Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a form of body (somatic) psychotherapy that was developed by Dr. Peter Levine. SE works with the body’s physiology to resolve trauma and restore resilience and balance to the nervous system. This can result in an alleviation of symptoms related to trauma such as depression, anxiety, chronic illness, sleep disturbance, etc.
Somatic Experiencing employs the awareness of body sensation to help people “renegotiate,” discharge, and heal their traumas rather than relive them repeatedly, or restrict their lives in order to not have the traumatic material re-triggered. With appropriate guidance into the body’s own innate capacity to heal trauma, the highly aroused survival energies (fight, flight, freeze) can be safely and gradually discharged.
In addition, I work with SE as a way to be present with “what is,” which facilitates awakening of consciousness while releasing trauma and stress. This is the subject of my chapter in The Sacred Mirrortitled “Healing Trauma in the Eternal Now.” (See ARTICLES page)