waking the tiger..... Trauma is a fact of life. It does NOT, however, have to be a life sentence ~ Dr. Peter A. Levine
what is somatic experiencing?
SOMATIC EXPERIENCING(SE) is a potent psychobilogical method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. It resets the nervous system, restores inner balance, enhances resilience to stress and increases peoples vitality, equanimity, and capacity to actively engage in life.
WHAT IS SOMATIC EXPERIENCING TRAUMA RESOLUTION? Somatic Experiencing(SE) psychobiological trauma resolution is a potent method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. It is the life's work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to the transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
HOW DOES SE WORK? SE is a biophysiological approach to healing trauma. Peter Levine has said trauma does not rest in the event but in the individual's nervous system. By paying attention to the client's nervous system, the trained practitioner supports the client in their experience of a more 'coherent' and 'resilient' nervous system.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL SESSION LOOK LIKE? The SE trauma resolution method does not require the traumatized person to re-tell or to re-live the traumatic event. Instead, it offers the opportunity to engage, complete, and resolve-in a slow and supported way-the body's instinctual fight, flight and freeze responses. This resets the nervous system, restores inner balance, enhances resilience to stress, and increases people's vitality, equanimity, and capacity to actively engage in life. The SE Practitioner offers an environment of impartial and compassionate support to facilitate the release of trauma throughout your body.
WHAT KINDS OF TRAUMA CAN SE TREAT? SE Practitioners can successfully work with developmental traumas (such as childhood neglect and abuse and ongoing medical and/or physical issues) and with shock traumas (such as motor vehicle accidents, assaults, operations, and falls).
DOES IT REALLY WORK Somatic Experiencing (SE) psychobiological trauma resolution works with all ages of individuals who have experienced shock or developmental trauma.
HOW LONG DOES SE TAKE? The length of time and number of sessions in which a client will visit a practitioner will depend on the several factors, including the severity and duration of the trauma(s) and the degree to which the trauma has affected the individuals nervous system. A conversation with the practitioner in the initial session may be helpful in providing this kind of information.