Dr. Michael Hofrath
As a holistic integrative somatic practitioner my intention is to assist clients in healing deep seeded soul wounds, to feel safe in their body again, and to develop healthier belief systems such as, I am good enough. I am worthy. I deserve love and to be loved. I deserve to be happy and joyful. Re-connection with soma (the body) is the path to healing and wholeness. Psyche and soul hold our truth, and the truth shall set you free. This is the path to meaning and purpose in life, wholeness and actualization of one’s authentic Self. When we are disconnected from our feeling states, we are disconnected from our intuition, instincts, and our authentic Self.
How can we possibly know who we are, or what we want? I help clients feel safe in their body again, and to embody the feeling states of self-acceptance, self-forgiveness and self-love. Each of us has an inner healing intelligence. Body and mind are intimately intertwined and know how to heal deep psychic wounds given the right situation, circumstances and environment.
Connection with the “language and wisdom of the body” is the gateway that bridges the gap between the (ego-based) conscious and the (soul-based) unconscious. An embodied connection makes space for our inner healer to resolve internal conflicts and opens the door to healing transmutation, self-actualization, and ultimately the freedom to live an authentic life.
Adverse behavioral issues, limiting belief patterns, projections, miscommunications, relational challenges and fear based thinking all hold us back from living a fully expressed life. The primary task of the ego (conscious self) is to protect our identity through a myriad of defense mechanisms. The ego will go to great lengths to accomplish this task, including lying to us through rationalization, justification, projection, denial, repression and disassociation. The body (unconscious self) holds our truth and will NEVER LIE to you!
A somatic ‘bottom-up’ approach bridges the gap between the conscious “ego” and the unconscious “psyche” and facilitates re-connection with one’s authentic “soul” self through the “wisdom of the body.” Depth approaches and somatic “body-based” practices offer a more holistic, solution-based approach for trauma wounding and psychic imbalance held deep in the Polyvagal nervous system, while shamanic practices address ancestral, prenatal and psycho-spiritual wounding.
Education & Background
Michael earned a doctorate in Depth Psychology, Somatic Science from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria CA. He is certified in EMDR, NeuroAffective Touch, is a Shamanic practitioner who is multi-certified in Psychedelic-assisted Facilitation and as an Integration Specialist. Michael holds a B. S. in Business Administration, Marketing Management and Speech Communications from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Dr. Hofrath’s healing philosophy is grounded in Jungian-based depth practices, somatic science, neurobiology and neurophysiology, while being heavily influenced through shamanic practices. Michael’s approach is highly eclectic, humanistic, transpersonal and existential.
Dr. Hofrath is the author of “Body Express Makeover” (Simon and Schuster, 2005).
Body Mind Wholeness Inc.
What People are Saying
“Wow! I have never been so moved before in my life. Michael saved my marriage, my relationship with my kids, my active-duty career….but most importantly, MY LIFE!!!!
I am forever in debt to you and just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“He ended my suffering and helped me to reclaim my life and find my life purpose. He is a true soul healer who understands the importance of doing the deeper soul work to heal and become whole again.”
“I had been going to counseling for over 3 years and you did more for me in the 5+ days than all those 3 years combined. I was headed down a path of destruction but thanks to you and all the others, I’m headed in the right direction now.”
Begin Your Journey
Access 3 Chapters of Dr. Hofrath’s Ebook
“The Healing Power of Somatic Body Psychology”
Heal the Body, Heal the Soul
What is it that makes human beings so susceptible to the devastating effects of trauma?
In this pioneering ebook you’ll learn how to process, integrate and dissipate adverse traumatic memories and heal your soul for balance and alignment in body mind and spirit.
Somatic science evolved from observing how animals overcome traumatic events. Animals have the uncanny ability to dissipate adverse over-reactivity, emotional flooding, fear based behavior, rumination, shame and guilt from their consciousness. Despite frequently facing life threatening situations, animals can quickly return to their normal way of being without holding on to traumatic memories.