Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a highly effective body-focused treatment used for transforming trauma and PTSD symptoms, pioneered by renowned American psychologist Dr Peter Levine. It can also effectively treat stress or any stress-related condition as it deals with the root of the problem: un-discharged survival energies from life-threatening, overwhelming or stressful experiences in the past.
How does it work and what happens in an SE session?
SE works very gently and slowly with the aim of building a sense of safety – both with the practitioner and the high-activation states that can arise when contacting the traumatic memories. We don’t approach anything that we feel the nervous system is not ready to tolerate, as this can adversely affect the person and even re-traumatise. Time and patience are the key, and a willingness to use and develop the resources available during the session and in the person’s daily life. Once there is more resilience we can approach the more difficult material with confidence and transform the energy that has been bound up – often for decades – in the person’s system. Ultimately we can restore a sense of wellbeing and ease of being in the body and in the world, enabling the person to move on and live a full life.
Sessions usually involve sitting together and some talking, with the focus on the person’s bodily sensations and emotions that arise. Usually sessions don’t involve touch but it can sometimes be a really useful support in the healing process. It is usually necessary to have a few sessions, but amazing shifts can also happen fairly quickly, depending on the readiness of the person and severity of the condition.
What is SE good for?
Whether or not a person have been diagnosed with symptoms of PTSD, this treatment can work with just about any issues, as we focus our attention on what is happening in the body and any blocks there may be.
It is good for any stress or stress related conditions and empowers
the person to take charge of their own healing process with support from the therapist. It also looks to educate the person about there internal workings from direct experience of there own body, giving them tools to better manage and transform stress and stressful situations in their life. Some typical conditions are: Stress, psycho somatic and stress related disorders, sleep issues, physical pain from a traumatic event, phobias and anxiety, addictions and OCD.
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