About

I am a licensed Professional Counselor and licensed Massage Therapist and teach in both professions.

My approach to body-oriented Integrative Therapy is a result of years of education and personal study in human development, trauma phenomena, group process, Myofascial therapy, Rhythmical Massage, spiritual practices, and movement as a basis for in-depth psychotherapy and hands-on bodywork.

Along with a Masters Degree in Counseling, I completed extensive courses for treating trauma and developmental issues at the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (formerly Hakomi Somatics), and continue to study with the Institute. I also completed a four-year Psychosophy Seminar that works to join psychology and Anthroposophical medicine.

My work of integrating these therapies with somatic education and careful listening provides clients with a thorough, supportive, safe, and clinically effective form of therapeutic bodywork and in-depth psychotherapy. My intent is to help clients cultivate/strengthen personal and interpersonal resources so they can carefully and safely examine traumas or other personal issues, and to gradually digest overwhelming experiences. This can allow clients to be freer and more present to all that life provides.

Working My Way Back…and Forward

Please note that I have reduced my office hours lately to make time to complete a major creative and educational project which involves a play I have written.

In Working My Way Back...and Forward I play two characters in a one-person musical about therapy. The play tells the story of a client, Uly, who finds a therapist, Jerome. Together they work on Uly's current stresses, and discover deeper traumas that deserve attention. Uly's music sings his struggles and successes. Each of them changes deeply as they work together.

For general audiences it is a conversation event, offering opportunity to experience the story of these two characters, and to discuss mental health and recovery from trauma during interludes of the play. For professionals, a CE program extends the conversations with presentations of theory and practices to expand therapy options that include those described on my site as well as others I study and find to be effective. 

© Ed Gutfreund 2016