Somatic Trauma Therapy
Somatic trauma therapy developed by Babette Rothschild, is a body psychotherapy, without body contact, which uses a variety of techniques to help a person get their feet back on the ground, and increase the quality of their life after experiencing a trauma.
Traumas are events that threaten one's life and/or limb, which are overwhelming for a person. They can be physical, emotional or mental. Post traumatic stress disorder can result from one big trauma or a gradual build up of many lesser traumas that eventually surpass the individual's stress threshold.
The after effects of traumas may be panic attacks, fears, nervousness, reduction in life quality, avoidance of particular places or feelings and nightmares.
Somatic trauma therapy helps a person
- build up external and internal resources
- become more aware of their body and
- develop dual awareness, i.e. be able to
notice what sensations they are feeling
in their body and at the same time be
able to describe things in the room
where they are at the present moment
- develop control over memories to
enhance resources and to decrease
threatening sensations and thoughts
- understand that the traumatic event
happened in the past and that they
survived it. This works with the limbic
system in the brain.
- develop trust in themselves
- develop an understanding of their
Somatic trauma therapy can support many other therapies and help to make them safe for the client.