Somatic Experiencing (SE)

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Somatic Experiencing (SE)

Somatic Experiencing (SE)

Complaints about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often involve mental and physical health woes afflicting those who have experienced loss and related traumas like accidents or combat incidents;
influences further undiminished when physiological disturbances arise from imbalanced autonomic
nervous systems affecting such victims; ability to regain equanimity. Dr. Peter Levine developed Somatic Experiencing (SE) to help patients overcome these hurdles by tracking physical sensations or somatic experiences, thereby guiding awareness and management of body-based reactions that enable natural self-regulation processes.

Without the need to focus solely on traumatic events in isolation, SE allows a safe, gentle route towards increased sensitivity to unpleasant but recoverable feelings and emotions. Patients learn this process by gradually building greater tolerance for difficult physical sensations along with suppressed reactions and responses allowing trapped survival energy still bound within their bodies to release at last – thus enabling completion of self-protective motor patterns while bringing healing to root causes triggering traumatic symptoms—often the key found through SE.

Symptoms Addressed by Somatic-Experiencing (SE):

  1. Chronic Physical Tension: Persistent muscle tightness or bodily stiffness without any apparent medical cause.
  2. Flashbacks: Sudden and intrusive memories of past traumatic events, leading to emotional and sometimes physical reactions.
  3. Hypervigilance: A constant state of alertness and readiness to respond to perceived threats, even in safe environments.
  4. Dissociation: Feeling disconnected from oneself, surroundings, or both. This might manifest as feeling numb, spaced out, or like one is watching events from outside their body.
  5. Unexplained Physical Symptoms: Such as recurrent headaches, stomach issues, or fatigue, often rooted in emotional or traumatic stress.

Top 5 Reasons to Seek Counselling and Guidance for SE Symptoms:

  1. Professional Expertise: To properly address and heal from trauma, professional expertise is invaluable. A trained counselor can offer evidence-based therapeutic interventions tailored to individual needs.
  2. Safe Environment: Engaging in therapy offers a non-judgmental and confidential space to explore, understand, and process complex emotions and experiences.
  3. Improved Well-being: Addressing trauma symptoms can lead to significant improvements in mental, emotional, and physical well-being, enhancing overall quality of life.
  4. Preventive Care: Early intervention can prevent symptoms from worsening or leading to more severe mental health issues like depression or anxiety disorders.
  5. Personal Growth: Beyond symptom relief, therapy offers tools and insights that foster personal growth, resilience, and a deeper understanding of oneself.

Services that Trickett Counselling and Psychotherapy Can Offer for SE:

  1. Individualized Somatic-Experiencing Sessions: Tailored interventions based on individual trauma history and current symptoms.
  2. Confidencial Therapy: An opportunity for individuals to share experiences, find support in confidence, and learn about similar healing journeys.
  3. Educational Workshops: Providing information on the impact of trauma, the principles of SE, and strategies for self-care (individual homework).
  4. Complete Therapies: Incorporating approaches like mindfulness, meditation, and other integrative techniques to support body-mind healing.
  5. Continued Support: Offering resources, follow-up sessions, and guidance for sustainable recovery and well-being.

Embarking on a therapeutic journey with Trickett Counselling and Trickett Psychotherapy ensures expert care, a supportive community, and a committed partner in your path to healing and holistic well-being.

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