What is Somatic Experiencing?
“Somatic Experiencing” (SE) is a short-term, naturalistic approach, developed by Dr. Peter Levine, to renegotiate and heal both shock and developmental trauma. SE employs the awareness of body sensation to safely and gradually allow the autonomic nervous system (ANS) to unwind, discharge, reorganize and return to resilient homeostasis.
Stress, anxiety, panic and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are often times misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and mistreated. In the U.S. alone, 42 billion dollars per year is spent on the treatment of PTSD. And, women are twice as likely to suffer then men. However, men are less likely to seek treatment.
The ANS and lower brain’s fight/flight/freeze response, otherwise known as ‘survival instincts’, is how we are physiologically hard-wired for survival. Consequently, stress and trauma occur in the body, not in the event, as they are the body’s reactions to past-unresolved “threatening experiences.” Although there may be psychological implications, trauma is inherently a physiological condition.
The word “trauma,” unfortunately, overshadows the intricacies and insidiousness of the long-term affects of dis-regulated autonomic nervous system, whether said threat were real or perceived. Sometimes these unresolved physiological events can remain dormant in the body for years before becoming triggered again.
The easy way to differentiate stress from trauma is that any event is considered traumatic when the symptoms of arousal (reaction) don’t settle, even after the threat has passed.
The results of this body/mind therapy include relief from stress, anxiety, panic attacks, hyper-vigilance, habits and addictions, patterns and cycles of self-sabotage, and dissociative behaviors. It brings on a sense of reawakening and access to instincts which elicit feelings of groundedness, centeredness, boundaries, empowerment, being “in the moment”, safety and joyfulness.
For more information on “What is Somatic Experiencing?” go to www.TraumaHealing.com
Listen to KTLK’s Lisa Garr of “The Aware Show” interview Brian about Somatic Experiencing:
Lisa Garr invited Brian Mahan back for the second interview. This time they had the luxury of a 20-minute interview to discuss in depth Somatic Experiencing.
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