Welcome to Sōma|Flourish!

Lawrence D. Benson, PhD, MFA

soma – from Greek, sōma: body

flourish – grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment.

The body is our main tool for experiencing the world. Sōma|Flourish centers the body when proposing questions about life and thinking creatively about problems. My goal is toward creative self-fashioning, i.e. “making your life art,” and flourishing in life.


I, Dr. Lawrence D. Benson, PhD, MFA, am a Philosophical Practioner|Coach|Fitness Trainer specializing in Somaesthetics with emphasis on movement and creativity. I use my training and experience to encourage you to discover your own philosophical insights. I help facilitate the thinking of individuals and groups focusing on significant but problematic concepts by encouraging ways to clarify questions and creative approaches to problem-solving.

I focus on five (5) areas when helping clients address their questions: Centering Circles, Somatic Narrative (Body Story), Willpower, Bad Faith, and Discursive Arsenal (Creativity).

The Process

“So, how do I know if I need to speak with a philosophical practitioner?” “What are the steps?” “What kind of results can I expect?”

If you have a problem that you’ve been trying to solve and need a fresh perspective; if you find you’re in an existential rut; if there is a concept that you just can’t seem to wrap your head around; if you need to discuss your place in this strange, but exciting time in history; if there’s a decision you need to make and are having trouble weighing the pros and cons; if you’re having trouble establishing and|or re-writing your body story; if you need to talk about life; if you’re facing an ethical decision; if you’re searching for ways to creatively express yourself; if you need to understand something about your choices and|or inability to choose; if you need a philosophical perspective versus a clinical|medical perspective of a therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist, then you may want to consult with me.

Go to Contact and Request a Discovery Session. Please provide basic information regarding you, your organization (if applicable), your situation, your question(s), and what you are looking to gain from our work together. I will contact you via email for you to purchase and set up an in-person, Discovery 3-Pack.

The saying goes, “In life there are no guarantees.” The same applies to the work we will do together at Sōma|Flourish. We will center the body to explore your questions about life using talk and movement, personal-narrative exercises, philosophy, literature, and art. Moreover, with commitment, it will hopefully become evident how, together, we are “Moving Your Body and Narrative Forward”.

(c) Lawrence D. Benson 2018. All rights reserved.