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 which is particularly effective in treating trauma and is my primary therapeutic orientation.
I specialize in working with folks to resolve trauma symptoms and relieve chronic stress from events such as accidents and assaults, as well as secondary traumas which can come from working in helping professions or as activists. SE can also be used to address the ongoing traumas of racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and homophobia.
SE sessions can look many different ways. I work with you to figure out which approach resonates with you best. SE sessions can look like a traditional talk therapy session - we might spend most of our time talking about things that are coming up for you in your life. We may also spend some time tracking sensations in the body and orienting to the external environment. This may feel more like a guided meditation, without a lot of specific memories coming up. However we choose to work with SE, we are working on regulating your nervous system and increasing your whole system's resilience.
SE is often used in a traditional therapy setting, but can be done anywhere you feel comfortable. It is particularly well-suited for being outside in a natural setting as part of an Ecotherapy framework. Please see my Ecotherapy page for more info.
For more info on SE please check out traumahealing.com