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Peter A. Levine



Peter A. Levine is an American clinical psychologist, trauma therapist, and developer of somatic experiencing (SE), a neurobiological, body-based method for addressing trauma and stress disorders. He is the author of several books about healing from trauma, including Waking the Tiger.

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Trauma and Somatic Experiencing

Peter uses his famous "Slinky" presentation to demonstrate the effects of trauma on the nervous system, and his philosophy of treating trauma; which involves slowly releasing (or titrating) this compressed fight-or-flight energy a bit at time to give the individual the ability to reintegrate it...

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Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma

Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity.

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An Interview with Peter Levine

Back in the 60s, I started developing various kinds of mind–body methods with people who had high blood pressure. When I taught them how to relax certain muscles in their neck and jaw, their blood pressure would sometimes drop 20 or 30 points, well into the normal range.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageTrauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.

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How Trauma Gets Stuck in the Body (and How to Work with It), with Peter Levine

In this video, Peter Levine will share how he helped uncover an incomplete traumatic response that was stuck in the body.

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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts argues persuasively against contemporary health, social, and criminal justice policies toward addiction and those impacted by it.

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The Power of Connection to Heal Trauma

Trauma is about broken connections. Connection is broken with the body/self, family, friends, community, nature, and spirit.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageAlthough humans rarely die from trauma, if we do not resolve it, our lives can be severely diminished by its effects. Some people have even described this situation as a ‘living death.’

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Peter Levine Interview: Trauma Proofing Your Kids

Peter discusses how parents can help their children with the stresses of current events.

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In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness

In this culmination of his life’s work, Peter A. Levine draws on his broad experience as a clinician, a student of comparative brain research, a stress scientist and a keen observer of the naturalistic animal world to explain the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain and psyche.

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