Emo-Somatic (Combination) Therapy - SafeHaven Trauma Centre

Emo-somatic (or combination) therapy is a care-plan where psychotherapy and craniosacral therapy are combined

In our practice we have found combining psychotherapy and craniosacral therapy highly effective in trauma recovery.

By integrating body work with established principles for emotional and psychological health this treatment approach allows clients to address:

  • Psychological health
  • Physical concerns
  • The impact each may impart on the other.



This is a talking therapy focused on creating change by understanding the underlying drivers behind why we do the things we do and how our past is influencing our present.

Emo-Somatic Psychotherapy TM (ESPs)

Emo-Somatic Psychotherapy TM (previously known as somato-emotional psychotherapy) is an integrative psycho-therapeutic approach to mind-body health. Developed by Charlotte Copeland, ESPs has been shown to be effective both as a stand alone psychotherapy (with award winning published research for its application with cancer patients), as well as combined with craniosacral therapy.

Emo-Somatic Psychotherapy interlaces key aspects of person centred therapy and psychosynthesis with psychodynamic principles. ESPs seeks to marry key principles from the fields of humanistic and psychodynamic psychology, with the express aim of creating an environment of unconditional regard, ensuring a client-led process and facilitating the bringing of non-conscious information into conscious awareness for the purpose self-development and personal responsibility.

When Emo-Somatic Psychotherapy is merged with bio-mechanical craniosacral therapy, the combined treatment (known as Emo-Somatic Therapy) has been found to have multiple benefits over and above either psychotherapy or physical therapy undertaken alone.


Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a type of bodywork therapy that can create dynamic improvements by releasing strain patterns running deep within the body, relieving pain and dysfunction and improving whole-body health and performance.

People generally use craniosacral therapy treatment to relieve symptoms of pain and dysfunction; from stress and tension related disorders, musco-skeletal pain, migraines and headaches, pain and spinal cord injuries to other acute and chronic conditions.

At SafeHaven we predominantly use bio-mechanical craniosacral therapy in treatment.

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