What is Somatic Therapy?

Rachel Otis graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco with her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology; with a concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy. 

Since then she has started her own private practice that allows for teletherapy to connect with clients worldwide, in which she combines her passion for: body justice, human rights, & intersectional feminism with her love of somatic interventions, resources, & tools. At this point you may understandably be asking yourself, “What exactly does somatic even mean in this context!?” Very valid question! 

Somatic Therapy veers from traditional talk therapy in that it directly works with the mind-body connection, which is often actively disconnected in modern society, bridging the gap to understanding how our thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, gestures, pains, & pleasures communicate to inform one another of core cycles, patterns, and pathways. 

Because of rampant phobias and isms; i.e. Fat Phobia, homophobia, racism, ableism, classism, xenophobia, sexism, etc...many of us have been forced to utilize protective armors, which may now no longer serve our growth at all times in the same way. Thus, we must empower ourselves to truly KNOW ourselves; wholely & whole-istically. Our mind-body isn’t in fact simply divided into an innumerable number of separate parts as the medical system may have us believing; everything is interconnected so we must bring the body back into the equation. 

I am here to support your own journey in doing just that no matter what form it manifests in. This means we can explore together, relationally, what best works for the unique & brilliant being that is you. And, we can do so in innovative, creative, & trauma-informed ways that resonate deep beyond the constructions & constrictions of the spoken word (talking is certainly involved however). 

Any given session could consist of: guided mediation, creating art, non-directed play, yoga or dance, traditions or rituals, exploring repetitive gestures, breathing techniques, supportive touch, and more…there is room for any given need in every given moment. All of you in welcomed, witnessed, & honored by all of me. I am here to support you on your life’s journey – no matter the current location or ultimate destination. 


*Sliding scale rates available.

*Special gift from me to you: free 30 minute introductory somatic therapy session.

*Contact rachelotistherapy@gmail.com for scheduling details and to join my email list for future offers. 

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