A naturalistic approach to trauma renegotiation.
Somatic Experiencing® (SE) was developed by Dr. Peter Levine, a distinguished expert with doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. After years of extensive research and practice, Dr. Levine discovered that traumatic experiences disrupt the natural rhythm of the nervous system. He concluded that healing from trauma requires restoring this natural rhythm by engaging with the body.
SE offers a gentle approach to releasing trauma long held in the nervous system. A skilled practitioner can assist clients in becoming aware of their body, including its sensations, emotions, and thoughts. Through this awareness, clients learn ways to regulate their nervous system. As they are supported to do this within the relative safety of the therapeutic relationship, the life energy previously trapped within the body as freeze responses can be accessed, acknowledged, felt, and harnessed. This process allows for a broader and deeper range of expression, both verbally and physically. Consequently, newfound life choices become accessible, resilience and embodiment develop to meet challenges within a wider range of resilience, and individuals experience greater wholeness as a result.