Somatic Experiencing ®
The Somatic Experiencing® method is a gentle, body-oriented approach to the healing and integration of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, psychology, and indigenous healing practices, together with over 50 years of successful clinical application. The SE-approach supports the nervous system in releasing traumatic shock and restoring connection, which is key to transforming post-traumatic stress and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
SE ® offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in survival mode (fight, flight, freeze or fawn response) and provides tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. When something impacted the organism as ‘too much’, the nervous system’s ‘stuckness’ can manifest in the body in various ways. A person may suffer from panic attacks, sleeping problems, blood pressure issues, intense mood swings, hyper-sensitivity – just to name a few.
During an SE-session we focus on the individual’s resources. When coming into connection with the nervous system’s ‘power house’, we allow the organism to slowly start re-regulating and coming back into its natural rhythm. Slowly and gently the nervous system is able to come more deeply into a state of relaxation and ease, allowing for a restored joy of life and well-being.
If you have any questions about SE, please contact me.
Note that sessions can be delivered online as well as in English or German.
“Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.” Dr. Peter A. Levine