Somatic Experiencing

Trauma happens as the result of being overwhelmed by events or accumulated stress over time. How we are supported and connected during and after events that cause physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual harm, speaks to the level of trauma experienced.

A child can be injured and within the loving embrace of a caregiver, cries, shakes, is consoled and rebounds into his/her previous joyful play. Without such connection, a child may store the resulting fear, impulse to flee or defend itself and lives with unresolved traumatic residue. Single events like accidents, or long-term assaults, for example, ongoing domestic abuse, are often resolved only years after the incident(s), when support and connection are finally sought and received. In the interim, our bodies’ nervous systems, unable to release the natural responses of fight/flight/freeze, can harbour varying degrees of illness, fatigue, emotional dysfunction and more.

SE works gently and slowly with the nervous system to begin to allow a client to sense and feel what once was its familiar state in the arms of a primary caregiver. In this way, cycles of stimulation and rest, sympathetic and parasympathetic activation and deactivation, return to normal waves throughout the day. SE helps to untangle previously coupled associations formed during the traumatic incident(s), which have been lodged in the musculature, nerves, sensations and systems of the body.

Sessions are conducted either in chairs, or on a treatment table (fully clothed), where the aspect known as SE Touch is provided. SE Touch offers support to muscles, joints, diaphragms and organs. The pace of the process is directed by the client, and where comfortable, the hands-on approach directly settles the nervous system to promote healing. Online sessions use remote, intentional touch to elicit similar results.

"SE is a body-oriented therapeutic model that helps heal trauma and other stress disorders. Developed by Peter Levine, Ph.D., it is the result of the multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, with more than 45 years of successful clinical application."
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Constellation Work is not a replacement for therapy or medical diagnosis; the process is designed to be informational for people seeking personal and/or community opportunities for exploration and growth.
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