"We repeat what we don't repair.”
— Christine Langley-Obaugh
"Trauma victims cannot recover until they become familiar with and befriend the
sensations in their bodies. Being frightened means that you live in a body that is always
on guard. Angry people live in angry bodies.
The bodies of child-abuse victims are tense
and defensive until they find a way to relax
and feel safe. In order to change, people need
to become aware of their sensations and the
way that their bodies interact with the world around them. Physical self-awareness is the
first step in releasing the tyranny of the past."
–Besel Van Der Kolk
Somatic Experiencing offers gentle, noninvasive ways to work with trauma, anxiety, depression,
addiction, and other forms of stress. By creating
a safe environment for exploration of the body's felt sense, SE helps you build capacity and
resilience to live a fuller, more conscious life.
Here is a concise explanation from the SE website:
SE does not require the traumatized person to re-tell or re-live the traumatic event. Instead, it offers the opportunity to engage, complete and resolve, in a slow and supported way, the body's instinctual fight, flight, freeze, and collapse responses. Individuals locked in anxiety or rage then relax into a growing sense of peace and safety. Those stuck in depression gradually find their feelings of hopelessness and numbness transformed into empowerment, triumph, and mastery. SE catalyzes corrective bodily experiences that contradict those of fear and helplessness. This resets the nervous system, restores inner balance, enhances resilience to stress, and increases people's vitality, equanimity, and capacity
to actively engage in life.
Amy has completed the full three year program, and integrates SE into her practice.