Superpowers and Body Psychotherapy
Recently I’ve started asking clients during their intake assessments what their “Superpower” is. “What’s your superpower? What’s your “jam?” What can you do really well? (Even if you’re not currently doing it?”) It’s beautiful to hear the different responses and it’s a great reminder that despite the hardship or struggle one might be experiencing, we also have superpowers!
So, what’s my jam? People! I love people and I love learning ways to assist in their personal growth and healing. And I love Somatic Counseling, also known as Body Psychotherapy. “Soma” is Greek, referring to the “body.” Somatic Counseling is mental health counseling that offers a holistic approach by incorporating both the body and the mind. Here’s the thing, the mind has the ability to hijack itself. And it does this ALL THE TIME! The body on the other hand, doesn’t have this same ability. So if we can facilitate a therapy session that includes the breath, movements, sensations of the body, or images, we have the potential for tapping into a deeper level of wisdom. Our bodies are so wise!
Another way of using somatic counseling is by becoming more aware of the body’s movements and it’s repertoire. Everyone has a movement repertoire. (What does that mean? It’s the way you walk, how you move your hands when you speak, or the fact that you don’t, its how you tilt your head, shuffle your feet, enter a room, get up from a chair, etc.) And usually our verbal dialogue is connected to our conscious, where-as our non-verbal dialogue is connected to our unconscious. Why not use a therapeutic approach that addresses both dialogues? Let’s make room for both! This is my “jam.”