Somatic Therapy for

Integrative Mental Health

with Christina de Cossio, M.A., LMFT, SE

An integrative path to connection and feeling better includes...


Clinical Somatic Psychotherapy

Neuro-Affective Relational Model (NARM)

Specialize trauma-informed care includes the cutting-edge approach to resolving relational trauma called Neuro-Affective Relational Model (NARM). NARM is a psychobiological approach to clinical counseling. Practicing the NARM approach helps people address concerns not only through talking, but also through developing awareness of their body in relationship to their thoughts and emotions.

A central aspect to NARM includes compassionate exploration and guidance in developing the skill of somatic mindfulness. Together we use curiosity and attunement to build the capacity to notice what's happening in the present moment. Somatic mindfulness practice supports building more functional self-regulation capacities, and accessing the body-mind's innate intelligence towards well-being.

The NARM approach supports understanding and connecting with our emotional lives, relationships, illnesses, injuries, shame, trauma, and personal dynamics as part of a truly holistic healing process.

Hand-on Tools for Regulation + Resourcing

Once we identify where there are instabilities in the physical body, or vulnerabilities due to stress in the nervous system, then we utilize purposeful hand-on therapy techniques to support better self-regulation capacities, release shock, improve the body-mind (neuro-biological) and mind-emotional (neuro-affective) connections. Purposeful therapeutic-bodywork interventions are intended to support the body-mind's ability to organically organize towards health and vitality.

Neuro-Affective + Advanced Bodywork

Neuro-Affective Bodywork is used selectively and purposely with the NARM approach to support improving functional self-regulation capacities, and accessing the body-mind's innate intelligence towards well-being.


Neuro-Affective Bodywork is a hands-on practice of attuning to what may be contributing to symptoms expressing themselves in the body, in particular traumatic shock in the body, and the impact of developmental trauma and chronic stress. 


Sometimes when we begin to uncover the source of symptoms the body-mind changes, and sometimes symptoms get worse before they get better. We discuss how and what changes are occuring in the therapeutic process.

Neuromuscular Bodywork
​​​Neuromuscular Reprogramming (NMR)

Neuromuscular Reprogramming, NMR, is used as an advanced bodywork tool in addressing physical symptoms of stress and nervous system-dysregulation in the body. This hands-on movement-assessment tool supports a holistic approach by bringing awareness to how the nervous system and the brain (neuro) are communicating, connecting, and coordinating with the body (reflex and muscular system). 

NMT and NMR assist recovery from acute injury, chronic musculo-skeletal pain, scoliosis, postural alignment problems, coordination difficulties, and sports injuries. An integrated approach for complex conditions involving musculo-skeletal and neurological disorganization gets the best results. NeuroMuscular structural analysis, range of motion, and movement assessment with muscle testing (NMR) is combined with manual therapy techniques to release stress, shock & trauma, align and stabilize the spine, and retrain the brain. This enables us to achieve faster results than any modality used alone.


Movement Awareness Education & Integration

Movement therapy as an awareness practice is an optional tool and method to include in the therapeutic process and treatment plan. The practice can support re-organizing developmental movement patterns and the relationship to self expression. Often, symptoms are locked in by habitual movement patterns that keep those symptoms from resolving.


For those who are ready and curious, we explore what arises in the process of consciously tracking, following or directing our intention, breath, sound and movement for holistic integration of the Self (SMI tm). This process can deepen anchoring body-mind pathways for emotional, physical and energetic aliveness, expansion and empowerment.


Movement awareness practice is resourceful and appropriate for all ages and stages of life! 

Starting with Collaboration and Working Together...

You have the choice to focus exclusively in somatic psychotherapy or include specialised brain-emotional (neuro-affective )bodywork or movement therapy into your healing sessions. Integrating them can take various forms of alternating treatment sessions, doing a series of one and then a series of the other, or doing both concurrently. Which approach and modalities/interventions we use will depend on your situation and will be done with your collaboration, informed consent and on purpose. After our initial session we will explicitly agree to what we think will be helpful and what may not. We will work together to adjust your treatment plan along the way.


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