Marcia Lesser is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, movement therapist, somatic psychotherapist, teacher and writer. She has had a private practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for thirty years. A former dancer, Marcia works as a primary somatic psychotherapist as well as an adjunct movement therapist. Psychologists and medical doctors refer patients who are struggling with the effects of physical and emotional trauma, as well as those experiencing chronic pain and disconnection from their feelings and bodies. She combines her rich dance and movement background with the depth of psychodynamic techniques and the latest neurobiological approaches to openness, mindfulness and change. Her approach guides clients to embodied self awareness; a knowing from within that connects us to our physical sensations and emotions.
Marcia also specializes in working with musicians, actors and singers and is the founder of Body As Instrument.(www.bodyasinstrument.com), a model that encourages body/mind consciousness and flow in the performer. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Steinhardt School For the Performing Arts Professions at New York University. She was a guest lecturer at Juilliard for four years and continues to work with Juilliard students.
As a sought out speaker, one of her most popular interactive workshops, presented locally and internationally, is Reaching the Inner Performer. She has published several pieces on body/mind integration, including articles in the prestigious journal, The American String Teacher, and The Soul of the American Artist.