Somatic Experiencing Trauma Healing

“Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering.”
— Peter A Levine, PhD

The Somatic Experiencing® method is a body-oriented approach to help healing trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Peter A. Levine, PhD, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, psychology, and indigenous healing practices, together with over 50 years of successful clinical application. The SE™ approach releases traumatic shock and restores connection, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma. It 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 Science of Trauma

Trauma may begin as acute stress from a perceived life-threat or as the end product of cumulative stress. Both types of stress can seriously impair a person’s ability to function with resilience and ease, and live in the here-and-now. Trauma may result from a wide variety of stressors such as accidents, invasive medical procedures, sexual or physical assault, emotional abuse, neglect, war, racial discrimination, oppression, natural disasters, loss, birth trauma, or the corrosive stressors of ongoing fear, conflict, and chronic shaming.

“You don’t have to know the facts of your story to be able to reprogram
the symptoms or the outcomes.”
— Peter A Levine, PhD

How it Works

The Somatic Experiencing 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 increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions and working to complete defensive responses previously thwarted from bringing resolution to the nervous system and, therefore, to the individual. Dr. Levine was inspired to study stress on the animal nervous system when he realized that animals are constantly under threat of death yet show no symptoms of trauma stuck in their systems. What he discovered was that trauma has to do with the third survival response to a perceived life threat, which is freeze. When fight and flight are not options, we freeze and immobilize, like “playing dead.” This makes us less of a target. However, this reaction is designed to be time-sensitive, in other words, it needs to run its course, and the massive energy that was prepared for fight or flight gets discharged, through shakes and trembling. If the immobility phase isn’t complete, that charge stays trapped, and, from the body’s perspective, it is still under threat. The Somatic Experiencing method works to release this stored energy and turn off this threat alarm that causes dysregulation and dissociation. SE helps people understand this body response to trauma and work through a “body first” approach to healing. Within their scope of practice, SE Practitioners work with these responses in a way that supports their ongoing work with clients.

 

Specialties

  • Abandonment
  • Adolescents
  • Adults abused as children
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • BIPOC Populations
  • Cancer
  • Couples Counseling
  • Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia
  • Death
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTQIA2A+
  •  Intergeneration Trauma
  • Mass Disaster
  • Medical Procedures
  • Native Populations
  • Neurology
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Prenatal and Perinatal Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Racial Trauma
  • Relationship’s rupture and repair
  • Shame
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Trauma & Abuse
  • Trans & nonbinary support
  • Spirituality Integration
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