Somatic: Body Psychotherapy Concentration

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Somatic: Body Psychotherapy concentration draws upon the diverse field of body-centered psychotherapy and trains students to integrate bodywork, movement, and somatic education principles with counseling and psychotherapy skills. Formed alongside modern Western psychotherapy through the work of Reich, Lowen, Pierrakos, Keleman, Perls, Kurtz, Gendlin, and others, it integrates traditional therapeutic practices with attention to sensation and body states, allowing unconscious material to manifest and be worked with using breath, touch, movement, sensation, and imagery. The Somatic: Body Psychotherapy concentration focuses on the classical energy model of body psychotherapy, as well as object relations and self-psychology, the Gestalt-based Moving Cycle, and other modern models of sensorimotor tracking, conscious movement, and relational techniques.

Dual Concentration

Qualified students may apply for the Dual Concentration after their first semester of study. The Dual Concentration offers students an opportunity to receive education in both Dance/Movement Therapy and Body Psychotherapy. Students who are Dual Concentration complete an additional 4 credits in order to fulfill the program requirements for both concentrations. Students interested in this option should work with their academic advisor to plan their course work.

International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association

It is possible for a student graduating from the Somatic Counseling Department to use coursework to fulfill the requirements for the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association’s (ISMETA) certification as a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) and/or Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME). 

Degree Requirements

First year, fall

  • CNSS500 Somatic Counseling Orientation Seminar (noncredit)
  • CNSS621 Body/Movement Observation and Assessment I (3)
  • CNSS623 Group Community Skills I (noncredit)
  • CNSB626 Foundations of Body Psychotherapy (2)
  • CNSS631 Counseling & Helping Relationships I: Verbal & Nonverbal Skills (3)
  • CNSS646 The Body in Meditation and Psychotherapy I (1)
  • CNSS657 Clinical Neuroscience (3)

First year, spring

  • CNSS610 Social and Multicultural Foundations (3)
  • CNSS637 Body/Movement Observation and Assessment II (2)
  • CNSS653 Group Community Skills II (noncredit)
  • CNSS661 Counseling & Helping Relationships II: Verbal & Nonverbal Skills (3)
  • CNSS711 Career Development I (2)
  • CNSS751 Group Counseling (3)

Second year, fall

  • CNSS605 Advanced Counseling Skills I (2)
  • CNSS620 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • CNSS649 The Body in Meditation and Psychotherapy II (1)
  • CNSS700 Assessment (3)
  • CNSS723 Group Community Skills III (noncredit)
  • CNSS790 Counseling Practicum (3)

Second year, spring

  • CNSS663 Family Systems: Methods of Family Therapy (2)
  • CNSS710 Research & Program Evaluation (3)
  • CNSB716 Specialized Approaches in Body Psychotherapy: Trauma, Resilience, and Change (2)
  • CNSS736 Current Methods and Skills in Psychotherapy (3)
  • CNSS753 Group Community Skills IV (noncredit)
  • CNSS756 Advanced Counseling Skills II: Diagnosis and Treatment in Clinical Mental Health (3)

Third year, fall

  • CNSS801 Professional Counseling Orientation & Ethical Practice (3)
  • CNSS823 Group Community Skills V (noncredit)
  • CNSS834 Master’s Paper Seminar I (1)
  • CNSB871 Internship I: Body Psychotherapy (2)

Third year, spring

  • CNSS731 Career Development II (1)
  • CNSS835 Master’s Paper Seminar II (1)
  • CNSS853 Group Community Skills VI (noncredit)
  • CNSB891 Internship II: Body Psychotherapy (2)

Total Credits 60