Research has confirmed the critical role the body and its autonomic nervous system play in re-negotiating past trauma still held in the body. Those unresolved experiences show up as pain, emotions of anger, fear, confusion, and general body tension. Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a naturalistic form of healing that can help individuals learn how to settle and release physiological symptoms from their body.  Very often this process helps people to reduce stress and return to a sense of regulation and mastery in their lives.  SE supports people in learning how to attend to uncomfortable sensations in their body and gently release them through conscious attention.  SE is particularly useful in managing stress and trauma because so many of the symptoms are physiological.  You can read more about SE by visiting www.traumahealing.com or reading In an Unspoken Voice by Dr. Peter Levine. Peter Levine created Somatic Experiencing®, SE, to support re-negotiation of past and present stress in the body. Each body's innate  intelligence can guide renegotiation of autonomic nervous system stress no matter when or how it originated.  These principles are foundational in my work.

SE can help people with various experiences of trauma such as:

– natural disasters, (earthquakes, hurricanes, fire, etc.)
– severe childhood emotional, physical or sexual abuse
– violence or witnessing violence
– rape or assault
– catastrophic injuries or illness
– loss of a loved one
– automobile accidents (even minor ones)
– invasive medical or dental procedures (especially for children)
– falls (especially for children and elderly people)
– abandonment, especially for babies and young children
– war