Body Psychotherapy

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We offer Body Psychotherapy in London and Hertfordshire to help people heal from Trauma, PTSD, Tinnitus. Body Psychotherapy is used as a complement to Psychotherapy. Body psychotherapy can also help with addiction, anxiety and depression. 

What is Body Psychotherapy?

Body psychotherapy or body therapy describes working with the body in a therapeutic type way. This means helping to understand what role the body plays in relation to difficulties we might have. It also involves helping the mind and body work together as well as calming the nervous system down following a traumatic incident or related difficulty.

Working with trauma, anxiety, panic disorder and phobias involves working with a person in a somatic way as well as a psychological way. PTSD symptoms are experienced in the body as well as the mind. Somatic symptoms of PTSD involve the somatically based nervous system. It is therefore necessary to understand what is going on in the body as well as the mind when treating trauma or PTSD symptoms. The techniques we might use as part of Body Psychotherapy include:

  • EMDR therapy
  • TRE
  • Body Awareness
  • Breath Work
  • Polyvagal Theory

What Does a Body Session Involve?

A Body Therapy session involves working with the body and the mind. An example might include understanding and managing the nervous system to reshape it toward increased flexibility of response. We use polyvagal theory to help you with this. We work with the breath, body posture and sound to promote healing through practical exercises. We might also work with body awareness and the senses to expand somatic experience rather than cognitive awareness.

How Long Body Therapy Lasts?

Body therapy is used as part of an integrated approach in conjunction with counselling and psychotherapy. Each person is different in relation to the difficulties which they might be having. We strive to work with a client until they regain a place of safety and relaxation and can negotiate life with confidence.

What are the Benefits of Body Therapy?

Body therapy has a number of key benefits. When working with trauma our somatic autonomic nervous system’s drive our experience. Body work will help you find connection and regain homeostasis and safety. It can also help you to gain insight into what is happening in the body in relation to your experience of life. This will help provide flexibility in terms of difficult experience and reduce extreme emotional response to such situations.

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Body Psychotherapy

Available in Hertfordshire & London

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Body Psychotherapy Benefits


Body psychotherapy helps to restore the body back to a state or balance, equilibrium or homeostasis. It is important to work on the body as well as the mind because of the influence they have on each other.


Trauma or psychological difficulty can make it difficult to make a connection between what is going on in our minds and our bodies. Body psychotherapy can help you make this connection so that they are able to work in synchronicity.


The breath has a great deal of influence regarding how we feel psychologically and somatically. Working with the body can help restore your breathing so that it is slow, calm and deep.


Difficulties in life, particularly trauma, might make the body feel like an unsafe space to be in. Learn to feel safe and grounded in your body.

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Body Psychotherapist


Matthew Alderton

BSc, MA, Dip, Dip Psych

Hello my name is Matthew Alderton. I trained for 7 years at The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in Paddington London to become a Counsellor and psychotherapist. I am a Psychotherapist accredited by The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). This is the leading evidence based treatment for PTSD.I specialise in the treatment of PTSD, trauma, trauma associated tinnitus and associated conditions.

I work in a holistic way using an integrated psychotherapeutic approach. This includes Psychotherapy, Body Psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

I like to see people make progress in therapy and in their lives. I am down to earth and friendly enabling you to feel safe to process your difficulties. I’m pleased to offer a range of PTSD treatments in London & Hertfordshire.

Body Psychotherapy Techniques


Mindfulness gives us an easy way in, to bring our attention to our present experience moment by moment. It enables us to appreciate our state of being and relax and slow down. Bringing mindfulness into our lives can increase our ability feel content and relaxed. 

Body Awareness

Living a hectic lifestyle with family and work commitments can lead to us going for long periods of time with very limited body awareness. Increasing this awareness increases our ability to feel relaxed and happy.  

Breath Work

Breath work is one of the few ways in which we can access and calm our body and our nervous system. Breathing is the basis of our existence. Working with the breath can transform psychological and somatic difficulties. 

Trauma Release Exercises (TRE)

TRE is a great way to help release tension held within the body and the body's nervous system. It is a set of practical exercises which you can carry out yourself with practice. It could be likened to an internal massage and helps to release tension from trauma held in the body. 

What Our Clients Have Said Following Body Psychotherapy


"I feel much more at peace in my body after body psychotherapy"

"I am now more in tune with my body and how I actually feel. I am able to check in with it to see how i am doing"

"I never realised how much of a role my nervous system had in contributing to my psychological difficulties. It is such a relief to know why I have felt the way I did for such a long time"

"I have developed some really easy practical exercises to help me feel relaxed and deal with the difficulties life throws as me"

Body Psychotherapy FAQ's

How Long Does Body Psychotherapy Last?

Body psychotherapy is integrated into normal psychotherapy. Therefore the length of body psychotherapy is dependent on the length of psychotherapy in general. Psychotherapy takes time and commitment. Every person's journey is different as are the difficulties which they might bring to therapy.

What Happens In A Body Psychotherapy Session?

We might work on practical exercises that enable you to feel at peace and at home within your own body. Examples might include grounding and body awareness. We also look at how the body plays its role with regard to emotions and the relationship between your mind and body.

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