Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy is a relational and movement-oriented approach to psychotherapy within a Gestalt therapy framework.
Inspired by the work of developmental psychologists and somatic practitioners, Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy is a template for understanding and working with early psychophysical blocks as they emerge in the here-and-now of therapy. Attending to movement patterns is particularly powerful when guided by contemporary developmental theory.
Ongoing nonverbal interactions with our primary caregivers during the first year of life set a relational foundation that is apparent both in the everyday life of the adult and in psychotherapy. Even though our adult postural attitudes, gestures gait and breathing patterns have changed over time, the foundations established in our first year remain readily observable and available. Attending to these patterns within the psychotherapy session is specially powerful.