Somatic Experiencing®/SE™ was developed by Dr. Peter A. Levine. It is a body oriented approach with the aim to release the symptoms of shock by focusing on the client’s perceived body sensations.
When we experience shock, we might lose contact to our ourself, especially to our body. We remain in freeze and shock with the effect that we are no longer able to find our true way to unfold our full potential. Sometimes effects of such difficult events only appear years after the original experience. Symptoms of stress after shocking events are not a sickness. They are a response to various of causes, such as accidents, medical operations, violence, 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 everyone who experiences a difficult situation reacts the same way. It is possible that two people encounter the very same experience. One of them continues life as before, the other one remains in shock or collapse and develops symptoms that complicate life. It is, therefore, not so much the event that counts, but what the event did with us.
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Jacqueline Erb is a hypnotherapist and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She is not a psychologist, nor a medical doctor or a psychiatarist.