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What is Somatic Experiencing?

Is a somatic (body-based) therapeutic modality that works with your nervous system and bodily responses, so you don’t have to talk about what happened to you. It is an active therapy, using sensory tools, physical exercises, nervous systems practices and visualisations. SE® can assist with healing traumas that other talk-based therapies have not given you the results you need. Expect a different approach to traditional counselling for different results. SE® can address any type of trauma, from natural disasters, assaults, injuries, accidents, medical issues, to relationship-based traumas. Somatic Experiencing is a deeply profound somatic therapeutic practice that changes your whole life, not just you. You will learn about how your own nervous system operates, and we will upgrade your personal protective system so that your nervous system responds to true threats, not just imagined ones. Anxiety, depression and a host of other somatic complaints can be resolved with Somatic Experiencing® including chronic pain, chronic fatigue and other syndromes, insomnia, addictions, mood instability, anger issues, emotional instability and relational issues.

 

You can learn more about SE here: https://traumahealing.org/

Somatic Therapy Approaches...

BENEFITS

  • has all sorts of benefits and can impact your life in a variety of unexpected ways. Here are some benefits that clients have told me:

OUTCOMES FROM SOMATIC THERAPY- some words from clients' experiences
  • responding rather than reacting to everything

  • becoming a more attentive partner and friend that can manage emotions better and less reactive which has meant better communication and easier relationships

  • enjoying my body more and feeling more- less pain but more pleasure and improved sex life!

  • more access to my body, numb areas coming back online, aliveness and more energy

  • understanding how my brain and body work and feeling like we work together now instead of against me

  • being able to access emotions more which has meant being able to enjoy music, art, dance and TV / films more instead of being dissociated and distracted all the time and unable to focus

  • chronic pain reduced and even gone, no longer needing pain killers, steroids or injections

  • no  longer believing there's something wrong with me, but just a nervous system trying to protect me

  • stopping the cycle of self-harm and finding self-care and self love 

  • anxiety management and no longer in a cycle of panic attacks

  • ability to regulate emotions better and manage conflicts

  • more present to life, better focus and concentration

WHEN IS SOMATIC THERAPY RIGHT FOR ME?
  • when you're ready to try a modality that doesn't expect you to talk through your traumas and triggers & expose yourself to re-traumatisation

  • when you want to gain more aliveness and access to your body

  • when you feel stuck in your own healing process and things aren't changing enough for you

  • when you are ready to discover a new way of living, working, feeling and sensing that comes from connection to yourself rather than disconnection

WHEN ISN'T SOMATIC THERAPY RIGHT FOR ME?
  • there might be times when somatic work isn't right for you or you may not reach all of your goals. Some times when somatic work may not be right for you could be:

  • when acutely unwell physically or mentally or emotionally

  • when using psychoactive substances that affect your ability to process the activities and exercises

  • if you're looking for a diagnosis 

  • if you're not ready to gently step into a new way of working that isn't just talk therapy

Areas of trauma we can work together on:

If you are interested in finding freedom from the impact of neglect, emotional neglect, physical, sexual, emotional abuse and developmental trauma, I have been providing trauma therapy and Somatic Experiencing for clients since 2017, and most recently have integrated NeuroAffective Touch into my practice.

I have training in the following specific areas of trauma:

  • pre and perinatal

  • childhood emotional neglect

  • complex and relational (caregivers, partners, relationships)

  • natural disasters

  • attachment ruptures

  • medical, surgical and dental

  • domestic and family violence

  • sexual assault and inescapable attack (human and/or animal)

  • torture, horror and moral injury

  • falls, motor vehicle accidents, injuries and accidents

  • chronic pain and pain management

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