What is Psychosexual Somatics®?
"The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand:
if you want to know how the wind is blowing,
you can look at the sand"
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
Emotional wounds and feelings are experienced and stored as much in the body as they are in the mind. I use a combination of psychotherapeutic and bodywork techniques to release these memories in a mindful and gentle manner and within a safe and boundaried space.
Many sexual issues manifest in the body – but they frequently arise from the mind. Only by addressing both mind and body can we effectively heal.
From many years of study and practice, I have developed a revolutionary model which uses powerful, quick and effective techniques to allow you to understand your old, limiting patterns from the past, how these affect your present situation, and empower you to make changes for your future.
My method is a unique combination of techniques from both psychotherapeutic and bodywork disciplines.
The process involves four distinct stages, leading to the resolution of most sexual and intimacy issues.
• Awareness of blocks through psychotherapeutic processes
An important aspect of my role as a Psychosexual Somatics® Practitioner is to ensure that you feel completely safe in the container of our sessions. It is of paramount importance that your boundaries are respected at all times during this work. During a session, I work with the physical, personal, emotional and transcendent by providing a loving, accepting space which enables healing to occur.
• Removal of emotional and physical blockages through physical therapy
• Re-connection to and awakening of the body through sensual touch
• Enabling sexual empowerment and cultivating orgasmic response through bodywork
Working with each client varies enormously and there is no typical session, but elements that we work with may include:
• Psychotherapeutic techniques
• Deep tissue massage work
• Breathing and movement exercises
• Gentle, compassionate holding
• Full body, including vaginal, massage
• Therapeutically assisted orgasm
Why Work with a Man?
When men have harmed women so much on both personal and cultural levels, you may ask – why trust a man to heal these wounds? The answer is, in part, because some wounds caused by men can only be healed by a man who re-models the masculine in a healthy, respectful manner. The essence of the mature masculine is being present, focused and having clear intention. When doing this work, I am deeply present, I witness without judgement and offer guidance and support. I create safety and facilitate your healing process, embracing whatever may arise. When working with the body, unexpected emotions can be released: grief, rage, pain can all arise and be released in the safety of the session space. Being witnessed and affirmed in this healing by a masculine presence can not only heal these wounds but awaken the empowered feminine which resides in every woman.
Learning to Say No
In each session you will be encouraged to reclaim your power. This is done in part by being able to define your own boundaries. Through processes which will connect you with what feels right for you in each moment, you will be able to define and state your boundaries clearly – and know that they will be respected. This simple exercise allows you to reclaim your power in being able to say NO! The increased self-confidence can in itself heal wounds.
"Often the hands
will solve a mystery that the intellect
has struggled with in vain"