"The roots of trauma lie in our physiology. As a result, it is through our bodies, as well as our minds, that we discover the key to its healing."
-Peter A. Levine
Traumatic events leave us with excess energy that overloads our nervous system. Somatic Experiencing® is a way to discharge these residues of energy and bring us back to a state of dynamic equilibrium where we can face life's endeavors with greater ease.
Somatic Experiencing® is a powerful, yet gentle body awareness methodology to heal physical and emotional trauma, overwhelming emotions, and other stress-related conditions. The SE® method offers a powerful framework to identify where a person is "stuck" in fight, flight, or freeze responses. SE® provides clinical tools to reduce and resolve the symptoms and conditions that arise as a result of trauma or stress and to bring a person back into balance. The SE® approach releases shock, which is key to transforming trauma symptoms, emotional wounds, and early developmental maladaptation.
We will work gently and in small increments. The reason for working in this manner is to avoid overloading your system, while at the same time strengthening it. In this way, we are preparing the field for the opportunity to release and heal trauma. As everyone’s nervous system is different, we will move according to you and the pace at which you feel comfortable.
SE® makes the connection between body and mind, including all of your being and not solely the intellect. During sessions, I will guide you through the tracking of your system by giving importance to bodily sensations, images, thoughts, and feelings. By creating a dialogue between intellect and body, space is created for an organic and natural healing to occur.
Somatic Experiencing® is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application.