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Somatic Psychotherapy for Anxiety

Carmen Littlejohn explains how somatic psychotherapy can change behaviour patterns and reduce anxiety. Watch the video or read the transcript below.

Anxiety is probably one of the most common issues I see in therapy. It really stems from people either worrying about the past or worrying about what is going to happen in the future. It’s never about people really being present in the moment.

Often what we have to do is look at what in that past has them so scared that it’s going to happen again in the future. Mindfulness is probably one of the best tools we can use for anxiety because mindfulness is about working at staying in the present moment.

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We use somatic psychology a lot to deal with anxiety because anxiety tends to be a thought pattern in the mind, but we’re always dealing with the symptoms of anxiety of how they arise in the body. In somatic psychology, we’re really working at not just talking about what makes us anxious, we’re looking at processing the feelings so that we don’t have to live with the feeling of anxiety all the time.

In somatic psychology we work with the symptoms in the body and process those out, and usually it calms the thoughts down. At Helix, we encourage people to come in and get these tools before the crisis happens. When crisis does happen, which it does for everybody, if we already have the tools in place and we’ve practiced them, then we can go through a crisis fairly easily.

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Often when we’re trying to change a behaviour pattern, we’re always feeling a certain reaction or feeling different feelings that may have nothing to do with present day, but the brain is always trying to convince us that whatever we’re feeling isn’t right and that we should just get over it.

Somatic psychology is trying to help fix that problem because neuroscience is showing that we can’t just change the thoughts, because the reaction that we’re feeling in our body is in a different part of the brain. We have to work in resolving the past, so that the past can be a memory and so that we can live in the present moment really free of all that reaction.

 

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