Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a therapeutic approach developed by Dr. Peter A. Levine, aimed at addressing and resolving trauma and stress-related disorders. It recognizes the interconnectedness of the mind and body and focuses on the body’s physiological responses to trauma and stress as a means of healing.

At its core, Somatic Experiencing emphasizes the body’s innate ability to heal itself when given the appropriate support and guidance. The approach is rooted in the understanding that traumatic experiences can become “stuck” in the body, leading to a range of physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms.

Through Somatic Experiencing therapy, individuals learn to re-establish a sense of safety within their bodies and gradually release and process the held tension and energy associated with traumatic events. This process involves gentle awareness of bodily sensations, regulated breathing, and exploring physical movements that facilitate the discharge of trapped energy.

Somatic Experiencing practitioners help clients navigate their bodily sensations, feelings, and emotions without retraumatizing them, promoting a gradual and controlled release of tension. This approach aims to restore a sense of balance and resilience by allowing the nervous system to complete its natural cycle of activation and deactivation.

Overall, Somatic Experiencing offers a holistic and body-centered approach to trauma resolution, fostering a deeper connection between an individual’s physical sensations, emotional experiences, and psychological well-being.