Douglas Smith, LCPC, SEP, Counselor in Portland
What is body psychotherapy? One way to define it is to emphasize the word "body" over "psycho-" because in its pure form body psychotherapy is not about emotional and psychological problems per-se, but about how the body as a whole relates to these. Instead of starting with the mind, trying to figure things out by what they mean and how to relate to them, there is a more gentle, diffuse process in body-oriented work. In fact, the mind, previously the subject of therapy, becomes your tool for opening access to the whole body.
And, the body, when you have access to it, will slow down its physiological activity, allowing excess mental energy to be drawn down to the calmer, more regulated state of the body. Body awareness (the use of your natural capacity to sense the body) is the basic tool.
How is body awareness used?: 1, to deepen and fine-tune conscious awareness and presence in the body and body systems. 2, to bring this awareness and presence to situations that normally trigger negative reactions. Somatic therapy sessions help develop these skills and identify particular strategies to meet individual situations.
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  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: Antioch New England Graduate School
  • Year Graduated: 1992
  • License No. and State: CC974 Maine


  • Avg Cost (per session): $120
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Private pay only
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: Somatic Experiencing Training Institute/SEP
  • Certificate Date: 2006
  • Membership: USABP/Member
  • Member Since: 2014

Douglas Smith's Groups

Training groups for psychotherapists

Offered through the Mind Meets Body Training Institute - visit - I provide day-long workshops in Body Awareness for Psychotherapists and advanced topics such as Affect Regulation, Body Layers, and work with complex trauma.

More about this group


  • Anxiety
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)


  • Professional Training for clinicians
  • Stress

Client Focus


  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Veterans

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Somatic
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Touch therapy
  • Training workshops for psychotherapists
  • Trauma Focused


  • Individuals
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017
Douglas Smith, LCPC, SEP, Counselor in Portland

Douglas Smith

Counselor, LCPC, SEP