Somatic Experiencing® -
Trauma Work

What is Somatic Experiencing®?

Trauma and shock can be overcome.

Everyone has already suffered one or more light or severe trauma in life.
Somatic Experiencing® is a proven body awareness method to heal trauma. The focus of the client is directed in the “here and now” on the perception of his / her body sensations or sensory impressions. This allows the emotional and physiological effects of stress, shock, and trauma, and associated anxiety and depression, to fade and dissipate.

In a life-threatening situation, e.g. if a tiger suddenly stands in front of you, people react instinctively. There are 3 different reactions available: Fight or flight or, if these are not possible, the person will freeze. As a result, the provided survival energy remains trapped in the nervous system.

Somatic Experiencing helps you realize how your body reacts to threat or stress. In the session, you will learn that an overwhelming event occurs physiologically in the body and that your body can overcome such an event.

Psychological trauma symptoms

  • Anxiety of having panic attacks
  • Depression, listlessness
  • Nightmares
  • Emotional numbness
  • Excessive vigilance
  • Fluctuations in emotions, helplessness
  • Problems sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Orientation problems
  • Contact problems, loneliness
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Overwork

Physiological trauma symptoms

  • Physical exhaustion
  • Extreme willingness to perform
  • Headache and neck pain
  • Drug consumption as self-medication
  • Addiction to pills, excessive alcohol consumption
  • Numbness, paresthesia
  • Over-sensitive to light, smells, noises
  • Tics, twitches

If the symptoms subside after the shock event after a few weeks, then it is a normal adjustment reaction without trauma. However, if the symptoms persist, it is likely trauma.

The more intense the shock, the more likely trauma will occur. A minor car accident with sheet metal damage can cause trauma. - The symptoms appear either immediately after the shock or after a delay of up to 1½ years.

The symptoms appear gradually and can last for years. - The symptoms are sometimes very special, strange, and difficult for the client to classify.

Face your symptoms and experience how you can take part in the flow of life again.

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Somatic Experiencing-Video, in English:

Introduction to Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing-Videos, in German:

Ray's Story mit deutschen Untertiteln


Trauma nach BikeCrash

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What is the key to a Somatic Experiencing® Session?

Empathizing and experiencing what the body feels is the actual key. I guide the process by sitting opposite of you while you describe your body sensations. Working together releases and gently relieves the persistent physical stress.

What does a Somatic Experiencing® Session look like?

In a Somatic Experiencing® Session, somatic sensations, along with sensations such as laughing, crying, shaking, or shivering, are considered to be a discharge of the energy trapped in your body. I might also help you use specific breathing or relaxation techniques to help you process and release the trauma.

Is a Somatic Experiencing® Session emotional?

In a session you can laugh heartily, but you may also cry. As a therapist, I do not "control" or "manipulate" you. I just ask open-ended questions so that you have the opportunity to "explore physically". For example, anger, bliss, sadness, horror or helplessness can show up.

What do you wear during a Somatic Experiencing® Session?

In a Somatic Experiencing® Session you sit in your regular, comfortable clothes on a chair.

What is Pendulation?

Pendulation, also called “looping,” involves switching between resourcing and titration, allowing a person to move between a state of arousal triggered by a traumatic event and a state of calm.

The Founder of Somatic Experiencing®

Peter Alan Levine (born February 19, 1942) is an American biophysicist, psychologist, Certified Advanced Rolfer, and body-oriented trauma therapist.

Levine holds a PhD in biophysics and psychology. He developed the Somatic Experiencing method in a holistic approach to trauma resolution. The method starts with the body awareness of the client and works with his body memory to resolve shock trauma. An extended SE approach is also suitable for treating developmental trauma.

Levine teaches his method worldwide. In October 2010 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Body Psychotherapists. As a stress consultant, he was involved in the NASA project on space shuttle development and as a member of the psychologists for social responsibility in the development of practical aids in the event of natural disasters and the consequences of war.

His dissertation in 1976 at the University of California, Berkeley was entitled Accumulated Stress, Reserve Capacity, and Disease.


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