Somatic Experiencing (or SE) is a form of trauma therapy that uses bodily sensations as a tool for healing. At Rosalba Stocco & Associates, we are proud to offer Somatic Experiencing as part of our suite of therapeutic help for victims of trauma.
How does Somatic Experiencing work?
Some describe SE as a form of mindfulness. Even though mindful tracking of physical sensations is part of SE, it is also much more. It is about becoming aware of our thoughts, sensations, images, emotions and the movements our body wants in order to release stuck energy in the body.
Research has demonstrated that trauma is in the body, not in the event. As much as we want to talk about what’s happened, the retelling of the story can lead to further traumatization. Often, when triggered, the body thinks that it is back at the time of the event. The brain stem and the amygdala sense danger and do what they are programmed to do: keep you alive. By the time your prefrontal cortex has stepped in to let you know that there is nothing to fear, you may have moved into a strong, defensive reaction leaving you feeling as if you have to justify your reaction or embarrassed.
Becoming aware of how you become triggered without gives you the freedom to talk about your experiences and achieve true healing. As you move forward, Somatic Experiencing helps rewire the brain and the nervous system so that you can more often find yourself responding rather than reacting. Somatic Experiencing helps you learn how to stay in the present by building capacity in your body to hold on to whatever has happened.
While Somatic Experiencing can be done alone, it does work best with someone to guide you and keep you present.
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