Somatic Experiencing

In the past few years, it has been common for most of us to navigate life from a place of overwhelm, exhaustion, anxiety and unpredictability. This can take its toll on us in so many ways. Some of us are operating with too much energy in our bodies (like the gas pedal is stuck on), some with not enough energy (as if the emergency brake has been pulled), and some of us feel both (like we have the gas and brake on at the same time). Somatic Experiencing can support the nervous system to find a more regulated state of being after enduring overwhelm or trauma. 

Traditional talk therapy uses a "top down" approach, only assessing the story of what happened through the prefrontal cortex part of the brain. 

 

SE utilizes a "bottom up" approach, considering the story while ALSO focusing on the nervous system (where we actually experience and feel overwhelm or trauma). This is done through tracking body sensations, emotions, self-protective urges, imagery and through touch support. 

When we listen to the stories that our bodies have been waiting to tell, we can heal in a much deeper and more embodied way. 

Learn More at www.traumahealing.org

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Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness. 

Peter Levine