Somatic therapy centers body-awareness in the therapeutic process. Our approach integrates Somatic Experiencing, Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology, applied attachment theory, polyvagal theory, and autonomic nervous system physiology. 

 

Healing Developmental trauma

We specialize in healing early developmental trauma with adults and children. We also work with parents and babies in resolving trauma in pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

 

Healing Complex Chronic Illness

Somatic therapy is an important component of a functional medicine approach to healing complex chronic illness. According to Dr. James Jealous, DO, at least 80% of illness is related to the autonomic nervous system. 

Sessions are based on working with the immune system, the autonomic nervous system and the central nervous system to repair and resolve the impacts of chronic illness and support a new way forward.

This includes:

  • resolving trauma associated with the experience of illness, treatments and navigating health care systems
  • exploring and repairing any challenging experiences that co-occured at the onset of illness
  • tracking your healing process
  • reviewing treatment options with you and supporting you in making decisions
  • clarifying intentions and goals

We offer this work within an anti-oppression framework, including understanding the way ableism has framed the idea of wellness or health. We support health and vitality as a self-determined experience, not based on external criteria, and coaching is focused on what you desire. 

 

Working Together

Sessions are 1 or 1.5 hours and can be in-person in our Berkeley office or online via Zoom video call, and are scheduled on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis, whatever best suits your needs. If you need a sliding scale rate, please email elsa@prenatalbirthandattachmentclinic.com to discuss this, as we do not want financial barriers to block access to care.

If you have any questions, please book a complimentary consult to discuss working together. This is also a time to share a little bit about your health and see if we have experience working with the particular issues you are healing.