by Laura Piché on June 18, 2012

When a doctor applies a cast and your broken bone heals, is it the doctor or your own body that has done the healing? The answer is one of the keys to the SE® approach.

In this 5-minute video, founder of Somatic Experiencing®, Dr. Peter Levine discusses how he came to create his powerful approach to trauma. As part of his research, he met with military veterans who said they considered trauma an injury rather than a disorder (as in PTSD). The answer to the example of the doctor and the cast? It is our own bodies that are equipped to heal from such an injury.

After more than 40 years of clinical work on trauma, it was findings like these that led Dr. Levine to seek a solution that would “support the innate healing that all human beings exhibit.” Watch the video here:

Origin of Somatic Experiencing® (5:13)

in-an-unspoken-voice-150P.S. The video starts with a mention of Dr. Levine’s latest book, In an Unspoken Voice, which he calls “in many ways a culmination of my life’s work.” It is available here, at the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute bookstore.

Rock on Trauma Healers,


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