What is it?
Somatic Experiencing is a therapeutic approach developed by Peter A. Levine that focuses on resolving the impact of traumatic experiences on the body and nervous system. It recognizes that trauma can get stuck in the body and lead to various physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms. By incorporating awareness of bodily sensations, emotions, and behaviours, Somatic Experiencing aims to help individuals renegotiate and release the stored trauma, leading to increased resilience and well-being.
Somatic Experiencing can help individuals who have experienced trauma by addressing the physiological and psychological effects that traumatic experiences can have on the body and nervous system. Here are some ways in which Somatic Experiencing can be beneficial:
Resolving trauma-related symptoms: Somatic Experiencing aims to release the somatic (body) and nervous system disregulation that often result from trauma. This can help alleviate symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, flashbacks, hypervigilance, and other trauma-related disturbances.
Restoring a sense of safety and regulation: Trauma can disrupt the body's natural ability to regulate arousal levels and emotional responses. Somatic Experiencing helps individuals re-establish a felt sense of safety and stability by addressing the body's physiological responses associated with trauma. Reconnecting with bodily sensations and emotions: Trauma can lead to dissociation or disconnection from one's physical sensations and emotions. Somatic Experiencing helps individuals reconnect with and safely explore their bodily sensations, emotions, and felt experiences, leading to increased self-awareness and integration.
Promoting resilience and well-being: By releasing the frozen energy and tension associated with trauma, Somatic Experiencing helps individuals restore their innate resilience and adaptive capacities. This can lead to improved emotional regulation, overall well-being, and a greater ability to handle stress in everyday life.
Supporting long-term healing: Somatic Experiencing is typically seen as a gentle and gradual process that respects each person's unique pace and readiness to engage with trauma. It focuses on establishing a foundation for sustained and lasting healing by addressing not only the symptoms but also the underlying impacts of trauma.
How does it work?
A session lasts 1 hour and costs £50. It can be done in person or online. A 20-30 min free consultation is available online.