Ph.D. Depth Psychology, Somatics

Rosario is a leading therapist and educator in the intersecting fields of depth psychology, expressive arts, and somatic psychology. With twenty years of experience, her work explores the relationship between body, emotion and imagination. 


Dr. Sammartino offers Somatic Expressive Arts individual and group therapy with an approach that engages movement, arts, dream work, and other creative therapeutic modalities, facilitating healing and transformation. Her resource-oriented therapeutic work holds a special focus on stress management, loss and grief, life transitions, and personal growth. 


Rosario leads numerous lectures & workshops nationally and internationally. She has taken her work to healing and educational centers, bringing innovative models for health and creativity to diverse populations.


“Rosario is a pivotal teaching colleague. Her understanding of expressive arts therapy and the Tamalpa Life Art Process is extraordinary. Her skillful grasp of theory and method is infused with intuitive intelligence and empathy. Her research in approaching trauma from a somatic and artistic stand is ground breaking.
She is one of the most significant teacher/therapists of the Tamalpa work".

Daria Halprin | Tamalpa Institute | Founding Director

"Rosario is a master teacher, grounded in culture and artistically expansive with fearless commitment to justice".

Vivian Chavez | San Francisco State University | Professor

“Rosario is a truly skilled facilitator, teacher, and therapist. She has a remarkable ability to hold complexity; her facilitation is a model of clarity, depth, and artistry, and her groundedness, embodied presence, and commitment to her clients and to her professional field is made that much more powerful with her warm heart and ease of connection. Anybody would be lucky for the chance to work with Rosario".

Natan Daskal | Somatic Movement Educator


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