Somatic Experiencing® is a therapeutic tool used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related disorders.
Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented approach developed by Dr. Peter Levine, a Senior Fellow at The Meadows and a leader in cutting-edge treatments for trauma. While studying the stress responses of animals in their natural environment, he discovered that trauma is not about the event, but is actually the biological and physiological response to the event.
Unlike traditional therapies, the goal of Somatic Experiencing® is to be present in the “here and now,” explore choices and options, and create stability in patients’ relationships and lives. Dr. Levine believes that accessing the nervous system and bypassing the brain allows for more relaxation, containment, and emotional self-regulation.
Somatic Experiencing® is used to treat two types of trauma: shock trauma and developmental trauma. Shock trauma is caused by a single traumatic event or near-death experience. Developmental trauma refers to the damage that occurs during childhood development.
The Meadows Model helps patients find the words to describe what they feel and Somatic Experiencing® works to stabilize emotional and physiological distress. These two approaches support each other in the healing process.
To learn more about Somatic Experiencing® and how it can improve your life, contact The Meadows at 800-244-4949 with your questions, and start receiving the help you need.