When you think of Somatic Experiencing Therapy, do you think of some kind of voodoo therapy? Think you will be touched the whole time? Well, those are some of the myths about Somatic Experiencing.
It is really a therapy much like psychotherapy, but looks at one’s physiology to promote healing. The therapy is based on Peter Levine’s observations of animals in the wild. Despite the stresses in the wild kingdom and fighting for survival, animals are not traumatized. The animals in the wild are able to complete self-protective responses in order to release blocked energy. So, the animals can feel safe again.
In Somatic Experiencing Therapy, we look at one’s physiology when our clients have had traumatic experiences, and we work to release the blocked energy that keeps them in a “freeze” state. Once the energy is released, the cycle can be completed and the natural fight-flight responses can return so you feel safe again.