When appropriate, and according to clinical judgment, the use of Somatic Experiencing and EMDR may be proposed in the therapeutic work. SE is a short-term naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine and is supported by research. It is based upon the observation that wild prey animals, though threatened routinely, are rarely traumatized. Animals in the wild utilize innate mechanisms to regulate and discharge the high levels of energy arousal associated with defensive survival behaviors. These mechanisms provide animals with a built-in “immunity’’ to trauma that enables them to return to normal in the aftermath of highly ‘’charged’’ life-threatening experiences.
SE can result in a number of benefits to you, such as relief of traumatic stress symptoms, increased resiliency, and resourcefulness. SC's education and training in SE includes completion of 3 years of training by FHE faculty, as well as participating in 3 years of individual and group sessions and consultations. She is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (S.E.P.) through the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and utilizes a combined approach of SE and "talk therapy" to help relieve symptoms of trauma, grief and loss, and physical/physiological pain, and is also training in the DARE attachment model.
Yoga and meditation, as adjuncts to therapy, are practices that are integral for healing and wellness, particularly in terms of anxiety, depression and trauma. These practices are easy to learn and help clients find more of an embodied connection that can keep the healing occurring between sessions. Clients can learn to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, increase energy and focus, gain hope and motivation, and change their negative thoughts into positive ones.
EMDR can help the logical, emotional and survival (fight/flight/freeze) parts of the brain work together by utilizing resourcing work, bilateral stimulation, and reprocessing distressing events or experiences in order to heal the body and mind. http://www.emdria.org/?page=emdr_therapy
Trauma Treatment and Yoga