TOPIC

Somatic Experiencing



Somatic experiencing is a body-based form of therapy that focuses on releasing the energy related to a trauma from where it is “stuck” in the body. Developed by Peter A. Levine, this therapy is based on the idea that traumatic experiences can leave the nervous system in a state of dysfunction, stemming from fight-or-flight energy that built up during an initial encounter with a threat, but was never released due to getting stuck in the “freeze” response. Instead of beginning with examining cognitive and thought processes as per traditional psychotherapy methods, somatic experiencing begins with focused awareness of physical sensations and signs.

FindCenter Video Image
03:54

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.

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image

The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain

Use your head. That’s what we tell ourselves when facing a tricky problem or a difficult project. But a growing body of research indicates that we’ve got it exactly backwards. What we need to do, says acclaimed science writer Annie Murphy Paul, is think outside the brain.

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image

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.

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image

Bodyfulness: Somatic Practices for Presence, Empowerment, and Waking Up in This Life

In Bodyfulness, renowned somatic counselor Christine Caldwell offers a practical guide for living an embodied contemplative life, embracing whatever body we are in.

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image

A Brief Intro to the World of Somatics

Somatics describes any practice that uses the mind-body connection to help you survey your internal self and listen to signals your body sends about areas of pain, discomfort, or imbalance.

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image

Moving Beyond Trauma: The Roadmap to Healing from Your Past and Living with Ease and Vitality

Have you noticed that no matter how much time you spend in talk therapy, you still feel anxious and triggered? That is because talk therapy can keep you stuck in a pattern of reliving your stories, rather than moving beyond them.

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image

The Science of How Our Minds and Our Bodies Converge in the Healing of Trauma

Nowhere is this relationship more essential yet more endangered than in our healing from trauma, and no one has provided a more illuminating, sympathetic, and constructive approach to such healing than Boston-based Dutch psychiatrist and pioneering PTSD researcher Bessel van der Kolk.

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image
05:51

Dr. Peter Levine on the Somatic Experiencing Approach and PTSD

Dr. Peter Levine describes a case example of the Somatic Experiencing Approach for Combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image
27:34

Nature’s Lessons in Healing Trauma: An Introduction to Somatic Experiencing® (SE™)

In this video, you will learn about the physiological basis of trauma and how Somatic Experiencing, developed by Peter A. Levine, PhD, helps distressed individuals recover a sense of well being, stability and vitality.

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image

Getting in Touch: The Guide to New Body-Centered Therapies

More and more people are turning to new mind-body therapies to address physical and emotional ills.

FindCenter AddIcon

UP NEXT

Mind-Body Connection