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Masters Thesis

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Master of Social Work


School for Social Work


Post-traumatic stress disorder-Treatment, Body-mind centering, Somatic interventions, Trauma, PTSD, Perceived efficacy, United States, Trauma disorders, Treatment


This study sought to explore U.S. clinicians’ perceptions of somatic interventions in the clinical treatment of trauma-related symptoms. Qualitative data was gathered through an anonymous online survey with nine open-ended questions exploring knowledge, use, and perceived efficacy of somatic interventions. Sixteen participants completed the survey. Participants varied in their level of formal training in somatic intervention. Upon analysis of the survey data, this study found that all participants use grounding techniques. Most participants reported that these interventions benefit their clients, especially those who do not respond to talk therapies. Participants reported a desire for access to more knowledge, training and empirical support for their interventions. Clinicians' barriers to access were discussed.




iii, 38 pages. Includes bibliographical references (pages 30-32)