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Somatic Experiencing (SE™) aims to resolve symptoms of stress, shock, and trauma that accumulate in our bodies.

When we are stuck in patterns of fight, flight, or freeze, SE helps us release, recover, and become more resilient. It is a body-oriented therapeutic model for healing trauma and other stress disorders. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma. It 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. 

SE can help with: 
- post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Grief
- Chronic pain
- insomnia
- developing body awareness
- stress
- Sexual trauma
- Unprocessed toxic emotions
- Anxiety and depression
- Trust and intimacy issues 

How it works?

The SE approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, 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. Dr. Peter Levine, the developer and creator of SE, was inspired to study stress on the animal nervous system when he realized that animals are constantly under threat of death yet show no symptoms of trauma. 

The Somatic Experiencing method works to release this stored energy and turn off this threat alarm that causes severe dysregulation and dissociation. SE helps people understand this body’s response to trauma and work through a “body first” approach to healing.

Esther is a certified SE practitioner from Dr. Peter Lavine’s school and has studied under him directly in some of the disciplines. Esther is on the Somatic Experiencing Approved Provider List

$225 (60 min)

We provide sliding scale sessions through application. Contact us here for the application.

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