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Somatic Experiencing (SE) understands that the effects of trauma can be numerous and that the pain can be overwhelming. To counter the effects of overwhelm and pain, SE uses a very gentle and titrated approach to unwind the effects of trauma being stored within the body.
Somatic Experiencing takes notice of the here and now by allowing the head and eyes to go where they want to go. With practice, we can gently shift the autonomic nervous system to sense safety when our internal alarms get triggered and there is not an immediate need for us to fight, flight, or freeze.
When our boundaries are breeched due to trauma, our body sends off signals to help us stay safe. These normal and natural signals sometimes get put on a "loop cycle" repeating themselves over and over even after the danger has passed. Sometimes subconscious triggers in the environment cause this cycle to start up again.
Somatic Experiencing uses mindfulness techniques and inquiry to help one become less overwhelmed when intense sensations in the body arise.
Punching, kicking, anger, clenching fists, and screaming are some of the ways we might notice our fight impulse.
Running, dodging, anxiety, and constant busyness are some ways we might notice our flight impulse.
Zoning out, depression, heaviness, and chronic fatigue are some of the ways we might notice our freeze impulse.
Sometimes we know what the triggers in the environment are, and sometimes we do not. Sometimes the body sensations we feel can trigger the internal alarm system of the autonomic nervous system that send us into fight, flight, and/or freeze.
Sometimes we may swing from being extremely hypervigilant to completely shut down. Your body wanted to fight or flight from the trauma, but it was unable to do this. So, in order to protect itself, your body went into freeze and shutdown. You didn't consciously choose to do this involuntary autonomic nervous system response.
Somatic Experiencing gently restores choice, options, and boundaries that were taken from you during the traumatic event(s). Please let me know how I can best serve you in creating a positive and safe experience.