What to expect during Therapy?
Psychosexual Somatics ® therapy works to integrate the lost connections between the mental, physical and emotional elements of our human experiences. Expect to discover new truths from within your own body and to experience positive changes which may impact your close personal relationships.
Psychosexual Somatics ® therapy works to re-wire the nervous system away from our trauma-based, unconscious, reactive behaviours into a system where we have conscious choice, life-force, agency and pleasure into our everyday lives.
There is no typical session. Everyone is Unique.
Elements of the work may include:
- Psychotherapeutic techniques.
- Deep tissue bodywork and myofascial release.
- Breathing and movement exercises.
- Gentle, compassionate holding.
- Supportive Touch.
- Grounding Practises.
All clients will undergo a Sexual History Assessment to ensure suitability for treatment plus an exploration of your personal boundary management approach, in order that we understand how you show up in interactions with others and can be confident of your ability to remain in agency during touch therapy.
Expect to safely explore your edges.
Expect to be comfortable, relaxed, in choice at all times as to the direction of therapy, to be guided into the wisdom of your body, taken gently into the uncomfortable places and to be supported to let go of what is no longer serving you.
Psychosexual Somatics ® is based on a model centred around 5 key developmental stages and their impact on the development of our psyche. During sessions the therapist will share information with the client, as appropriate, that helps them to understand the inner workings of their bodymind in relation to this framework and to normalise experiences they have which might seem unusual, inside and outside the therapy space.
The therapy will alternate the client between states of deep relaxation / down-regulation and mild activation, just enough to allow what wants healing to reach the surface, gently and safely.
Expect to be sitting, standing, lying down, crawling on the floor, dancing, groaning, shedding a tear or shaking. Whatever needs to happen is welcome in the space.
Emotions are welcome. Sexual Energy is welcome. All parts of you are welcome.
What may feel edgy at the outset over time becomes your normal as we work together to expand your range of emotional resiliency.
Our intention is Embodiment, not talk-therapy.
The focus of the work is around embodiment, tuning into the emotional and physical sensations of the body, as this is where the potential for healing and integration waits to be expressed. As such, and unlike traditional talk therapies, the therapist will support the client to step away from story-telling and to drop into the body's expression, although a cognitive frame for the experience is maintained at all times as this supports the integration process.
We work to titrate difficult feelings through the nervous system, touching them just enough that they can release. We don't take you back into your trauma and you don't need to get through a whole box of tissues to come out the other side smiling.
The therapist is not here to “fix” or “do work to” the client. Your body does the work. The therapist just encourages it where it wants to go.