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What is Somatic Experiencing®?

Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE™ approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.

SE™ Approach to Healing

SE™ 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, first response, education, and others.


PTSD and Trauma Symptoms may include:

(Visit National Institue of Health PTSD Facts web site here)

  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Reoccuring memories
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Racing negative thoughts
  • Hypervigilence to the environment
  • Feeling of persistent threats/danger
  • Anxiety and chronic stress
  • Overwhelmed
  • Hopelessness and depression
  • Withdrawl from people more and more
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Loss of ablility to feel bodily sensations
  • Difficulty with imtimate relationships
  • Panic attacks


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