Somatic Psychotherapy Toolbox

125 Worksheets and Exercises to Treat Trauma & Stress

Written by Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, LMFT

Whether you’re new to somatic approaches or a seasoned practitioner, this toolbox will be a game-changer in your work.

From over 25 years of clinical experience, Manuela Mischke- Reeds, MA, LMFT, has created the go-to resource for mental health therapists who want to incorporate somatic techniques into their daily practice. Highly-effective for clients dealing with trauma and stress disorders, somatic psychotherapy is the future of healing the entire person-body and mind.

Section-by-section, this toolbox guides the clinician through:


  • Targeted somatic interventions for trauma, stress and PTSD.
  • Steps to incorporate the body into your current therapeutic approach.
  • Mindfulness techniques and breath work.
  • Starting guidelines, safety concerns and keys to success.
  • Getting to know their own body to better use body work with clients.

Praise For Somatic Psychotherapy Toolbox

A thorough, thoughtful, and immensely practical workbook written to help therapists work with clients’ bodily responses, not just with their actions and emotions. Manuela Mischke-Reeds has a compassionate voice that imbues her very precise somatic interventions and suggestions with warmth and clinical wisdom.

Janina Fisher, PhD

World Renowned Trauma Expert and Author

This is a must-read for every clinician out there. This book reminds us just how much of our experience happens in the body and just how unattended the body can be. It is a wonderfully clear, concise and comprehensive guide to using somatic techniques in therapy that can equally benefit a seasoned or a novice clinician. The author shares her tremendously rich experience by offering very practical and concrete ways of how to guide our clients into their own body, help them become aware of inner processes, and how to make this experience safe and meaningful

Asya Mourraille, MFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Manuela brings tot his intricate and useful guidebook a lifetime o working skillfully on the edges between life journeys and the challenges posed by our being flesh. While there have been so many positive turns towards the significance of our embodiment in recent decades, much remains on the surface, brought to light by each simple principles as noticing our breathing and our feet on the ground. But there is so much more to discover in the depths. More profound and risky journeys require an experienced guide to navigate safely the intricacies of the vast wilds of our bodies to uncover the beauty, wisdom and healing potentials hat lie beyond our ordinary awareness. This book gives us many helpful avenues for exploration into unexpected revelations. 


Donald Hanlon Johnson, PhD

Founder of the Somatics Psychology Graduate Program, California Institute of Integral Studies

There are so many options in this book on how to work with a presenting issue, so it really helps me in finding the most suitable intervention for any particular client. The different options are also well described, so it’s easy to understand when to use what. I also find the way the tools are categorized really helpful. They are easy to find, just like in a great toolshed. The worksheets can be downloaded and printed, which is really useful when I work with clients online, but also for clients who would like to track their experiences at home. This is a great book to have handy, not only for client interventions, but also to look up helpful exercises to ground and nourish my own body and mind. I highly recommend it!

Pernilla Siebenfreund

Certified Hakomi Therapist & Hakomi Teacher