaching will combine all the elements discussed above and the foundations of Somatic Experiencing (SE). Somatic Experiencing resolves symptoms of stress, shock, and trauma that accumulate in our bodies. When we are stuck in patterns of fight, flight, freeze, appease, or dissociate, SE helps us release, recover, and access more of our resilience. Most people worldwide have traumatic experiences in their lifetime, which can have major impacts on their health and well-being. Even those who may be unsure if they have experienced trauma are likely to have developed conditioned tendencies from childhood that may impact their adult functioning and relationships.
Facilitated by: Dr. Danica Harris, SEP & Morenike Olorunnisomo, M.A., LPC
COACHING SESSIONS DESIGNED TO HELP YOU GET BACK IN YOUR BODY
Expected benefits of Somatic Coaching: There are so many benefits to somatic work, but one that is especially important is building self-awareness and reconnecting with your body. It can feel scary at first, but tuning into bodily sensations can enhance your knowing of your self and it can help you come to a greater understanding and appreciation for your body. Through somatic work, you will gain a better understanding of your triggers, emotional responses, and patterns of behavior by paying attention to physical sensations and reactions.
Trauma is stored in the body, and even if our wise brain has done a ton of processing of our past, we often find that the body experiences lingering effects of held trauma responses. Somatic work allowed me to personally access a deeper level of healing and regulation in my own body, which has helped me to see how body-based interventions, outside of talk therapy, can advance someone’s healing and strengthen their connection with themselves.
Somatic work has completely transformed how I think about healing. Guiding people back to their bodies has helped me to see how softening to ourselves really is the answer to living a more authentic, congruent, and integrated life.
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Somatic Resilience & Regulation
Sound Immersion Practitioner
As a result of my own healing journey, I came to understand that we can’t leave the body out when it comes to our healing. Somatic work is not a therapy modality, it is a way of understanding trauma and the body. Coaching affords me more flexibility in my work and enables me to reach people I may not have otherwise.
One of the things I most love about somatic work is working to provide a safe container for folx to gently, maybe hesitantly, come back to themselves–helping to embody the understanding that everything we need to heal is already within us.
Provisional Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Current student in RYT200 training
Trauma Conscious Yoga
WE BELIEVE SOMATIC COACHING WILL HELP YOU TO FEEL MORE AT HOME WITHIN YOURSELF
Dr. Danica Harris, SEP
Morenike Olorunnisomo, M.A., LPC