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somatica attachment therapy

I am excited to continue my education and have obtained my Somataic Attachment Therapy certification.


Somatic Attachment therapy involves forming intimate bonds with themselves (embodiment), other people, and the environment. These bonds form the supportive foundation to be adaptive, learn and grow from new experiences, and flourish in one's goals and relationships. When there has been a consistent presence, and a person has felt a sense of connection and safety, this forms a secure relational attachment. A secure attachment supplies an intrinsic feeling of safety, acceptance, and belonging; it becomes the bedrock, or foundational experience, from which a person can more easily grow and thrive.


‘Soma’ is a Greek word for ‘the living body known from within’ or known to the Self. This ‘knowing’ signifies wholeness. Somatic therapy is an experiential approach toward mind-body integration. The pain, overwhelm, and coping responses manifested by attachment trauma take us away from feeling at home in our body, with other people, or at home within the world. Somatic therapy brings us back.

The manifestations of attachment trauma are primarily subconscious, so using words (i.e., talk therapy) or psycho-education alone is an incomplete approach to transformation. Profound healing and re-patterning come from the body (cellular) changes. A somatic therapy approach acknowledges the narrative of our attachment journey. It guides clients into their body's wisdom to restore the innate capacity to bond, form healthy and adaptive boundaries, and flourish in all aspects of relationships.

Somatic Attachment Therapy helps:

  • Restore the body as a place of safety and as a conduit for love.

  • Feel an embodied core sense of self.

  • Compassionately renew a felt sense of connection and security.

  • Release stored tensions in the body that contribute to defensiveness, avoidance, or anxiety.

  • Expand the ability to process body (preverbal and nonverbal) memory.

  • Metabolize unprocessed emotions.

  • Create deep and sustaining intimate relationships.

  • Break the cycle of reenacting protective attachment patterns in relationships.

  • Create the internal and external conditions for attachment re-patterning versus merely working with symptom reduction.

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