Somatic Inquiry and Processing is an approach developed by Sharon Stanley PhD to address ways that chronic trauma and stress patterns are held in the body and in action patterns of behavior and gesture. As I indicated in my video on the home page, your body carrys information about your history and unresolved issues and/or trauma that can be directly accessed this way in therapy. This is different from the “talking about” process, and becomes more of a sensory based experiential process. It is an effective way to short cut the time it takes to become aware of and to talk through your issues, and becomes a dynamic and enlivening way to process and update old neurological patterns that are being held in your body.
The somatic inquiry and processing approach begins by establishing a secure and trusting relationship between you and me in the hear and now. My role then becomes one to attend and attune to your felt experience and to direct your awareness to action patterns being expressed by your body that may hold deeply stuck emotions. These patterns and/or gestures are often being expressed outside of your full awareness. By directing you to bring a sensitive awareness to these patterns we can widen your window of tolerance for your felt experience and release your energy from these stuck places. This gives you an expanded set of choices and a deeper sense of integration between your mind and your body. Sensory integration work is then the coordinating of mind, brain, and body based patterns to promote stable and comfortable functioning.
I use this approach in combination with mindfulness based stress reduction and psychodynamic psychotherapy.