My Journey to Somatic
My parents did their best but lacked the tools to help me integrate scary or confusing experiences which in my childhood were many. I was a highly sensitive child and my home was very stressful. Fortunately, I found sanctuary at school with many kind and supportive teachers – an essential ingredient for success in spite of my upbringing.
The support from teachers helped me to become very high-functioning. I became a life coach, successfully coaching many people for years. When I had my son in my late 30’s, it triggered something in me and life became more difficult.
As I’d done my entire life, I sought ways to feel better so I could be the best parent for my child. I did traditional talk therapy, read spiritual and self-help books, and participated in seminars. Even with many trainings under my belt, I found something was missing. Then, I had a highly stressful experience that linked directly to something I remembered from childhood. A light bulb went on and I wondered if I had some early, unresolved trauma. Research led me to Somatic Experiencing (SE).
My first session with a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) left me feeling like a whole new wonderful world had opened up. I walked out of that 50-minute session thinking, “I feel better than I have in years!”
Soon after, I knew that the SE training was a path I was meant to take. After three years and nearly 300 hours of training & consult hours I became an SEP. I’m so excited to share Somatic Experiencing with you!
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Professional Certifications & Associations
Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner: Somatic Experiencing Training Institute
USABP: United States Association of Body Psychotherapy
APPAH: Association of Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health
Certified Life Coach: The Life Coach School
I’m Katie McClain, a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Life Coach & healer with 25+ years of experience. I specialize in Somatic Experiencing® (SE) and Touch Therapy.
Somatic Experiencing is a gentle mind-body process that releases stress energy that’s stuck in the body.
The body switches into defense mode anytime it perceives that its safety is threatened. When we feel stressed or threatened, our body responds by flipping the nervous system into “fight, flight, or freeze”. This happens fast and without our awareness. Prolonged stress or the lack of feeling of safe can result in stuckness, exhaustion, lack of motivation, anger, etc. Long periods of stress or the lack of fully recovering from a trauma may cause illness or at the very least diminish your life force. The nervous system can become dysregulated, making it hard to ever calm down or get ourselves moving toward the things we want to accomplish in life.
During a Somatic Experiencing Coaching session, I work with you in person or over a video call to help your nervous system settle so you can rest and recover. This helps you begin to feel better so we can work to regulate your nervous system, build capacity, and return your life to a fuller sense of goodness and ease.
We begin with various tools to help you physically inhabit your body. As you build your skills with staying in the present moment and being in your body, we then slowly dip into the places in your body holding stress energy, painful emotions, or trauma. I gently guide you in releasing that energy. The SE process is designed so that you feel safe during the process. An important aspect of SE is that it’s not necessary to delve into the story of past experiences unless you want to. Stress and trauma can be released without reliving a painful experience.
Ultimately, Somatic Experiencing helps you gently integrate various experiences so you have more space, capacity, and energy in your life. As your guide, I create a safe container that helps you feel better so you can do better.
Adults, Educators, and Children
Managing Anxiety & Overwhelm
Mindfulness & Positive Thinking Skills
Kindness & Compassion
Clients who Feel Better & Do Better
Books, Classes, and More…
In addition to Somatic Experiencing (SE), I’ve created a series of books, classes, and helpful materials supporting adults and kids using fun formats. Click for Free Resources >.
The Thought Monster Series consists of books, coloring books, and an iOS app that offers a unique mindfulness and positive thinking curriculum for adults and children alike! Explore here >
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