What is Somatic Experiencing?

Somatic Experiencing is a form of therapy aimed at relieving and resolving the symptoms of PTSD and other mental and physical trauma-related problems by focusing on the client's perceived body sensations (or somatic experiences). It was introduced in Dr. Peter Levine's 1997 book Waking the Tiger. In it, he discusses at length his observations of animals in the wild, and how they deal with and recover from life-threatening situations.

Somatic experiencing is based on the understanding that symptoms of trauma are the result of a dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and that ANS has an inherent capacity to self-regulate that is undermined by trauma. Somatic Experiencing bases its approach on the science that mammals automatically regulate survival responses from the primitive, non-verbal brain, mediated by the autonomic nervous system. In the wild, animals spontaneously "discharge" this excess energy once safe. Involuntary movement such as shaking, trembling, and deep spontaneous breaths reset the ANS and restore equilibrium. Humans disrupt this discharge through our enculturation, rational thinking, shame, judgements, and fear of our bodily sensations. 

In sessions, a client tracks his or her own felt-sense experience. Clients have a guided exploration  of the physical dysregulation that is harbored in the body as a result of trauma. 

For more information about Somatic Experiencing go to: www.traumahealing.org

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I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.

-----Carl Jung

Asking for help can be difficult under the best of circumstances, but when you are in crisis, it may seem impossible.  However, taking the step toward emotional healing can be life changing. Suffering from anxiety, depression, panic attacks, relationship issues, life transitions and trauma does not have to be a lifelong sentence. 

The focus of trauma recovery is to help you create safety, develop internal and external resources, transform your relationship to past trauma, and create the conditions for optimal personal well-being. As your therapist, I will use my professional skills to the best of my ability to address your concerns and help manage possible risks. 

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and have training in Image Transformation/Feeling State Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Somatic (Body) Experiencing that provide relief from overwhelming emotional dysregulation.