Somatic Practices and Herbal Support for Mental Health

with Kelly McCarthy

Course Summary

In this two hour advanced therapeutics workshop, we’ll talk about supporting clients living with anxiety, depression, and PTSD / CPTSD through somatic tools and nervous system regulating protocols. We’ll talk about how cortisol dysregulation impacts energy, mood, sleep, and hunger, how that shows up in clients, and how aromatic nervines, bitters, and adaptogens can invite the body back into rhythms that engender a grounded vitality. We’ll touch on dosage and formulation considerations, as well as helping clients create a long term, realistic plan. This class is aimed at folks working with clients or hoping to in the near future. 

This is a recorded class. Once you register, you can access the course content from your student dashboard. You'll be able to view the video replay and download slides and handouts for one year from registration date.

About the Instructor

Kelly McCarthy is a clinical and community herbalist, teaching classes and seeing clients on Lenni-Lenape land, Philadelphia. She graduated from VCIH in 2014, has been studying Somatic Experiencing trauma healing since 2019. She currently spends a lot of time gardening, supporting the Philly Herb Hub, and working to create the anticapitalist world she wants to live in. You can read more about Kelly’s work at

Course Pricing

General / Non-member

$50 USD


VCIH Member / Current Student

$40 USD


Reduced Rate

$25 USD

  • BIPOC or Low Income