MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Counseling: Body Psychotherapy Concentration

 

The Somatic Counseling: 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 Counseling: 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.

 

International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association

It is possible for a student graduating from the Somatic Counseling Department to use course work 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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