Somatic psychotherapy (Greek σωμα = body), also called body psychotherapy, considers the body essential to human beings' experience. It recognizes the functional unity of mind and body and explores the complex interactions between these two realms.

Helma holds a PhD in Somatic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition to this comprehensive training in body-based psychotherapy, Helma has been influenced by other somatic approaches:


This specialized training recognizes the fundamental interconnectedness of all human beings and the importance of healing in and through relationship. Embodied and relational processes are seen to be at the heart of a person's capacity to interact deeply and intimately with other people.


Hakomi, a Hopi word meaning “How do you stand in relation to these many realms?” is the psychotherapeutic method developed by Ron Kurtz. It uses mindful awareness as an integral part of accessing deeply held core beliefs.

In addition, Helma interweaves techniques and skills from Biosynthesis, The Moving Cycle, and Process Work in a synergistic and unique blend.