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Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing (SE) can be used very effectively when working with single-event traumas (car accidents, falls, assaults, medical procedures, etc) and developmental or complex traumas (more prolonged issues often stemming from chronic stress or recurring traumas during childhood, while in utero or later in life). I also use SE to address the developmental traumas that result from inheriting systems of white body supremacy, racism, patriarchy, imperialism and colonialism.

Somatic Experiencing sessions, in-person or via Zoom, often begin with us seated. We may then progress to working while standing, walking or making other movements as dictated by the spontaneous body-story that unfolds. Progressing through body-stories, we have the opportunity to work with and renegotiate stressful or traumatic events. Working with body-memory allows us to work with events that may not be available or may not feel safe to access through brain-memory (or, meaning-making-memory). This is especially helpful in working with events that happened prior to the age of 3 years old and in working with traumatic events that happen later in life where memories may be incomplete or inaccessible.

I have completed Peter Levine’s Eye of the Needle Training which focuses on working with near death experiences, anesthesia states and medical traumas. And, I have completed Peter Levine’s Depression, Aggression and Life Force Master Class. I have also received additional training in Relational Development Rupture and Repair: A Somatic Developmental Perspective and Concussions and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I have training in Trauma Center Trauma Senstive Yoga (TCTSY) and strive to incorporate the fundamental ideas of TCTSY into all aspects of my practice. In addition to individual SE sessions, I also offer opportunities for group learning and group experiencing on topics relating to Nervous System Regulation, Polyvagal Theory, Patriarchy and Somatic Antiracism for White Bodies.