Somatic movement practice
EXPAT SOMATIC THERAPY is glad you are here!

Are you experiencing changes, trying to overcome a challenging time or ready to embark on a journey of self discovery?

Here is the good news. Traditional psychotherapy is alive and well. However, what about adding creative forms of expression and communication into your therapeutic process? This can help you to overcome life’s obstacles or to find your creative voice.

I am Claudia, a qualified Dance Therapist or Body-oriented Therapist. My approach includes what is defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement. When processing emotions these are felt and expressed in motion. One connects with the other.

My aim is to provide you with a safe space to explore the incredible and often challenging relationship that manifests in the connection between mind and body. I am committed to delivering high-quality service and together we will investigate how the body is the key to become more aware of what you want and where you wish to go. My approach is non-judgemental. I always connect with my clients starting from their needs and goals.

“ I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them”
- Baruch Spinoza

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About Body- Oriented therapy

A short introduction

What is Body-oriented therapy?

Somatic Therapy or of Body-oriented Therapy focuses on the connection of the mind and body. Somatic therapists use exercises, dance improvisation, and physical techniques together with talking therapy. Those methods help to release the tension that is negatively affecting your physical and emotional wellbeing.

In body-based therapy, attention is given to the relationship between the physical symptom and what is going on in your life. The focus is on the link between physical stress and the emotional or mental issue that might cause the stress to sit for a long time in your body.

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Why Expats?

We all come from different backgrounds and with unique life histories. People that travel and live in many countries leave their traces in many spaces in the world. To be able to enrich ourselves with cultural diversity is a gift. However, the process of integrating and adapting to a new culture can be challenging and painful. I have experience with many clients that go through this CHANGE. Often it is perceived with a sense of missing or losing something from their previous or their present “lives”. In some scenarios, people struggle with feelings of belonging or can feel discriminated, alone and lost. This is normal when living in a new environment. Having been living abroad for many years I am confident I can support other expats in their integration process so that they find their way to express themselves and their abilities fully. Body oriented work can allow clients with rich geographical backgrounds to feel at peace with the many cultures living in their bodies.

About me

An overview

What to expect in a session?

A session can look much like a talk therapy session, but it is not. You will be working in a dance studio. Your personal story and your sharing will be integrated and expressed with your whole “body” and not just processed by talking. There are many ways to approach this transition. It can incorporate breathing exercises, meditation, mindfulness and mirroring techniques, and yes, moving and dance! in addition to verbal processing.
It is always up to the client how large the movement/ dance is going to be or how indulgent. This serves the purpose of self-expression and communication. By learning to truly listen to our body while breathing into pain or discomfort you will feel a shift occur.

Interesting facts...
Not many people are familiar with the emotional and psychological impact that movement can have on mental health and well-being. Studies have shown that 55% of our way of communicating is non verbal so wouldn’t it make sense to work with a professional who can address that?
Because no therapy is complete if it separates mind from body.

Prevention is the real cure...
Prevention is the real cure. It is very common to think that those who seek therapy must be experiencing emotional distress. Therapy can also benefit those who simply wish to learn more about themselves to improve their social, personal and spiritual skiIls. Improving body awareness can allow clients to notice subtle signs of unbalance in their lives. In this way you can intervene before symptoms develop in the future.

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