Somatic experiencing therapy
The idea that “time heals all wounds” is a comforting concept, but it doesn’t always apply to trauma. As we’ve come to learn, trauma is really complex, and sometimes it can lead to physical and mental health challenges. In fact, the chronic pain and stress you feel could actually be based in past traumatic experiences. That’s the concept behind Somatic Experiencing (SE), a therapeutic option meant to increase confidence, resilience, and even hope in those who experience it. SE takes a holistic view of each person and aims to heal the past to create a healthier future. Makes a lot of sense when you put it that way, right? In the words of Brene Brown (queen of empowering us to be vulnerable), “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” It’s not easy, but for some people, it can bring healing in ways they never expected. That’s our kind of glow up! SE was developed by Dr. Peter A. Levine, who combined biology, neuroscience, psychology, and indigenous healing practices into an approach designed to set you free from emotional and unconscious wounds. During a session, the therapist might gently bring up something that was traumatic for you in the past. You may experience physical sensations, such as tightening, heaviness, or dizziness, in response. The therapist may then help you safely process the memory so it doesn’t have such a powerful hold over your body and mind. When SE therapy sessions are over, many patients say they feel less physically and mentally stressed. You might be a good candidate for SE if past traumatic experiences intrude on your life today. Let’s say you jump at loud sounds, shut down when you’re faced with conflict, or feel a surge of adrenaline in stressful situations…but you don’t really know why you react that way. If that’s the case, this therapeutic modality might help. You might find that it calms your nervous system, brings you to a more balanced perspective, and even boosts your resilience.
Recent posts about Somatic experiencing therapy
Just had my first session with my somatic healing therapist and all I can say is “wow, I wish I had done this sooner.” We are going to work on my over-active nervous system and identify how it impacts my autoimmune illness as a whole. Has anyone else tried somatic experiencing therapy? 🙌🏻
has anyone tried somatic healing? I’ve done inner child healing but think somatic work could be beneficial
I am struggling to manage my impulsive habits without my ADHD medication. I needed a break from it but I am just so hyperfocused on improving my interpersonal connections that I keep being overly vulnerable with those close to me. I think it is okay but everyone’s reactions tell me otherwise. Also have PTSD and lots of somatic symptoms.
Videos about Somatic experiencing therapy
PsychAlive: Dr. Peter Levine on the Somatic Experiencing Approach and the Concept of Titration
Somatic Experience and Trauma Institute: Nature's Lessons in Healing Trauma, An Introduction to Somatic Experiencing® (SE™)
Somatic Experience and Trauma Institute
Books about Somatic experiencing therapy
Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body
Researchers have shown that survivors of accidents, disaster, and childhood trauma often endure lifelong symptoms ranging from anxiety and depression to unexplained physical pain, fatigue, illness, and harmful "acting out" behaviors. Today, professionals and clients in both the bodywork and the psychotherapeutic fields nationwide are turning to Peter A. Levine's breakthrough Somatic Experiencing® methods to actively overcome these challenges.In Healing Trauma, Dr. Levine gives you the personal how-to guide for using the theory he first introduced in his highly acclaimed work Waking the Tiger. Join him to discover: how to develop body awareness to "renegotiate" and heal traumas by "revisiting" them rather than reliving them; emergency "first-aid" measures for times of distress; and nature's lessons for uncovering the physiological roots of your emotions.
Podcasts about Somatic experiencing therapy
The Body Awake: Somatic Experiencing, Early Trauma and Vagus Nerve with Irene Lyon
Somatic Experiencing is, in some ways, just like it sounds: a direct experiencing of the body and its sensations. Where the magic of this work comes in is experiencing layers of sensation and reaction that have been long covered up — perhaps early life trauma. What can follow from "digesting" this childhood trauma can be monumental in one's now-adult life.
Therapy Chat: Mindfulness & Somatic Work In Healing Trauma
Welcome to episode 127 of the Therapy Chat Podcast with host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C. Today Laura speaks to Lynn Fraser about mindfulness & somatic work in healing trauma. Lynn Fraser is a senior meditation and yoga teacher in the Himalayan Yoga Meditation tradition; and a Senior Facilitator of the Living Inquiries and Natural Rest.
Healing Justice: 12 Practice - Somatic Centering with Sumitra Rajkumar
This week's practice is a Somatic Centering practice that can be done anywhere, alone or in a group… and is one of the most fundamental building block tools of somatics, helping you to presence yourself fully in your life and in your work. You’ll need a place you can focus, and no supplies other than yourself for this practice. It can be done alone or in a group.
The Addicted Mind Podcast: The Body Remembers - Somatic Experiencing with Suzie Wolfer
On this episode of The Addicted Mind podcast, our guest is Suzie Wolfer, LCSW, SEP a therapist specializing in Somatic Experiencing®, a powerful system of healing trauma and addiction at it’s core and for completing trauma so that it’s let go of you. Sign Up For our 6 Day Mindfulness Email Series theaddictedmind.com/mindfulness Somatic means “of the body,” which includes the sensations we feel when we experience different emotions and thoughts. Trauma and stress are stored in the body, causing behaviors, patterns or responses arising from implicit memory system or the unconscious.
- Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.
- Front Neurosci. Effect of Somatic Experiencing Resiliency-Based Trauma Treatment Training on Quality of Life and Psychological Health as Potential Markers of Resilience in Treating Professionals. Front Neurosci. Effect of Somatic Experiencing Resiliency-Based Trauma Treatment Training on Quality of Life and Psychological Health as Potential Markers of Resilience in Treating Professionals.
- Eur J Psychotraumatol. A randomized controlled trial of brief Somatic Experiencing for chronic low back pain and comorbid post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Eur J Psychotraumatol. A randomized controlled trial of brief Somatic Experiencing for chronic low back pain and comorbid post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.