Do you feel anxious or depressed for seemingly no apparent reason?
- When you feel like you do not know how to respond to a certain situation, do you shut down?
- Is it difficult for you to find the energy to motivate yourself?
- Do you often feel impulsive?
- Perhaps it is difficult for you to slow your mind down and calmly interact with the world around you.
- When you react to a situation in an agitated manner, do you end up regretting how you responded?
- Do you wish you could release your pent up energy in a healthy way and move forward in a fulfilling life?
You may feel frustrated by the fact that no matter how much you study yourself or how many times you try to change, you cannot seem to maintain a different thought process, emotional pattern or behavioral change. You may experience a loss of control and act out on your impulses, ultimately making you feel bad about yourself, disappointed and ashamed. Emotionally, you may be left in a hopeless place, desperately wanting your life to be different but not knowing how to change.
The good news is that there is hope. You can change and heal especially when you incorporate the mind/body connection into your life. Somatic Experiencing® is an approach that supports the process and integration of the mind, body and emotions. Only through listening on these many levels can you begin to know yourself more, to experience your life instead of just thinking about it, and to feel a sense of peace and wisdom throughout the healing process.
Understanding Somatic Experiencing®
Somatic Experiencing® (SE®) is a body-awareness approach to therapy used to alleviate and reduce the effects of stress, tension, depression, anxiety and trauma that affect individuals on a daily basis.
Understanding the natural response to threatening or overwhelming situations, the techniques of SE® create the therapeutic conditions necessary for individuals to discharge energy “stuck” in the nervous system from past incomplete survival responses to real or perceived threat.
In completing the discharge of this activation, the awareness of new responses becomes integrated and available to us in the present. After a while, individuals can develop a natural capacity for emotional self-regulation, which gives us the ability to bring our system back into balance emotionally, mentally and physically.
SE® is the result of more than 45 years of observation, research and hands-on development by Dr. Peter Levine, author of several books including “Waking the Tiger.” Based upon the realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of stress and trauma, Dr. Levine developed SE® by observing that animals in the wild are routinely threatened but rarely traumatized. They have innate mechanisms to regulate and discharge the high levels of energy arousal associated with defensive survival behaviors. These mechanisms provide animals with a built-in “immunity” to trauma that enables them to return to normal in the aftermath of life-threatening experiences.
Somatic Experiencing® Practitioners are credentialed by the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute after completing a comprehensive three-year training program, presenting their clinical work utilizing SE® to senior consultants.
How Can Somatic Experiencing® Help Individuals With A Variety Of Ailments?
Somatic Experiencing® works with the awareness of body sensations to help people "renegotiate" and heal rather than recycle stress or reenact trauma. Working on a sensory level allows the highly aroused survival energies to be safely experienced and gradually discharged.
At times, a gentle touch may be used to renegotiate the process if this feels comfortable for the client. Discharging the energy of high activation through the felt sense allows the body to metabolize energy by breaking it down to incremental steps so clients do not feel overwhelmed.
SE® has been used effectively with those who suffer from anxiety, depression and overt trauma (including combat veterans, rape survivors, Holocaust survivors, automobile accident survivors, those who recently underwent surgery and chronic pain sufferers).
SE® has touched the lives of many thousands by restoring self-regulation and returning a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness in a wide range of clients. Taught throughout the world, SE® can even be integrated into the process of psychotherapy.
Move Past Trauma, Anxiety And Depression With Somatic Experiencing®
During a somatic session, you and I will work together to identify how you respond in certain situations and how your body reacts during the fight, flight and/or freeze mode. As we track what’s happening in your body through sensation, your body will inform us about how it wants to release this energy naturally and comfortably.
Instead of working with the “thinking” part of the brain known as the neocortex, we will focus on the hindbrain where all sensory information is processed and felt. When this happens, information can arrive to you through insight and realizations. You will have the chance to gain deep knowledge about your body, which informs how you think, instead of your thought patterns informing you of how you feel. As Einstein says, “you can’t think of solving the problem with the same process you used to create it.”
I have 25 years of experience and extensive training as a psychotherapist and bodyworker. My unique gift to intuitively work on the sensory level helps me better identify my clients’ needs and potential solutions to their pain. I have supported many struggling individuals and have witnessed how powerful the mind/body connection is in the healing process.
Learn More About How Somatic Experiencing® Can Help You
If you are interested in how Somatic Experiencing® can help you, please call or email me with a time when you’re available to talk. I offer a free 15 to 20-minute consultation, during which we can talk about any questions and concerns you may have. I really look forward to speaking with you. Please click here to send an email or call me at 561-676-3393.