(Here is a general introduction, I will share my style of approaching the work below)
“Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a potent psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. It resets the nervous system, restores inner balance, enhances resilience to stress, and increases people’s vitality, equanimity, and capacity to actively engage in life.” (From SE Trauma Institute)
SE could be described as a specialized form of mindfulness that specializes in building resilience in the autonomic nervous system. Sessions are guided by tracking the body’s experience through sensation, images, touch, emotion, and spontaneous movements. With certain traumatic/difficult memories stored in the body, it can be tempting to experience them in an overwhelming way. With SE, we slow the process down and attune to the body in a way that notices supportive processes that easily go unnoticed.
Here is an introductory video to SE…
Personally, I have found it essential to approach this work very gently. So instead of storming right into the body’s experience (especially if stuck in states of intensity or shut down), getting good foundations established. Particularly, offering stabilization to the system through having the senses receiving time and place, which is a gentle way of shifting into ventral vagally toned states. Also, as so many of us have deep relational trauma, making adjustments that invite the client’s system/person to show up on it’s own terms, instead of as a performance for the practitioner. With these conditions set up/cultivated, it becomes a lot more natural for the body to reorganize trauma patterning in a less intense way that actually can integrate. When people become aware of trauma memories in their systems, there can be the idea that something intense needs to happen to make it repattern or go away. However, these intense states can be addictive or overwhelming, and many of us have found that it’s much more effective to work in a less intense way. In fact, I find it common to have enjoyment and laughter in sessions (of course, it takes some time for systems chronically stuck in intense states).
Note: Sessions don’t necessarily involve touch, but touch can be requested as support.
Sessions are sliding scale $100 for an hour and $150 for 90 min. (Note: I try to leave an extra 20 minutes open for integration time if needed)
To book a session or ask any questions, please contact email@example.com or (845) 742-2613
CANCELLATION POLICY: There is a 24 hour cancellation policy, so that if a session is cancelled with more than 24 hours notice, than no payment is due. If a session is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, than full payment is due unless due to an emergency. (However, for the first time, this may be waved given understandable circumstances)