Brian D. Mahan, SEP, specializes in the physiology of stress and in renegotiating shock and developmental trauma.
Somatic Experiencing offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. It provides effective skills appropriate to a variety of healing professions including mental health, medicine, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, education, and others.
The results from Somatic Experiencing therapy include relief from shame, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, hyper-vigilance, depression, habits and addictions, patterns and vicious cycles, self-sabotage, syndromes and dissociative behaviors. It brings on a sense of vibrancy and reawakens feelings of centeredness, boundaries, empowerment, being “in the moment”, safety, and joyfulness.
Shame, developmental trauma and shock traumas are oftentimes the underlying causes of anxiety, panic, depression, unsatisfying relationships, trusting others, vicious cycles and/or re-enactments and the ongoing aftermath of PTSD. Addressing the unresolved trauma of early wounding experiences will start you on the journey towards healing and returning to a fuller sense of self.
Working with Brian has been utterly life changing. In a few months, I experienced a profound transformation from being anxious and depressed to feeling free, unburdened from the heavy weight of my thoughts and, most importantly, excited about life! The best part about getting well are the new opportunities that have suddenly opened up, and that broken relationships have mended, without any effort from me. The work was intense but it's been an incredible journey that I’ll never forget.
Brian and somatic experiencing are a powerful combination. Working with Brian has shifted a lot of things in my life for the better. It's not easy or lazy work, but well worth it... especially if you've tried other types of therapy and haven't found real change I highly recommend Somatic Experiencing work for resolving past trauma. He's both a caring, talented, and compassionated therapist and friend in the journey.
Brian and the SE method have transformed my life. I've gone from being house-bound and suffering from Fibromyalgia to a productive and happy person. I highly recommend Brian. He will help you and take you light years beyond what normal psychotherapy ever could.
A phenomenal hour. My initial consultation with Brian was a lot more than I expected. I came into the session feeling anxious and listless and left with a clear head and energized. Plus, Brian gave me a one-minute exercise that I use several times a day to get me out of my head and feeling present. I can't believe the effect just one session has had on me and, of course, am looking forward to many more. Feeling very fortunate to have found Brian.
First session and it was very encouraging. About thirty minutes after the session I felt a release of pressure and some positive memories appeared that were previously blocked. Comforting to know that the procedure can be gentle.I had the reassuring feeling that Brian was kind and trustworthy which allowed me to share the experiences that I would otherwise have kept bottled up.
The best hour of my week. My work with Brian is always a joy. We seem to accomplish wonderful things in short order. Magically, fixing one issue generalizes across contexts and fixes other things we did not work on!!! I can't say enough positive things about Brian and Somatic Experiencing.