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What is Somatic Experiencing®?

It is an effective psycho-physiological working method, developed by dr. Peter Levine, for the treatment and prevention of trauma.

Fierce Lion
Fierce Lion

The studies of dr. Levine were based on the observation of Nature and animals

 

"why doesn't a gazelle remain traumatized forever, after being chased by the lion?" 

 

Because an animal lives a potentially traumatic event and then, in most cases,   continues its life as if nothing had happened and we humans remain upset for a long time, haunted by recurrent or sudden nightmares or anxieties, which do not allow us to live our life to the fullest?

The added value of Somatic Experiencing® compared to other techniques is the understanding that what happens in the traumatic event is not only psychological, but represents a complex physical, neurological and psychic reaction.

 

To move beyond the trauma, we need to complete and unload the physiological processes that began at that time, rather than remembering or retracing the event.

The trauma does not reside in the event, but in our reaction to it!

Why does it work where other therapies fail?

The reactions that occur in the traumatic event are essentially instinctive, and cannot be influenced by the intellect or the will.

 

This explains why cognitive approaches and working with emotions can, in some cases, improve some symptoms but do not help to dissolve them.

 

If our logical mind was not "turned on", it will not be the one who will allow us to solve the problem!

Our reactions, which allow us to act in the face of a perceived or real threat, allow our bodies to prepare for fight or flight.

When we are successful, our body returns to the state of balance.

 

If the event instead leaves us with a sense of overwhelm, mistrust and inability to defend ourselves, then the energy we had put into circulation to fight or flee has no place to discharge and becomes the cause of many symptoms that occur in our life.

Think of the sense of helplessness that the news of a serious illness leaves you, a sudden accident that  you can't avoid, a dismissal .... these are some examples of events that are common but very traumatic for some of us, to which we often fail to react as we would like.

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