About Somatic Experiencing®
Somatic Experiencing® is the foundation of my work with clients. Also called, SE, it is a gentle and naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma or accumulated stress. Developed by Dr. Peter A. Levine, SE is supported by research. SE supports the nervous system by renegotiating and releasing stress and trauma so that the body may return to health and homeostasis.
I utilize other modalities that are somatically based and include mindfulness as well as tools to help rewire the brain and nervous system. We start with simple practices that support your nervous system in order to rest and regulate.
SE is complex and multi-layered. Basic Concepts include:
What’s possible is an increase in your capacity for managing everyday issues. You begin to feel better for longer periods and your life shifts to a fuller sense of goodness and ease.
Somatic Experiencing and Other Tools I Offer
These are some of the tools available during sessions.
A Brief Description of How the Body Responds to Stress
The body shifts into defense mode anytime it perceives that its safety is threatened. Below conscious awareness and beyond cultural and familial judgments and beliefs, the body is determining whether it is safe or not. When we experience stress, our body responds by moving into self-protective states such as ‘fawn, fight, flight, or freeze’. There are myriad ways that our body and brain create defensive strategies. Prolonged or repeated experiences of stress can keep the body’s stress physiology turned on. Even after a traumatic experience is over or a stressor subsides, the body can remain in hyper-vigiliant (fight / flight) or hypo-vigilent (freeze) states – sometimes a combination of both. Long periods of stress or the lack of fully recovering from a trauma can – over time – make the body sick or diminish our life force and reduce our sense of ease in life. This can make us reactive, ineffective, and stuck. It can be difficult to settle, calm down, OR get ourselves moving toward the things we want to accomplish in life.
The methods I use to support clients in moving toward presence and flow are Somatic Experiencing®, Co-Regulating / SE Touch, TIST (Parts Work) and the Safe and Sound Protocol. These methods are somatic, body & brain based interventions for releasing trauma and accumulated stress. They all support the body’s natural drive toward healing.
With SE sessions, clients report…
SEI Approved Personal Session Provider
SE Students: I’m approved by Somatic Experiencing International for personal sessions at Beg, Int, and Adv levels. I’m also approved for Individual Case Consults at Beg level. If you would like to schedule session(s), please contact me. BIPOC and Scholarship students: Sliding scale and Pro Bono available.