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Somatic Experiencing®

Somatic Experiencing® is a therapeutic approach developed to address and heal the effects of trauma and stress on the body. It is built on the foundational belief that the effects of trauma are not solely confined to the mind but are deeply embedded within the body’s physiological responses. The approach endeavours to release and resolve these trapped sensations, enabling individuals to regain a profound sense of safety, connection, and self-empowerment. Through Somatic Experiencing®, individuals can work towards a state of balance and well-being, harnessing the body’s inherent capacity for healing and resilience.


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What is Somatic Experiencing (SE) therapy?

Somatic Experiencing is a therapeutic approach developed by Dr. Peter A. Levine that focuses on the body’s natural ability to overcome trauma and stress through the release of physical tension and the completion of self-protective responses.

SE works by helping individuals renegotiate and discharge the energy trapped in the body due to traumatic experiences. Through gentle awareness and regulation of bodily sensations, the therapy aims to restore the natural flow of energy.

Somatic Experiencing is effective in addressing various issues, including trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, and other conditions related to the nervous system’s response to overwhelming experiences.

No, Somatic Experiencing can be beneficial for individuals who have experienced a range of traumas, from severe to more subtle, as well as for those dealing with chronic stress or ongoing life challenges.

In a session, the therapist helps the client focus on bodily sensations and experiences, guiding them through the process of releasing tension associated with traumatic events. Verbal dialogue and non-intrusive touch may be used to support the process.

Sessions typically last around 50-60 minutes , although the duration can vary depending on the client’s needs and the therapist’s approach.

Yes, Somatic Experiencing can be adapted for children and is often used to address the effects of trauma or stress in a developmentally appropriate way.

Yes, Somatic Experiencing sessions can be conducted remotely or online, offering flexibility for individuals who may not have access to in-person sessions.

The number of sessions varies depending on the individual’s needs and the nature of the issues being addressed. Some individuals may experience positive changes in a few sessions, while others may benefit from longer-term work.

Yes, Somatic Experiencing can be integrated with other therapeutic modalities. It’s important to discuss combining therapies with your practitioners to ensure a coordinated and effective treatment plan.

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