Somatic experiencing (SE) is a body-focused therapeutic approach that emphasizes the connection between brain, body, and mind for the healing of trauma and other stress disorders.It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter Levine. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is the key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma. Somatic experiencing explores the body’s natural responses to threat and emotional distress and seeks to restore physiology to a natural state. In our best attempts to cope with distress we can get stuck in particular pattern of behavior as we strive to get back to a state of balance. Sessions focus on unlocking internal resources to heal from trauma, these are often suppressed, which may leave people feeling the tension from the trauma, which continues to affect you in a negative way. Somatic experiencing provides a way of releasing this energy and tension in a safe way and can help people recover from the trauma stating with their bodily experiences. Somatic experiencing is specifically a trauma-centered approach, as it was developed to help individuals overcome the trauma they face in a safe environment.

Somatic Experiencing offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states.  The SE approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms.  This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increased tolerance for difficult body sensations and suppressed emotions.

Katie is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and SE Assistant.

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