Somatic: Body Psychotherapy Concentration
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Somatic: Body Psychotherapy concentration draws upon the diverse field of body-centered psychotherapy and trains students to integrate bodywork, movement, and somatic education principles with counseling and psychotherapy skills. Formed alongside modern Western psychotherapy through the work of Reich, Lowen, Pierrakos, Keleman, Perls, Kurtz, Gendlin, and others, it integrates traditional therapeutic practices with attention to sensation and body states, allowing unconscious material to manifest and be worked with using breath, touch, movement, sensation, and imagery. The Somatic: Body Psychotherapy concentration focuses on the classical energy model of body psychotherapy, as well as object relations and self-psychology, the Gestalt-based Moving Cycle, and other modern models of sensorimotor tracking, conscious movement, and relational techniques.
Qualified students may apply for the Dual Concentration after their first semester of study. The Dual Concentration offers students an opportunity to receive education in both Dance/Movement Therapy and Body Psychotherapy. Students who are Dual Concentration complete an additional 4 credits in order to fulfill the program requirements for both concentrations. Students interested in this option should work with their academic advisor to plan their course work.
International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association
It is possible for a student graduating from the Somatic Counseling Department to use coursework to fulfill the requirements for the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association’s (ISMETA) certification as a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) and/or Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME).
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