Somatic

Experiencing

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Somatic Experiencing

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Why you may need a Session:

Most people have experienced some form of Trauma in their lives.

Not everyone ends up Traumatized. The difference is that some peoples' nervous system

gets interrupted during a critical regulating process leaving them with an overwhelmed system and feeling "unsafe". This creates an illusion that there is constant danger. Until, the fight, flight and freeze protective response gets to safely "play out", the nervous system will keep responding as if there is immediate danger , This state of overwhelm is comparable to a revving car. Eventually the motor will breakdown/burnout if it's not taken care of. 

 

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Signs and Symptoms:

Have you had any falls, accidents, injuries, surgeries, birth trauma, abuse, sudden unexpected "Shock" to the system events? Sometimes you have been pushing through so much, you may not realize that "little" fall is much bigger when you add it to a pile of other events in your life. The following is a list of some signs and symptoms:

  • Isolation, avoidance, social withdrawal

  • a need to talk through silence/rapid speech during certain social settings

  • Face flushing 

  • pain/chronic pain

  • bumping into things(blind spot)

  • multiple injuries to one side of body only

  • Sleep and eating disturbances

  • Low energy

  • Depression and fear

  • Anxiety and panic

  • Numbness, irritability, anger

  • Feeling out of control

  • Avoidance

  • Distraction

  • Decrease in concentration

  • Memory lapse

  • Difficulty with decisions

  • Trouble with everyday tasks, focus

  • Sensitivity or overwhelm to added stimulation

  • Light Senseitivity
  • Headaches
  • Substance abuse

  • Eating disorders

  • Impulsive, self-destructive behavior

  • Sexual disruption

  • Feeling threatened, hostile, argumentative

  • Extremely Judgemental (everyone is unsafe)

  • Pushing Friends and Family away.

  • Trouble being in a crowd of people

  • Flashbacks

  • Nightmares

  • Intrusive thoughts

  • Constant over Analytical thoughts

  • Feeling "triggered" frequently

  • Fear while driving/turning in a certain direction

  • Irrational Fears

  • You've tried insane amounts of healing/therapy/alternative solutions and receive some benefit or short term relief for some things, but then it seems as though you are right back where you've started with others

* Note: Some symptoms may not apply to you, and others will.

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*Note: Sometimes people may feel triggered after reading the above. Its a good idea to take care of yourself and ask others for their support if needed.
Somatic Experiencing

 

 Each session, we will be working together to release Trauma by resetting your nervous system. The Somatic Experiencing® method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders.

SE takes the approach that the traumatic event isn’t what caused the trauma, it is the overwhelmed response to the perceived life threat that is causing an unbalanced nervous system.

 
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Links to Video's and more Info

 

Somatic Experiencing was created by Dr. Peter A. Levine.  He was inspired to study stress on the animal nervous system when he realized that most animals are constantly under threat of death, yet show no symptoms of trauma.

What he has discovered was that trauma has to do with the third survival response to perceived life threat, which is freeze. When fight and flight are not options during an attack or threat, animals and humans freeze and immobilize, like “playing dead.” This makes them less of a target. Have you ever been so afraid that you couldn't move and felt yourself holding your breath? This is just one example of the freeze response. Once freeze has been initiated, it is time-sensitive and needs to run its course. Normally the energy gets discharged once there is a knowing and body sense of safety, and the body would begin to shake and tremble. Humans, tend to somehow disrupt this natural process and end up with a dysregulated nervous system. 

Somatic Experiencing® works to release this stored energy, and turn off this threat alarm.