Antioch University Santa Barbara’s MA in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy prepares you to becoming a licensed MFT with specialization the leading-edge holistic approach of somatics. Somatic psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach embracing the interconnection between the body, emotions, cognition, and sense of self. It is applied in the treatment of psychological and physical responses to trauma and post-traumatic stress disorders, as well as in responding to a vast range of life issues including depression, anxiety, and attachment disorders. Somatic approaches draw from scientific evidence that feeling, sensation, expression, movement, and emotions are embodied through the course of development, in patterns impacting how we function including how we relate to ourselves and others.
Through exploration of what is embodied, including body sensation, posture, and expression, somatic psychotherapists help clients explore and shift patterns to alleviate symptoms of trauma and stress to enhance well-being. As the demand for training and specialization in somatic therapy has increased, graduates of AUSB’s Somatic Psychotherapy programs acquire applied tools for integrating traditional and contemporary psychological perspectives with cutting-edge somatic approaches.
This degree is offered by AU Santa Barbara.
AUSB’s Somatic Psychotherapy programs are taught by faculty who are well-respected experts in the field of somatic therapy and other holistic therapeutic approaches. Students will learn from active professionals who are thought leaders, teachers, and practitioners with decades of experience.
- Shira Musicant, LMFT – Musicant has been practicing as a somatic therapist for more than 30 years. In addition to training in dance/movement therapy (BC-DMT) and somatic experiencing (SEP), she has studied Hakomi with Dr. Ron Kurtz and is a Level II practitioner of sensorimotor psychotherapy. Her approach as a therapist is informed by more than 35 years of studying and teaching authentic movement and process-oriented EMDR.
- John Galaska, PsyD – Dr. Galaska is a certified neurofeedback practitioner (BCIA), hypnotherapist (NGH), and equine assisted therapist (PATH). He has expertise in interpersonal neurobiology and applied behavior analysis, complemented with Rogerian Techniques of Dr. Thomas Gordon’s Effectiveness Training. His practice integrates neurofeedback training with hypnotherapy and mindfulness.
- Victoria Stevens, PhD – Dr. Stevens is a licensed clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, researcher, and educator, with specialized certifications in hypnosis and the treatment of victims and perpetrators of violent crimes. She studied interpersonal affective neurobiology with Allan Schore for more than a decade and is a founding faculty member of the California Institute of the Arts Teaching Artist Training Program.
- Angela DeVita, PhD – Dr. DeVita is a licensed MFT, coach, and consultant who specializes in helping her clients with relationship issues. She is a registered art therapist, Neuro-Emotional Technique practitioner, and depth psychotherapist. Her research interests include somatic psychology, trans-generational transmssion, and the arts and mental health.
- Rebeca Farca, MA – Farca is licensed in humanist counseling, group processing, core energetics, and gestalt psychotherapy by the IHPG Institute in Mexico, where she practiced before relocating to California. She is an educator who teaches sensorimotor psychotherapy, and she lectures at agencies and institutions in the US, including the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Melissa Cordero, PsyD – Dr. Cordero is a Spanish-speaking bilingual and bicultural certified yoga teacher and licensed psychologist. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor UCLA, specializing in trauma and working with youth engaging in non-suicidal self-injury.
“For real change to take place, the body needs to learn that the danger has passed and to live in the reality of the present.” – Bessel Van der Kolk
Antioch University Santa Barbara’s MA in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy dives deep into this unique psychological approach to the self through an integrated body-mind lens, while teaching practical skills that can be applied within various theoretical modalities and populations.
Our educational model is highly experiential, delivered through a combination of lectures, group exercises, interactive role play, audio-visual, and readings, bringing together historical and current theoretical models with state-of-the-art professional experiential training.
The concentration is offered through 6 courses over a 10 week period (including one weekend and one online course), for a total of 15 units. Students currently in the AUSB MA in Clinical Psychology program, who have completed 8 quarters, can enroll in a 9th quarter to fulfill requirements for the concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy.
Requirements for the MA in Clinical Psychology, concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy
- Students in the MACP concentrations in Latino Mental Health and Healthy Aging are also eligible for the concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy by extending the program one extra quarter. These students will receive an MA in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy and Healthy Aging, or Somatic Psychotherapy and Latino Mental Health.
- All graduates of the MA in Clinical Psychology program meet the educational requirements for California licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
The MACP concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy can be completed over 10 weeks with the following course requirements (total 15 units):
- Introduction to Theories and Techniques of Somatic Psychotherapy (3 units)
- Neurobiology, Stress, and Somatic Psychotherapy (online, 1.5 Units)
- Somatic Approaches to Trauma and PTSD (3 Units)
- Movement, Mindfulness, and the Expressive Arts in Somatic Psychotherapy (hybrid: two Saturdays plus online modules, 3 units)
- Practicum – Somatic Psychotherapy Consultation (3 Units)
- Standards of Practice and Ethical Issues in Somatic Psychotherapy (online, 1.5 Units)
The courses will be offered in a laboratory style, experiential learning environment, combining theoretical learning with bodywork including movement and demonstration of somatic practice.
The MA in Clinical Psychology program and all its concentrations, including Somatic Psychotherapy, start in Fall and Winter Quarters each year.
How to Apply
For the MACP concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy, please see admissions information for the MA in Clinical Psychology.
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