Trauma healing
Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-oriented method for the healing of trauma.  By trauma we mean any event or ongoing situation in your life that -- at the time -- was too unexpected, too fast or simply too much to be able to handle. The nervous system becomes overwhelmed. The body loses its resilience and our natural ability to react in a healthy way becomes blocked.


The origins of Somatic Experiencing
SE was developed by Dr. Peter Levine.  He studied animals in the wild that are regularly threatened with death but rarely become traumatized.  He discovered that they instinctively know how to regulate and discharge the intense energy that is released during survival responses.

We humans have the same regulatory mechanism but this gets frequently suppressed or blocked by the rational part of our brain. Telling ourselves to "get over it" or to "grin and bear it" often prevents a complete discharge of the highly-charged energy. This can result in post-traumatic stress symptoms such as:
  • Fear, anxiety, panic, heart palpitations, shallow breathing
  • Being continuously "on alert", overly sensitive, restless, insomnia
  • Depression, exhaustion, feeling of being helpless or powerless
  • Dissociation, not feeling at home in your body
  • Lack of emotions, denial
Videos with Dr. Peter A. Levine, PhD
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How does it work?
SE works by bringing attention to body sensations to help discharge tension. SE helps the client to discover their own resources that can support the process and restore feelings of trust and relaxation.

By taking small steps, in and out of the tension, the client begins to develop the feeling of being in control of their own life.  The blocked survival energy can be safely discharged without re-traumatizing.


Reliving the trauma not necessary!
In Somatic Experiencing, the traumatic event isn't what caused the trauma, it is the overwhelmed response to the percieved life threat that is causing an unbalanced nervous system. The aim is to help you access the body memory of the event, not the story. So we don't discuss what happened if you don't want to. It's not even necessary for the client to know what the specific event was.

Paying attention to the physical sensations support the powerful self-regulating mechanism that we're born with to do this miraculous work.  Trapped stress energy can be safely discharged, helping to restore equilibrium to the nervous system.
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Somatic Experiencing
Somatic Experiencing
Trauma healing
Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-oriented method for the healing of trauma.  By trauma we mean any event or ongoing situation in your life that -- at the time -- was too unexpected, too fast or simply too much to be able to handle. The nervous system becomes overwhelmed. The body loses its resilience and our natural ability to react in a healthy way becomes blocked.
"Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence."  Peter A. Levine, PhD, founder of SE
The origins of Somatic Experiencing
SE was developed by Dr. Peter Levine.  He studied animals in the wild that are regularly threatened with death but rarely become traumatized.  He discovered that they instinctively know how to regulate and discharge the intense energy that is released during survival responses.

We humans have the same regulatory mechanism but this gets frequently suppressed or blocked by the rational part of our brain. Telling ourselves to "get over it" or to "grin and bear it" often prevents a complete discharge of the highly-charged energy. This can result in post-traumatic stress symptoms such as:
  • Fear, anxiety, panic, heart palpitations, shallow breathing
  • Being continuously "on alert", overly sensitive, restless, insomnia
  • Depression, exhaustion, feeling of being helpless or powerless
  • Dissociation, not feeling at home in your body
  • Lack of emotions, denial
I use Somatic Experiencing in my personal sessions in combination with Rebalancing.
Dr. Peter A. Levine, PhD
How does it work?
SE works by bringing attention to body sensations to help discharge tension. SE helps the client to discover their own resources that can support the process and restore feelings of trust and relaxation.

By taking small steps, in and out of the tension, the client begins to develop the feeling of being in control of their own life.  The blocked survival energy can be safely discharged without re-traumatizing.

Reliving the trauma not necessary!
In Somatic Experiencing, the traumatic event isn't what caused the trauma, it is the overwhelmed response to the percieved life threat that is causing an unbalanced nervous system. The aim is to help you access the body memory of the event, not the story. So we don't discuss what happened if you don't want to. It's not even necessary for the client to know what the specific event was.

Paying attention to the physical sensations support the powerful self-regulating mechanism that we're born with to do this miraculous work.  Trapped stress energy can be safely discharged, helping to restore equilibrium to the nervous system.

I use Somatic Experiencing in my personal sessions in combination with Rebalancing.

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