Do you feel stuck on “on”? Do you feel like you are constantly on alert for danger, and are exhausted by that ongoing vigilance?
Does it take you a long time to calm down from emotional experiences, whether that’s being startled, becoming angry, or feeling sad or wounded?
Are you hypersensitive to sudden sounds, movements, or other environmental inputs?
Do you wish that you had more energy and felt more centered and present?
Have you had experiences of trauma that you feel you’re still carrying around and processing?
Do you want to feel more resilient, so that when you hit those inevitable bumps in the road, rather than feeling completely derailed or defeated, your system is able to metabolize experiences more effectively, and you’re able to bounce back more quickly?
Somatic Experiencing may be able to help!
What is Somatic Experiencing?
Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a powerful yet gentle body-based approach for working with the nervous system to restore natural healing and balance. SE is a therapeutic modality that is particularly effective in treating trauma and re-regulating the nervous system. It can be our primary way of working together in sessions, or can be woven into IMT sessions or with other modalities.
I use SE to work with folks to resolve trauma symptoms and relieve chronic stress from specific incidents such as accidents and assaults, as well as the secondary traumas that can come from working in helping professions, as an activist or organizer, or simply living as a human being in this complex world. SE can also be used to address the ongoing traumas of racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, and other experiences of marginalization and oppression.
SE sessions can look many different ways; I work with you to figure out which approach resonates with you best, and we can be flexible session by session depending on what’s coming up for you in that moment. SE sessions can take place in chairs, with us spending most of our time talking, noticing, and tracking body sensations, or involve some movement, or take place on a Thai yoga mat (a special futon on the floor designed for energy work) or massage table. We might spend time talking about things that are coming up for you, tracking sensations in the body, orienting to the external environment, moving through and completing incomplete survival responses, or at times in silence as your nervous system does its work. We can incorporate touch as part of our SE sessions, and we can also do very effective SE without utilizing any touch at all. However we choose to work with SE, we are working on regulating your nervous system and increasing your whole system's resilience, so that you are able to move through the world with more ease and effectiveness.