I am nationally certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) through The Foundation For Human Enrichment, d.b.a. Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute.
The Somatic Experiencing approach addresses the root causes of trauma symptoms bound in the body by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.
SE helps clients feel grounded and empowered while working through difficult patterns or events.
SE’s focus is on how they body and brain are innately wired to work together to gain self-regulation. Rather than focusing on thought patterns or psychopathology, we look for pathways to nervous system resiliency and wellness. When the body’s fight-flight-freeze patterns change, changes in negative thoughts and behaviors follow. Clients generally report feeling a greater sense of aliveness, connection, spontaneity and joy.
SE can be used as a stand-alone therapy, or in collaboration with your regular therapist – if you love your therapist but want additional focus on resolving a traumatic event, collaboration can work wonderfully. It is often utilized in the same type of instances as when a therapist would refer a client to EMDR.
SE is based on the work of Dr. Peter Levine, who observed that wild animals, although routinely threatened, are rarely traumatized. Animals in the wild have innate mechanisms to regulate and discharge the high levels of energy associated with defensive and protective survival behaviors, allowing them to return to normal in the aftermath of life-threatening experiences. Humans are born with the same regulatory mechanism as other mammals, but these instincts are often overridden by prolonged exposure to threat, cultural conditioning, and the “rational” portion of the brain overriding the regulatory patterns, causing many people to be stuck in “survival mode.” Through SE, clients access their own biologically given regulatory systems that allow the highly charged and stuck patterns a gentle and safe way out, creating a dramatic reduction or disappearance of trauma or stress symptoms.
Nature’s Lessons in Healing Trauma (30 min)
Somatic Experiencing: How Trauma Can be Overcome Psychology Today
Somatic Experiencing: Using Interoception and Propioception as Core Elements of Trauma Therapy, Frontiers in Psychology
8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery, Babette Rothschild
The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel Van Der Kolk