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Somatic Movement Therapy Ireland

 "My belief is in the blood and flesh as being wiser than the intellect. The body-unconscious is where life bubbles up in us. It is how we know that we are alive, alive to the depths of our souls and in touch somewhere with the vivid reaches of the cosmos."

D. H. Lawrence

Somatic Therapy

What is Somatic Therapy?

Somatic (or body oriented) Therapy is a form of therapy that encourages awareness of the relationship between body and mind.


The main goal of Somatic Therapy is to support clients in attuning to the self-healing within their own bodies.


Through developing this body mind awareness, clients begin to experience more aliveness and creativity within themselves, enhancing the ability to self-regulate and be in nourishing relationship with others.

Therapy sessions typically involve the client tracking her or his experience of sensations throughout the body, and where appropriate include working with breath, movement, sound, and healing touch.

An awareness of the client as a whole interconnected being is held by the therapist so whatever arises is met with a sense of ‘warm hearted curiosity’ as the basis of enquiry into the nature of suffering and well-being.


Skills that Somatic practitioners have trained in and can offer:


  • Talking therapy, anchored in sensation and embodied presence

  • Tracking body sensations and facilitating movement

  • Mindfulness and deep listening

  • Authentic movement as an embodied awareness practice

  • A neuro-biological approach to resolving trauma

  • Art: Guided creative process and expression

  • Touch and hands-on techniques drawn from BodyMind Centering and Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapy


Somatic Movement Therapist and Educators may offer any or all of the following: individual therapy, group therapy, classes, courses and workshops. Practitioners work with adults, adolescents and/or younger children and babies.

Every practitioner brings their own skills, experiences and interests into their work, thus influencing a particular and unique way of working in the somatic therapy and education field.





Signe Dempelsone

West Wicklow/South Kildare

Signe is a Somatic Movement Therapist living and practising in the West Wicklow/South Kildare area.

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Michelle Callaghan


Michelle is an accredited Origins Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator based in Cork.

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Tina Hannon


Tina Hannon (PhD, BSc) is an integrative somatic therapist and movement educator with a practice based in Galway city.

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Margaret Link


Margaret is an experienced and fully accredited ‘ORIGINS’ Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist with over 25 years professional practice in the healing arts.

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Deirdre Cotter


Dee Cotter ISTD, Dip, PGDip, SMET is an Integrative Somatic Therapist and Movement Educator, in practice in the West Cork area.

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Aisling Richmond


Aisling is a somatic therapist and group facilitator, based in Co.Donegal and also available online.

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Sally Ann O'Reilly

Kildare/Dublin South

Sally Ann O’Reilly (BA, Dip. SMET) is an accredited ORIGINS Somatic Therapist and Movement Educator practicing from south County Dublin and Kildare

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Patricia Grey-Amante


Patricia is a Somatic Movement Psychotherapist, with over fourteen years professional experience.

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Colette Lynch


Colette Lynch (MA, P.G. Dip) is an accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist and Somatic Movement Therapist.  

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Please see each therapist's profile for contact details
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