What is Somatic Experiencing®?

Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented approach to emotional healing and trauma resolution including issues such as PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental trauma. It utilizes somatic awareness and mindfulness as primary tools. It was developed by Dr. Peter Levine, PhD based upon over 40 years of research and study into stress physiology.

Is Somatic Experiencing® right for me?

Do you regularly experience any of the following?

  • Ongoing health problems – Chronic pain, fatigue, constant low energy, digestive or autoimmune issues, recurring muscular tension.

  • Constant stress and overwhelm – Always pushing through. Obsessive thoughts or worries. Depression &/or anxiety.

  • Relationship challenges – tendency to isolate, difficulty connecting, emotional numbness or turmoil, feelings of anger and reactivity, intense feelings of abandonment or loss. Feeling shut down & tuned out.

  • Confidence or self-image issues – Low self-esteem. Feelings of hopelessness & ‘stuck-ness’. Lack of focus and purpose. Addictive or self-destructive behaviour. Poor impulse control

  • Difficulty sleeping – insomnia, early waking, night terrors, flashbacks, nightmares.

Has at least one of the following happened to you?

  • An accident

  • A serious traumatic event including sexual trauma

  • An emotionally or physically abusive experience.

  • A difficult or dysfunctional childhood.

  • Extended periods of stress.

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, Somatic Experiencing® may be of benefit to you

How does it work?

Somatic Experiencing® draws on the latest cutting edge research in the fields of traumatology, neuroscience and physiology. It is modeled on how animals engage physiological processes to discharge the freeze energies associated with survival in the wild.  As a result of their innate discharge process wild animals are rarely traumatized, even though their lives are often under threat.

Although humans have virtually the same innate self-regulating mechanisms as animals, we often inhibit these processes. Our undischarged energy stays trapped in the body and from our body’s perspective it can still feel under threat even years after a traumatic event. This causes a range of symptoms including chronic pain, anger, PTSD, depression, anxiety, intrusive thoughts etc.

Through conscious awareness of physical sensations, Somatic Experiencing® allows the individual to access restorative physiological patterns and to resolve trauma symptoms. Clients are guided to develop increased tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and repressed emotions and to gradually turn off the threat alarm that causes severe nervous system dysregulation.

Benefits of Somatic Experiencing

  • Transforms negative, overwhelming & abusive experiences (even if they happened many years previously).

  • Improves stubborn health issues including chronic pain & recurring muscular tension. Experience vitality, optimism & better energy levels.

  • Improves your ability to deal with stress. Increases the sense of ease in your life & body. Restores a sense of calm.

  • Improves ability to connect with other people. Restores emotional stability. Tendency to isolate reduces.

  • Increases self-confidence & sense of empowerment. Improves ability to focus and function.

  • Better sleep patterns

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Interested in completing an online course?

Join our online Pathway Healing Program. Complete an introductory course (Understanding Trauma) and three x 8 modules with individualised teacher input over 12 months. All modules focus on healing the Nervous System using Somatic Experiencing® & Mindfulness.

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