Introduction to Somatic Psychotherapy

Presented by Andrea L. Bell, LCSW, SEP on 01-25-2019 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Everything we experience comes to us through our physical bodies—through our sensory systems, our brains, our nervous systems, and our physical actions in the world. Our decisions and actions have a tremendous impact on the well-being and function of our bodies, for better or worse. Loss of function in our physical health, temporary or permanent, is often the source of crisis, whereas our peak experiences involve a sense of deep embodiment. On a day to day basis, feeling grounded and alive serves as the foundation for deep satisfaction and well-being.

In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Andrea Bell, LCSW will discuss somatic awareness, a tool often overlooked in the therapy room. Clients struggling with mood or associated behaviors often benefit from somatic awareness, as the root of mood disorders can be found in the body’s stress response cycle. Likewise, somatic awareness is often a crucial component for clients working to resolve identity issues, developmental challenges, existential issues, and many other common reasons for contacting a therapist. 

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe somatic psychotherapy and how it can support therapists’ toolkit and the therapy process.
  2. Explain “the felt sense” in somatic psychotherapy.
  3. Explain “the resonance” in somatic psychotherapy.
  4. Summarize the differences between shock and developmental traumas.
  5. Discuss important precautions regarding somatic psychotherapy.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety.

To receive CE credit hours for an archived event, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events generally are considered "homestudy" by licensing boards. 

GoodTherapy is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. 

GoodTherapy is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 3/30/19 – 3/30/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits.

GoodTherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.

GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.

GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

To receive CE credit hours for an archived event, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 12 or 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events generally are considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

Registration Information

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Mental health professionals who are not members can attend this live web conference for $29.95 or access the homestudy recording for $14.95. Sign up here to purchase this CE course and earn a CE certificate.

If the event is canceled by GoodTherapy, registrants who purchased the event will be notified and the charge for the event will be refunded.

If the event is canceled by GoodTherapy, registrants who purchased the event will be notified and the charge for the event will be refunded

If you have any questions or would like information regarding disability accommodations, please contact us.

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Meet the Presenter

Andrea L. Bell, LCSW, SEP

Andrea L. Bell, LCSW, SEP

Andrea L. Bell, LCSW, SEP, is a practicing somatic psychotherapist, ecotherapist and California Naturalist. She is the founder of SomaticWise, a therapy and ecological practice with the mission of supporting life, healing and regeneration during these troubled times. She has been a licensed psychotherapist since 2003, and began practicing somatic psychotherapy in 2009. She also holds a certificate in Therapeutic Touch for Psychotherapists. Andrea has served on the Assistant team of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute since 2011, supporting Somatic Experiencing trainings in the United States and abroad. She also served as Adjunct Faculty at the California State University, Long Beach, in the Graduate Department of Social Work. Andrea recently launched her own YouTube channel, SomaticWise, with the purpose of educating the public about self-regulation and biosphere/ecosystem regeneration. Andrea has also been a regular contributor to the GoodTherapy Blog.

Andrea has been passionate about the helping profession ever since high school, when she first learned it was possible to help others heal through relationship and unconditional positive regard. Andrea embraced ecotherapy when she discovered that self-regulation and wellbeing improved with engagement in nature, for individuals, families and communities. Her passion for native (indigenous) plants, and the wildlife they support, has led her to help restore local ecosystems devastated by land use change and habitat loss. She has a special knack for connecting and working with highly intelligent and creative people, and helping them find their particular purpose. You can find more information about Andrea and her work at www.somaticwise.net

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • Logo This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2016 - 03/30/2019. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.
  • Person Centered Tech, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Person Centered Tech, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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