I offer one-on-one Somatic Experiencing sessions to support the movement and resolution of trauma. Guiding the mind and body from constriction to expansion, we create capacity for greater calm, focus, love, joy, and physical health.
In order to heal and expand the body/mind/spirit, we must allow movement from the inside out. Healing is the movement of stuck thoughts, emotions, patterns, sensations, energy, neurons, cells, circulation, digestion. When we understand that instead of inhibiting, we must move through, we expand to new dimensions of aliveness.
Somatic Experiencing is a gentle method of healing trauma that combines physiology, psychology, ethology and indigenous healing practices. It uses sensory experience as a guide to resetting the autonomic nervous system, creating the natural ability to deactivate from fight or flight responses (anxiety, anger) and to emerge from freeze responses (numbness). Past traumas, or overwhelming experiences, are revisited, giving the nervous system the opportunity to renegotiate self-protective responses that were left incomplete.
Everyone experiences some amount of trauma. During a traumatic experience, fight, flight and freeze responses are stored in the brain/body, creating tendencies of involuntary anxiety, fear, frustration, anger, numbness and disconnection, which don’t serve a person in their present. (In severe cases, this is known as PTSD.) In sessions we work at a person’s own pace and within their comfort zone to facilitate natural movement and resolution of traumas, both large and small. While traditional therapy focuses on understanding and recognizing impulses in order to control behavior, Somatic Experiencing works with the body-mind to renegotiate and change impulses.
In practice, sessions use minimal speaking with attention to bodily sensations. Developed by trauma resolution pioneer, Dr. Peter Levine, this method is known for its general effectiveness and quick results. Sessions are 50 minutes, 2-4 times per month.
Please contact me with any questions, or for a no-cost consultation. I offer a sliding scale, based on a firm conviction that healing should be a reality for all.