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What is SE Therapy?

A naturalistic, and neurobiological, body-oriented approach to healing trauma and other stress-related disorders; restoring the authentic self with self-regulation, relaxation, wholeness, and aliveness.

The Somatic Experiencing® method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Peter A. Levine, PhD, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, psychology, and indigenous healing practices, together with over 50 years of successful clinical application. The SE™ approach releases traumatic shock and restores connection, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma. - Ergos Institute of Somatic Experiencing

How does Somatic Experiencing work, and who is it for?

Human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of diverse traumas. The SE™ approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motoric responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body and nervous system, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions, building their capacity for containment and resilience. - Ergos Institute of Somatic Experiencing

SE utilizes autonomic nervous system function, vertical integration, and the connection between the client and themselves to assist in trauma healing. When a therapist utilizes Somatic Experiencing, the client will be asked to track body sensations and impulses for movement in the body. SE therapists sometimes utilize touch, weights, movement, and visual techniques to help integrate trauma into the rest of the brain. SE is one of the most gentle and safe trauma healing modalities around today. 



In this video, you will learn about the physiological basis of trauma and how Somatic Experiencing® (SE™), developed by Peter A. Levine, PhD, helps distressed individuals recover a sense of well being, stability and vitality.

In this 5-minute video, founder of Somatic Experiencing®, Dr. Peter Levine discusses how he came to create his powerful approach to trauma.

Tori Olds, a therapist at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy in Austin, TX, talks about somatic experiencing and how it is used to work with trauma and as a grounding practice to find balance.

Somatic Experiencing Public Webinar on Stress Regulation with Peter Levine.

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