Somatic Experiencing®/SE™ was developped by Dr. Peter Levine. It is a body oriented approach with the aim to releave the symptoms of trauma by focusing on the client’s perceived body sensations.
When we experience shock and trauma, we often loose contact to our innerself. We remain in freeze and shock with the effect that no longer are able to find our true way to unfold our full potential. Sometimes the effects of trauma only appear years after the original traumatic experience and reveals in psycho somatic symptoms (anxieties, panic attacs, depression, chronic pain, chronic fatique, dizziness, distorted body images, unexplained behavioral disorders, addictions, disturbences of the senses, or general nervousness or restlessness, with no clear medical indication.
Trauma is not a sickness. It is a response to various of causes, such as accidents, medical operations, violance, the loss of a person, birth, heavy illness, termination of job contracts, natural disasters, war and other difficult and overwhelming experiences.
It is important to mention that not every bad experience causes trauma. Only when the shock remains in the body and is not able to naturally discharge it might trigger traumatic symptoms. It is very much possible that two persons go through the same shocking experience. One of them continues live as before, the other person remains frozen in the shock and develops traumatic symptoms (PTSD). We therefore do not focus on the traumatic experience as such, but on the effects at our system.
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