"Every life has a measure of sorrow.
Sometimes it is this that awakens us."
~ from Buddha's Little Instruction Book
I have been a psychologist for over 30 years and practice what I call Dynamic Integrative Somatic Psychotherapy. In my clinical practice, I have incorporated all the traditional models of psychotherapy that can aid in fostering self-learning, self-healing, and self-development--psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, family systems, Gestalt, encounter, and other theoretical perspectives--but I also employ a somatic approach to the work, where particular emphasis is placed on how what we experience physically in our body can guide us in revolutionary new ways on our path to greater wholeness. This approach is called Somatic Experiencing.® Click here to learn more!
Our memories of good experiences are not simply stored in the brain as thoughts or emotions but are also stored as body-memories. Those body-memories influence our posture, our impulses for physical movement, our muscle tension, muscle and joint constriction, our "bound-up" energy, our breathing patterns, our heart rate variability, our digestive processes, and our physical balance and equilibrium. An awareness of our physical self adds to our understanding of our needs and what might keep us from getting them met. Somatic psychotherapy provides a way to heighten our awareness of what is not simply thought-based or emotion-based but can lead to a release of troublesome "muscle memories" in a gentle and measured way.
Dr. Kraus is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Pleasant Hill, California. He 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), and the co-author of A View from the Cosmic Mirror: Reflections of the Self in Everyday Life.
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, and a Somatic Experiencing Trauma Practitioner. He is also on the editorial board of Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal.