Somatic Trauma Therapy

Trauma is something we all experience at some point in our lives – but it’s much broader than many of us think and encompasses many different things, situations and events. How we respond to these experiences impacts our physical and emotional well-being.

Somatic Trauma Therapy (STT) is a very effective way of working with the physical and emotional distress that trauma can cause. Most simply, trauma can be anything that is too much, too soon, or too fast for the nervous system to handle, especially if we don’t reach a successful resolution. Animals complete a full sequence when they respond to ‘a danger’ – they notice, react and recover from the threat, but humans often interrupt the process. This interruption of the process means the ‘trauma’ can be ‘stuck’ in our body.

STT helps the body complete a self-protective response and release the survival energy that has been trapped. It is done by helping clients gently develop an increased tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.

It’s not the event itself that has caused the trauma, it is the body’s response to the perceived threat which leads to overwhelm and disruption in the nervous system. STT helps you to access the body memory of the event, and not the story. By working directly with the body and the physical sensations, rather than the story of the trauma, thought patterns associated with it can eventually shift as well.

Symptoms of trauma

  • Flashbacks/intrusive thoughts about the event/going over and over what happened
  • Reduced concentration and memory / confusion or disorientation
  • Unpredictable emotions
  • Regular feelings of fear, anxiety and panic
  • Feelings of sadness and despair
  • Physical symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, sweating, increased heart rate
  • Feeling isolated and hopeless/becoming withdrawn/losing touch with normal routines
  • Disturbed sleep/fatigue/exhaustion
  • Anger

Knowledge and Training

I qualified as Somatic Trauma Therapist at the School of Holistic Therapy in 2019, trained by Simonetta Logan. I now assist in teaching the course at the school and am a founder member of the Somatic Trauma Therapy Collective.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions or you would like to arrange an appointment please don’t hesitate to get in touch