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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).

When holding broader systemic and cultural perspectives and moving beyond healing models that center individualism, I find that SE principles can also be effective when addressing the embodiment of intergenerational and historical traumas, war/refugee traumas and perpetrator disorders such as racism, patriarchy, colonialism.

I have a special interest in working with medical and surgical traumas and pre- and peri-natal traumas. 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 (Dave Berger and Abi Blakeslee) and Concussions and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Dave Berger).

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; and Embodied Perpetrator Disorders such as Patriarchy, Misogyny, White Supremacy and Colonization.