Integrating Craniosacral and Psychotherapy: FAQ

What is Craniosacral therapy and how does it work?

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands on modality that uses light touch to address restrictions in the structures of the body that house the nervous system (the head, neck, jaw, spine, sacrum and pelvis). When we enhance the home of the nervous system, it allows all related systems in the body to function more fully and smoothly, and supports the body in it’s natural ability to regulate and heal.

Here is a quick video that provides a thorough explanation with visual aids about what Craniosacral is and how it works.

What are the benefits of craniosacral therapy?

Craniosacral therapy can be beneficial for a multitude of issues. Some of the most common reasons people seek this work include:

Headaches and Migraines
Stress / Overwhelm
Jaw Pain / TMJ issues
Chronic Fatigue
Chronic Pain
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Pelvic pain or trauma and reproductive issues 

How do you integrate Craniosacral therapy with Psychotherapy?

I work collaboratively with my clients, so this will be unique for each individual. Typically, we begin by getting to know each other and assessing whether this work would be beneficial for you. If we decide it would be, we will begin to weave it into our weekly therapy sessions. There is a space in my office where clients can lay or sit and receive this work fully clothed. Comfortable and loose fitting clothing is ideal. Most client’s find it beneficial to receive at least 30 minutes of hands on work at the beginning of session, and move into processing through talk therapy immediately after receiving the work.

So do I talk while I'm on the table?

This work is most beneficial when it is received in a mindful state. This means that I invite you to pay attention to your present experience and notice what is happening without assigning meaning or analysis (we can always do this later). In my experience, allowing the cognitive/analytical mind to take a break during this part of session allows the work to be the most impactful.

Does it cost extra?

During our initial phone consultation, we will set a fee for session. This fee is for the length of session rather than the content, so there is no extra cost for including Craniosacral work. 

How do I know if it is right for me? 

This work may not be a good fit for everyone. If you are interested in Craniosacral as part of your healing process, let's talk more about what you're wanting out of therapy and assess if it would support your unique therapeutic goals. 

What if I'm not comfortable with touch, do all your clients receive Craniosacral as part of their treatment? 

Everyone's relationship with touch is different, so you get to decide. You are welcome to receive this work often, infrequently, once, or never. It is an offering, not a requirement so it's totally up to you. There are many ways to explore the mind-body connection that do not involve touch.

Can I book a Craniosacral appointment if I am not a therapy client?

I have limited spaces available for "Craniosacral-only" clients. If you have been referred to me by your therapist or a friend, please reach out to me directly at to schedule a session.

Is there any reason I shouldn't receive this work?

This work is safe and non-invasive. If a slight increase in intracranial pressure would cause instability in your body, this work would not be for you. Conditions where this may be relevant include: acute aneurism, very recent brain or spinal surgery, cerebral hemorrhage or other preexisting severe bleeding disorders. If you are concerned about receiving this work, please check with your doctor. 

Is there evidence-based research to support the efficacy of this work?

Yes. You can find links to many studies about this work here:

I have another question that is not answered here. What should I do?

Contact me with any and all questions you have about my practice.

Emily Adams