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  • Writer's pictureDr. Randi Gray

Somatic Experiences

Updated: Apr 26, 2023

Somatic Experiencing is a potent psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. Which was developed by Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental trauma.

Somatic Experiences offers a framework to assess where a person is "stuck" in the fight, flight, freeze, or collapse responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. It provides effective skills appropriate to a variety of healing professions including, mental health, medicine, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, first response, education, and others.

Dr. Peter Levine's treatment is designed for trauma healing and centers on the idea that people have their own instinctive ability to rebound from overwhelming traumatic experiences. He believes this is possible through teaching people to access this innate ability by allowing the body and mind to connect and work together I love and enjoy being a counselor and assisting others on their journey as they seek to recover and improve their lives, release trauma that is stored in the body as well as heal the mental processes. This additional research and training has given me the opportunity to experience a unique approach to trauma healing.

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Somatic Experiencing relieves trauma sympoms and stress

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