Following traumatic experiences, the mind and body can hold onto stress, pain, and fear. If you’re still experiencing adverse effects of trauma and can’t seem to move forward and heal, therapy utilizing somatic experiencing in NYC may be what you need.
At The Center for CBT in New York City, we focus our therapy practice on cognitive behavioral therapy, but we also utilize research-based therapeutic approaches like somatic experiencing to help our clients achieve their therapy goals. Learn more about somatic experiencing on this page or reach out to our team to schedule a consultation.
What is Somatic Experiencing?
Why Would My Therapist Recommend Somatic Experiencing?
How Does Somatic Experiencing Work?
As a body-oriented therapy approach, somatic experiencing is used to help people uncover where in their body trauma response energy is stuck. Whether trauma stems from a perceived danger (big T trauma) or the cumulative effects of stress and hardship (little t trauma), the unprocessed energy from these experiences is stored in the body and can negatively impact a person’s ability to thrive. Somatic experiencing is used to help people develop strategies to work through and release this survival energy from the body. This helps diminish the effects of trauma as well as increasing an individual’s long term resilience and ability to manage the effects of future stressors.
While incorporating the somatic experiencing approach to therapy, your sessions will still be similar to other forms of therapy. We’ll begin with an intake visit where your therapist will ask questions to better understand your situation, the effects of the trauma you’re experiencing, any past history with therapy, and what your goals are in working with us. Then, we’ll create a therapy plan together to help you achieve your goals. During therapy sessions, we’ll continually assess your results to ensure you’re achieving the goals we set together, and your therapist will readjust your treatment plan as necessary. Please note that when working with any traumatic memory or experience the client leads the session. You disclose how much or how little you want to at your own, personal pace. You will not be rushed, but rather given the space to connect to your experience in your own time.
Who Offers Therapy Using Somatic Experiencing?
What Should I Do Next?
When you’re ready to begin therapy, we hope you’ll consider contacting The Center for CBT in New York City. We offer a safe space where you are free to be who you really are and express yourself and your values authentically. We embrace, value, and welcome people of all sexual orientations, genders, and racial identities. The Center for CBT in New York City makes beginning your therapy journey simple. You can get started any time by completing our online consultation request form. One of our team members will be in touch within 24 business hours to answer your questions.