Somatic Arts Psychotherapy

Somatic Arts Psychotherapy can be the gateway to help you transform trauma into healing, suffering into wellness and feel greater joy and pleasure. I have seen over and over again that the body is a map of your whole life history and remembers your past experiences, childhood wounding, ancestral histories and culture. At the same time it also contains the key to healing and finding a deeper way of feeling whole again.

Who is Somatic Arts Psychotherapy for?

I work with a wide variety of people, but most of them have one thing in common: they all struggle to feel fully themselves and want to feel more whole in their daily lives and relationships.

If you:

  • Feel like an outsider
  • Find it difficult to form and maintain relationships and develop intimacy
  • Struggle with anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress
  • Have been given a psychiatric diagnosis 
  • Want to recover from the effects of early life trauma (sexual, physical or emotional abuse or neglect)
  • Find it difficult to move on after a difficult breakup or loss
  • Are in the middle of a significant life transition
  • Feel stuck in your life
  • Face yours or a loved one’s death
  • Experience a lot of grief, either personal or collective
  • In the process of a spiritual crisis/emergence

Then I can meet you and see whether we can work together to make sense of your experience and create the conditions for healing.

Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.

Jalal ad-Din Rumi

What is Somatic Arts Psychotherapy?

Somatic Arts Psychotherapy is a holistic form of psychotherapy which places the soma (Greek for the whole of the body) at the center of the healing process. As a process it can help you reconnect and integrate body and mind, reason and intuition. By listening more closely to the wisdom held in your body, you can often experience and process what might be difficult to put into words. Somatic Arts Psychotherapy includes and goes beyond the more usual approach of talking therapy in that it brings focus to the intentional use of embodied creativity. This can involve activities such as movement, body awareness, mindfulness art making, using metaphor, exploring myth and crafting ritual.

You don’t have to be an artist or consider yourself to be creative to benefit from Somatic Arts Psychotherapy. The word art derives from the Latin artem which means a skill built as a result of practice. This aspect of practice is key to the healing process. Attuning to your whole self is something that can be learned and practiced. The more you practice listening to yourself and to your relationships during a therapy session, the more your capacity to heal grows and the more you are able to be more deeply and firmly connected to yourself in your everyday life.

I hold as true that regardless of your background and experience, you have access to a source of creativity within you, which is also the source of your personal healing. You will have a unique way of engaging, and my approach to working with you is that of a collaboration and co-creation.

The story tells us that living the life of an artist is not as useful as living our lives as a work of art.

Martin Prechtel

My approach

My way of working is:

  • Culturally sensitive and responsive – acknowledging how power and privilege functions over differences of class, race, gender, sexuality and disability. As an immigrant to the UK I can relate with minority experience and aim to respond inclusively, supporting your capacity to embrace difference and cultivate belonging.
  • Animist/Relational – recognizing that living humans are just one kind of person in a much wider field of relationships. Much of our suffering derives from feeling separate from the rest of the living world.
  • Trauma responsive – understanding the prevalence of trauma in individuals and systems, and focused on healing and alleviating its lasting impacts.
  • Embodied – focusing on learning from and through the bodily felt sense and seeking to integrate body and mind

To deepen embodiment and your way of feeling a part of the wider world, sessions can take place both online and outdoors. Walking, talking, sitting and moving outdoors opens some possibilities to experience things differently and be in relation with the wider world around us. This can enhance your sense of belonging in the world and deepen your capacity for intimacy.

Humans are tuned for relationship. The eyes, the skin, the tongue, ears, and nostrils-all are gates where our body receives the nourishment of otherness. We are human only in contact, and conviviality, with what is not human.

David Abram

Details and fees

Sessions currently take place either entirely online (Zoom or phone) or in a combination of online and outdoors. Sessions last for one hour and are usually on a weekly basis. My fee is on a sliding scale of 70-100£, but I also keep some lower cost spaces for students and those with a lower income. I believe therapy should be available to everyone regardless of their finances so please let me know if you need a reduced fee.

I am registered with the Health Care Professions Council as an Arts Therapist (dramatherapy). My practice is regularly supervised by a senior psychotherapist.657

Contact me to find out more or book an initial consultation.