Somatic Experiencing (SE) addresses the impacts from overwhelming stress of all kinds. We use the word 'trauma', but to many, that's confusing, because we're using it differently than how it gets used in psychotherapy. In watching this video, you might try substituting the words 'overwhelming stress', disconnection', 'thwarted threat response', or 'disregulation'.
What we're talking about, is the body's natural physiological response to stress, or what happens in the body, when 'fight-flight' survival energy gets moblized but can't be used. New neurobiologic studies are allowing us to better understand the physiological dynamics that underpin 'trauma' symptoms. What's more, is that we're learning that everyone carries a stress load that fits somewhere on a 'Spectrum of Trauma' (Robert Scaer, 'The Trauma Spectrum') from mild to severe. None of us escape it. Though not all of us choose to do the work to heal it.
Opening to a joyful, passionate life happens more naturally, when our external lives mirror our inner beliefs, values and desires. This is what I call integrity. I help clients by creating safe space and offering skilled guidance for the process of re-membering who they are at their core.
Central to my work, is the belief that we each hold wisdom for our lives, that we each have a purpose that no one else can fulfill and that it can be profoundly painful to be disconnected from these inner resources.
My work is particularly helpful for those who are ready to let go of old ways of thinking and being, in order to reach for what most strongly calls them forward. Sometimes this is about the healing of painful places. Other times its more simply about reflecting and supporting what's already unfolding.
1 Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Boulder, CO
2 Shalom Mountain Retreat and Study Center, Livingston Manor, NY