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Somatic Experiencing

A body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders.

Process Trauma and Stress

Stress and trauma are much more than states of mind. The effect of PTSD, anxiety, depression, chronic pain or other diseases can often be felt in the nervous system and physical body.

Somatic Experiencing® (SE) takes a body-oriented approach to healing from trauma and other stress disorders.

Developed by Dr. Peter A. Levine after more than 45 years of successful clinical application, SE brings a truly multi-disciplinary approach to care, combining learnings from stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices and medical biophysics.

SE helps patients to release traumatic shock, which can be key to healing from a number of disorders, including depression and anxiety, anger issues, emotional instability, flashback and childhood traumas.

The Approach

  • Addressing Fight or Flight

    People may be ‘stuck’ in a fight, flight or freeze response as a result of past traumas. In time this can take its toll physically on the adrenal system and other emotional responses. SE provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological and physiological states. It also provides a toolkit that can be used by a range of health practitioners, including addictions and mental health professionals, physicians, physio- and occupational therapists, first responders, educators and others.

  • Traumas and Stress

    Trauma may be the result of a single incident or experience, or it may be the by-product of prolonged stress over time. Examples include accidents, medical procedures, sexual or physical assault, emotional abuse, neglect, natural disasters, birth trauma or ongoing fear and conflict. Regardless of the cause, stress and trauma can seriously impair one’s ability to function day to day with resilience and ease. SE can help address the source of these traumas and resolve the physical and emotional impact they carry.

  • Releasing Energy

    The SE approach helps clients understand their body’s responses and the defense mechanisms they use as a result of their traumatic experience. By gently guiding clients to develop tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions, SE can help address the root causes of trauma.

"Everyone experiences stress. In the course of life we are constantly exposed to stressors, but over time the build-up of these experiences can lead to a variety of unpleasant physical and emotional responses. The SE approach helps relieve this chronic tension and can help a person to regain full aliveness and emotional well-being."

Shama Zeynep, Somatic Therapist

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