Somatic Therapeutic Coaching in Western Massachusetts
in person, and by phone or screen
Mark Vecchio, MFA, PCC, SEP
The mission of Conscious Somatic Coaching is to help people with ADHD and its related symptoms bring their heart, mind, and body into more spacious, energetic alignment—literally to get their self together and live with more freedom.
Struggling with self-defeating patterns over time can lead to feeling trapped and hopeless. Repeated experiences of “not living up to potential” might feel like evidence that you will inevitably betray yourself, despite your best intentions and obvious gifts. It becomes easy to conclude that “something’s wrong” with you intrinsically, or that you are somehow “not enough” to cope with a life that is becoming too complicated or going too fast, or both.
You are not trapped. In fact, your own system possesses an innate capacity to free itself. Somatic coaching helps you do just that.
Somatic Coaching uses the techniques of Somatic Experiencing ®, a proven, short-term, naturalistic approach to restoring the body’s inherent capacity to self-regulate. Its methods are based on a substantial and growing body of scientific research.
Dysregulation manifests as a disorganization of (1) thoughts, (2) feelings, and (3) physical actions. Each of these three goes its own way. Thoughts become distracted, dark, hyperfocused, daydreamy, critical, judgmental. Feelings become agitated, overwhelming, disconnected, tinged with shame. Actions go rogue: avoidant, lethargic (unmotivated), impulsive, procrastinating, time‑wasting.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) engages your mind, your heart, and your body in conscious conversation with each other. SE employs awareness of physical sensation (the language of the body) to help you renegotiate patterns that have become “stuck.” Fundamentally, SE brings body (Somatic = body) and mind (Experiencing = awareness of activity) into harmony.
SE’s emphasis on awareness makes it a mindfulness practice. You become able to harness and guide your attention without having to force it. You develop the internal space to experience your feelings as a gentle stream instead of as an overwhelming flood.
SE’s integration of bodily sensations, thoughts, emotions and actions makes its positive effects profound and lasting. It is naturally organizing at the deepest levels of your system. You reconnect with your motivation. You create and sustain your own successful experiences. When life strategies arise, they arise organically—and powerfully—from within you.
By design SE is gradual, non-invasive, restorative. It is grounding, expanding, embodying, integrative. SE is not something you have done to you; rather, we work together as equal partners, with full understanding of what we are doing and how it works every step of the way.
More information about Somatic Experiencing®.
To find out about my work with college and graduate students and for more information on ADHD coaching, visit The Conscious Learner.