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"Every life has a measure of sorrow.
Sometimes it is this that awakens us."
-- from Buddha's Little Instruction Book
Each of us has known the steep turns in the road that can define our life. We all try to face these encounters squarely ... with courage and with dignity. With calm resolve, we may be able to consider that the best may be yet to come, that everything that has a beginning has an ending, and that we can make peace with that. Each of us struggles with the idea that while we cannot avoid change we can come to better accept it when it is our uninvited guest.
I am a somatic psychotherapist. In my practice, I have incorporated all the traditional models of psychotherapy that can aid in fostering self-learning, self-healing, and self-development, but a somatic approach to counseling and psychotherapy places particular emphasis on how our inner sensations--our posture, our impulses for physical movement, our muscle tension, constriction, bracing, and bound-up energy, our respiration, heart rate, digestive processes, balance, and equilibrium--can guide our recovery from emotional and physical trauma.
Traumatic experiences are not simply stored as thoughts or emotions in the brain but are also stored as body-memories. It's how we "just know" how to ride a bike or how we seem to react "automatically" when we are startled. Somatic psychotherapy focuses on what the body is telling us about what we need and how to release those "muscle memories" in a gentle and measured manner. I have been a psychologist for over 30 years and am in private practice in Pleasant Hill, California.
With love and kindness ... George Kraus, Ph.D
Dr. Kraus was twice named Professor of the Year at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology and is currently on the graduate faculty of the Department of Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University. He is the author of At Wit's End: Plain Talk on Alzheimer's for Families and Clinicians (2nd Edition), which was chosen for the 17th Edition of outstanding University Press Books and appears on the list of suggested textbooks by the American Psychological Association - Division 20: Adult Development and Aging for use by educators offering programs and courses on the psychology of older adults. He is also the author (with Gary Gemmill, Ph.D.) of A View from the Cosmic Mirror: Reflections of the Self in Everyday Life, which examines how we can use others as mirrors to explore the undiscovered parts of ourselves.
Dr. Kraus is board certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, board certified in Group Psychotherapy by the National Registry of Group Psychotherapists, a Somatic Experiencing Trauma Practitioner and member of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and he is on the editorial board of Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal.