We experience life through the container of our physical bodies. We get butterflies in our stomach when exited or nervous, have gut feelings and instincts, feel love in our hearts, and we breathe deeply when inspired. We also feel emotional pain somatically: the stab of heartache or betrayal, the collapse of our posture in grief or shame, and the pain in our hearts with grief and loss.
Somatic therapists, working with the body as well as cognition, use sensation, movement, breath, thought and awareness to access the information available in the client’s experience as a breathing, feeling, sensing, and thinking being. The body acts as the vessel for our experience, but also can be a great resource in helping to move through life challenges. Because the body is naturally self-regulating (healing itself), its potential can be accessed not only for healing physical wounds, but also to address psychological and emotional pain.
Somatic psychology taps into this potential, and aspires to treat the whole person.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body mindfulness-based trauma resolution technique developed by Peter Levine, author of Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, and several other books on overcoming trauma. SE helps people work through traumatic experiences by using our bodily experience to facilitate integration and renegotiation of overwhelming life events. The work applies to both physical trauma, such as falls, accidents, injuries, but also to the realm of emotional/interpersonal and other psychological trauma.
Both SE-trained bodyworkers and psychotherapists are using the technique in their practices, with over 6,000 practitioners and students worldwide. For more information on SE, please visit the website: www.traumahealing.com.
I have completed the 3-year training in Somatic Experiencing and other requirements, is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and assists SE professional trainings. SE is a foundation for all his work. For students in the SE training, he is an approved session provider for all levels of the SE training, and a consult provider for beginning and intermediate-year students.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Conditions I work with
Marital and premarital
Sleep or insomnia
Traumatic brain injury
Harm reduction and Integration
Impulse Control Disorders