• Monika Bassani

Somatisation and How It Shows on The Body

Updated: Feb 11

Somatisation I usually mention this term to my trauma clients, somatisation is an Ego defence - unconscious channeling of pain into the body - it is infact a tendency to experience and communicate distress in response to psychosocial stress. The association of feelings, patterns of behaviour and emotions (on a unconscious level) are linked to physical pain, in such cases is advisable to start journaling, by setting up a system of recording an internal concern, to describe the sensation or feeling, this enable the client to read those emotions / reactions to make a connection, to integrate the feeling of pain to the past trauma.

To somatise is when we feel emotions thorugh bodily symptoms, as opposed to feelings, common in clients whose emotions are different and unregulated the somatic response is highly experienced. Studies report that high proportion of somatic individuals are alexithymic - alexyitymia is a condition where we find find difficult to place words that describe our feelings.

We do process memories in en explicit and implicit mode - episodes and facts these systems of memories embedded in multiple parts of our brain, traumatic events are stored in our explicit memory as well as in the implicit one, making the whole recording like a foot print. Flash backs and triggers are clues of this footprint of implicit memories, our brain is recalling and resurfacing them into the consciousness.

The process of therapy is learning to express our emotions as feelings rather then psychical symptoms, healing comes from the process of getting in touch with the body, being "here and now" to use that tool to enable the client to move to "there and then" distinguishing and making those trauma memories as "over".

A useful mantra I do suggest to my clients is " I refuse to bow to the enormity of Trauma"

SE27 London | Counselling for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Narcissistic Abuse,

Bereavement and more

Mob: 07506 790316 |

#trauma #somatisation #pain #feelings #emotions #counselling #therpay #counsellingSE27 #counsellinginwestnorwood #memories #brain #conscious #unconscious #monikabassanicounselling

15 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All
Desk with glasses and computer | Monika Bassani Counselling, West Norwood SE27, London




Location: West Norwood, SE27 London UK

Counselling in South East London

Tel:  07506 790 316


      What happens with your personal information? Read out privacy policy.

 Counselling in West Norwood London, ,, Counsellor, Counsel, Lambeth

Counsellor in West Norwood London, Counsellor in London

Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sel-harm, abuse, sexual abuse, depressed, anxious, bereavement, loss, grief, sadness, anger, angry, therapist, counselling in lambeth, therapy

© 2017-21 Monika Bassani Counselling

Website Design by doodle my domain

National Counselling Society, Monika Bassani Counselling/Therapy in West Norwood London
Professional Standards Authority, Monika Bassani Counselling/Therapy in West Norwood London
  • LinkedIn - Black Circle
  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon
  • LinkedIn - Black Circle
  • Black Facebook Icon