Somatic Psychology

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Somatic psychology and body-mind therapies are the wave of the future, approaching health and healing as a holistic venture that involves body, mind, soul, as well as the social and natural ecosystem in which the person conducts their life’s journey.

This approach is grounded the experiential awareness of our embodiment, and thus remedies the shortcomings of most 20th-century psychologies that ignore the meaningfulness of our body and its interconnectedness with all that is around it. Somatic psychology teaches us to listen to the way in which our embodiment speaks our stories and our history. Body-mind therapies recruit our whole being in the service of health, healing, and the fullest realization of our life’s potential.

In addition to preparing graduates for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (Licensed Professional Counselor, or Marriage and Family Therapist), this concentration requires the student to become familiar with body-mind modalities of healing, such as Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi, Rubenfeld Synergy, Process Psychology, etc.

The concentration involves five courses in addition to the 60-credit Masters degree, including a required course, "Foundations of Somatic Psychology". Other courses are designed according to the needs and interests of the individual student.

Student work with faculty to customize the following coursework according to the student's interests.

Core courses (15 semester credits): 

  • Foundations of Somatic Psychology and Body-mind Therapy 
  • Somatic Psychology and Contemporary Science 
  • Survey of Body-mind Therapies 
  • Practices of Body-mind Therapy 
  • Standards of Practice and Ethical Issues in Body-mind Therapy
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