In this episode, we are going to share an overview about our model called Somatic Integration and Processing.

What is Somatic Integration and Processing?

  • It is a case conceptualization model; it’s not a modality.
  • SIP also allows us to make meaning of what is going on with the client as well as understand the dynamic between the therapist and the client.
  • We use it in all of our case conceptualizations.
  • Intersubjective Space: The idea when “you” and “I” together make a third. 
  • SIP achieves more than just a biopsychosocial history.
  • Gives us guidance about what information should be noted 
  • Lastly, it helps us look at whatever situation that is presented by the client and allow us to see the bigger picture

How to know what’s relevant?

  • SIP helps you understand what’s relevant and also helps you guide the session to uncover more relevant information.
  • It also tells us where the barriers may be hidden as well.

Why did we create Somatic Integration and Processing (SIP)?

  • When we consulted with other therapist, the number one question was about case conceptualization.
  • Falls under 3 main categories/theories 
    • AIP 
    • Polyvagal Theory 
    • Attachment and Neurodevelopment
  • It’s about looking at these all together, not as separate pieces. 
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Bowlby’s Safe Haven are foundational theories at the bedrock of SIP.

Example using Somatic Integration and Processing (SIP)

  • A client who’s also a therapist couldn’t figure out why she would get so anxious seeing particular clients. 
  • When she was younger, she had very sensitive physiological skin issues. Her body was very sympathetically charged and this was her body’s way of releasing anger. 
  • With this being said, her forbidden affect was anger. 
  • The forbidden affect tells the story of her nervous system. 
  • She was able to identify as the “anger person” the forbidden emotion was fear.

Who can use SIP?

  • Everyone can use Somatic Integration and Processing.
  • It’s a way to understand what it means to be human and the things that matter most to our  human experience. 
  • Helps us refine our work and redirect our energy to what truly matters. 

What to Expect at a SIP training? 

  • Two main comments: 
    • Felt incredibly affirming and encouraging 
    • It also enhances our work to make it more meaningful 
  • Will be provided with all the material so that it can be used after the training. 
  • The structure of the 3 days: 
    • What case conceptualization is
    • Helps us understand the 3 theories sufficiently 
    • Mapping out case conceptualization and spend time discussing real life cases 
  • The integration of EMDR and SIP is seamless. 



  • EMDR Training in OK in August and MO in September 
  • EMDR virtual training May 6-8
  • EMDRIA Conference in Denver at the end of August