Somatic Experiencing is a therapeutic approach designed to help people who are dealing with the effects of trauma and stress disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD. The word "somatic" refers to the body, and in this context, it's about focusing on bodily sensations and movements. This method is based on the understanding that trauma can disrupt the body's natural ability to manage stress and can leave individuals stuck in a state of high alert or numbness. The impact of the traumatic experiences gets stored in the body which impacts the nervous system, the mind, and overall functioning of a person.
In essence, Somatic Experiencing offers a pathway to release and resolve the physical aftermath of trauma, helping clients to regain a sense of calm, empowerment, and emotional stability.
What does Somatic Experiencing look like in a session?
In Somatic Experiencing, the therapist gently guides clients to pay attention to their
physical responses, like tension or breathing patterns. It's a bit like tuning into a radio frequency – the aim is to help clients become more aware of their body's signals. By doing so, they can gradually process the stored distress and release the physical
tension and emotional charge associated with traumatic experiences.
How is Somatic Experiencing different from other modalities?
This process is often subtle and involves creating a safe, supportive environment where clients can explore these sensations at their own pace. Unlike some therapies that focus mainly on discussing and analyzing thoughts and emotions, Somatic Experiencing centers on the body's wisdom to heal and restore balance. It's particularly helpful for those who find it hard to express or process their trauma through words alone.
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