Working as a somatic psychotherapist requires developing a way of thinking and seeing from an embodied perspective. The somatic element is always happening and always available for us to work with, and this course aims to help you establish a somatic framework of thinking so that in the moment you can make informed choices. A review of fundamental theories will be covered along with a deeper dive into the applications of interventions at different stages of therapy. Attention to non-clinical elements of practice will be included as an invitation to consider how to write, speak, and hold continuity as a somatic practitioner throughout your practice.
- Develop a working definition of secure attachment from an embodied lens
- Describe your approach to clinical work as a somatic psychotherapist
- Practice clinically relevant embodied mindfulness skills
- Identify cues to assess a client’s nervous system
- Identify somatic intentions for different stages of therapy
- Identify and describe at least five primary somatic interventions
Inertia DeWitt is a multifaceted creative, activist, psychotherapist, and entrepreneur. She is the founder and clinical director of The OHM Center, a trauma recovery center focused on holistic and psycho-sensory treatment programs for BIPOC communities. She holds an MA in Depth Psychotherapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute, an MFA in Dance from Arizona State, and is Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California. Additionally, Inertia is a trained EMDR and BRainspotting practitioner, a Certified Yoga Teacher with over 10 years experience, and is a Certified Brain Health Practitioner with the Amen Clinics.
Specializing in the treatment of trauma and use of somatic psychotherapy approaches, she provides individual and couples psychotherapy services rooted in healing the body-mind connection. She brings with her a wide range of skills and perspectives, including but not limited to psycho-sensory therapies, depth psychotherapy, attachment theory, neuroscience, somatic practices, dance, archetypes, the chakra system, astrology, and expressive art therapies to her therapy clients, events, and workshops. She has a profound respect and fascination with the power of the body and the human propensity to heal. She believes that healing is mutual due to the deeply interconnected relationship of all beings on this planet, and that prioritizing one’s health is one of the most radical forms of activism of our time.