Trauma and Somatic Experiencing®


Trauma and SE - For Therapists

According to Dr. Peter A. Levine, a pioneering researcher and practitioner of trauma healing, "Trauma is about loss of connection—to ourselves, to our bodies, to our families, to others, and to the world around us." Trauma is not equal to the event, which can be as seemingly trivial as a minor traffic accident, or as clearly life-altering as experiencing a catastrophic natural disaster. Trauma resides in our nervous system and must be addressed at that level in order to be renegotiated. Our symptoms, such as depression, anger, and anxiety, are messages from our bodies, asking us to pay attention. Trauma is an everyday fact of life and yet provides an amazing opportunity for transformation.

Dr. Levine developed a naturalistic approach to healing trauma known as Somatic Experiencing® (SE), which originated from his observation that wild animals, although routinely threatened, are rarely traumatized. Through his studies, Dr. Levine found that human beings possess the same innate capacity to heal as do animals. In our natural, untraumatized state, our nervous systems flow through rhythmic cycles of expansion and contraction. Somatic Experiencing® can help restore these natural, healthful patterns, which can become disrupted through incomplete processing of traumatic activation. The successful reintegration of traumatic experiences allows us to function at an even higher level of awareness and engagement with the world and people around us.

You can learn more about Somatic Experiencing® at Dr. Levine's website and from the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute, which is the umbrella organization for worldwide SE training and outreach.

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SE can be provided as an adjunct to other modalities of therapeutic practice, similarly to EMDR. If you are a helping professional interested in referring a client for SE sessions, click here.

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