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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.


Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP), developed by Raja Selvam (author of The Practice of Embodying Emotions: A Guide for Improving Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes) is a foundational method that integrates well with any psychotherapeutic modality. It aims at improving outcomes on an emotional, cognitive, behavioural, energetic, and spiritual level by embodying emotions. Providing more capacity in the body to contain and process strong emotions that can often be experienced as challenging or overwhelming improves affect regulation and affect tolerance.


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.

Relational Therap
Body Therapy
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