Trauma Touch Therapy

About Trauma Touch Therapy

Realizing that the constant retelling of her own traumatic history and the big, cathartic releases in her own therapy weren’t actually helping her, Chris Smith began to look for another approach to trauma therapy. As a longtime massage therapist and educator, she gravitated toward a body-centered approach. The result was Trauma Touch Therapy. Instead of going for the cathartic release, Trauma Touch Therapy develops resilience through an individually crafted blend of therapeutic breathing, movement, touch, art, and play. Since 1993, Trauma Touch has been continually practiced and refined by a wide range of bodyworkers and psychotherapists across the United States and around the world.

Of course none of that really tells you what your session will look like…

I wish I could spell out exactly what your session will look like, but it’s not that kind of therapy. What we do will depend on your needs that particular day. We might just work on being with that feeling of heaviness in your stomach. We might breathe into it and see how that changes your experience. As you build awareness of your own body, we might branch out into movement, conscious contact, art, or play. Here’s what I can tell you for sure:

  • You get to co-create your own therapeutic process. You never have to do anything you don’t want to.
  • You will learn new ways of sensing and speaking about what you feel in your body.
  • That new awareness of your body literally rewires your brain to make it easier to cope with things that used to overwhelm you.
  • You don’t have to tell your story. I’m absolutely willing to listen, but you don’t have to share if you don’t want to. The therapy works either way.
  • This is bodywork, but it’s not a typical massage. You will be fully clothed, and you might not ever get on a massage table. I might not even touch you, depending on the needs of the session.
  • You will be engaged throughout the session. This is not something I can do to you; the therapy depends on your participation.

About Your Practitioner

Hi! My name is Tim Nichols. I’ve served as a minister since 2003, and one of my early assignments involved helping former cult members recover from the abuse and manipulation they’d suffered at the hands of their leaders. The needs of my people drove me to pursue a variety of specialized training in counseling, group dynamics, nonviolent conflict resolution, and healing prayer. 

Once I started down that road, I just kept going. I’m a lifelong student of martial arts and human movement, and that led me (eventually) to aromatherapy, massage therapy, Healing Touch, and finally, Trauma Touch Therapy. 

Trauma Touch Therapy’s body-centered approach to trauma brings together all my previous training in a way I would never have thought possible. I love massage and bodywork, but it’s no exaggeration to say that Trauma Touch may be the reason I became a massage therapist (although I didn’t know it at the time.) I haven’t just seen the benefits of Trauma Touch for my clients; I’ve also experienced them for myself, and I’d love to share them with you.

I look forward to working with you!