“Where did you go?” the voice asks.

“I don’t know. I couldn’t run. I couldn’t fight, so I froze.” you respond.

“Oh, that must be an awful and dark place? Would you like to thaw out, come out to play, and restore your goodness?” the voice offers.

“Oh, yes that would be wonderful. Where do we begin?” you say.

How does Somatic Experiencing® work?

Somatic Experiencing® was developed by Dr. Peter Levine following his observation that animals in the wild do not get traumatized, even though they are faced with life threatening situations daily.

Dr. Levine observed the mechanisms by which animals are able to shake off the high levels of nervous system arousal and return to their daily lives.

He then began to ask the question of why humans are so susceptible to the effects of trauma.

Evolved to suffer

What he realized is that as the neocortex evolved, that part of the brain that makes us the most human, giving us the ability to think and ponder deep philosophical questions, our ability to override our instinctual responses also came online.

Now, in most cases this is a really good thing. We don’t have to automatically lash out and kill someone just because they took our food. We can creatively think up better strategies to deal with threats.

But, as with most things in nature, being given a new and enhanced capability usually involves losing some part of an old one in its place. In this case the ability to override the instinctual responses of the nervous system left us with a vulnerability to trauma.

A path to integration

In SE™ sessions, clients are encouraged to tune into physical sensation, which creates the space for our bodies to reconnect with our innate healing response.

This naturalistic process resolves symptoms by gently discharging the high levels of nervous system arousal associated with trauma, and helping our bodies return to a more manageable level of functioning.

As we begin to reset our nervous system, integration organically occurs. The once fragmented physical, emotional, cognitive, interpersonal, and spiritual aspects of who we are can once again work together as a whole. This integrative process is deeply healing and enlivening.

Ready to Heal?

Then what are you waiting for! Pick up the phone and contact me for a free consultation.