Somatic Integration Specialist
Somatic Integration Specialist and Psychiatric Group Facilitator with a research background in Behavioral Neuroscience. Zuzzie Kapas supports patients in treatment with complex psychiatric disorders at In-Patient, Residential, PHP and IOP. Zuzzie provides somatically focused experiential group and individual sessions with an element of reflective inquiry, that engages interoceptive awareness and facilitates bilateral integration.
Zuzzie graduated with a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from UCSB (2007) and received an award for research promise in Psychology. She worked as a research scientist for 4 years in the field of Addiction, Substance Abuse and Neuroplasticity. She continued with an MBA in Organizational and Human Development (2012) and was recruited for a year-long assignment in a corporate setting in Dallas, TX. She supported a major corporate merger and acquisition as a team building and business development coordinator.
In addition, Zuzzie developed and implemented a company wellness program focused on mental health, community service and sustainability. Zuzzie was active in her community and she facilitated mindfulness support groups at the local shelter for women survivors of domestic abuse. She also offered community yoga for women healing from sexual assault, reproductive surgeries and eating disorders.
In 2013, Zuzzie redirected all of her focus towards her calling in mental health, specifically on her professional development as a trauma-informed practitioner. Zuzzie studied Integrative Yoga Therapy with an emphasis on somatic healing at the Dallas Yoga Center (2013). With her training in Body-Mind Centering, she offered classes and workshops at local studios as a Yoga Therapist and Somatic Movement Educator.
Over the last decade, Zuzzie extensively trained to facilitate Somatic Awareness, Mindfulness and Contemplative Movement. She has traveled and lived for extended periods in Europe and Southeast Asia to engage in advanced somatic training and participate in collaborations, as well as conferences, specifically: Joged Amerta, Body-Mind Centering, Authentic Movement and Contact Improvisation.
Over the years, in her work with patients, Zuzzie found the body to be key in re-establishing agency. In a psychiatric setting, she facilitates evidence-based, body-oriented tools for self-regulation, grounding and resourcing. She draws from respected somatic modalities, including Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing and Dr. Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, as well as the work of Dr. Allan Schore on Affective Neuroscience and Trauma Theory.
In addition to working as a psychiatric group facilitator, Zuzzie is a certified trauma-informed LV3 Aguahara aquatic practitioner and underwater contact improvisation facilitator (2015). Over the years, she continuously taught public movement workshops on land and underwater. Zuzzie continues to feel passionate about facilitating healing on a somatic level in both group and individual sessions. In 2020, Zuzzie completed a postgraduate certificate in Somatic Psychotherapy from Antioch University and looking ahead, she aspires to earn a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus in the Psychoanalytic approach.
Zuzzie, as a Somatic Integration Specialist, is most interested in supporting clients living with dissociative and other acute mental health conditions as a result of trauma, or otherwise. Zuzzie facilitates a possibility for each individual to be equipped with reliable somatic awareness skills that support living a grounded, connected and well-integrated life.