SOMATIC EXPERIENCING® (SE) psychobiological trauma resolution is a potent method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
The SE approach offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states.
It provides effective skills appropriate to a variety of healing professions including mental health, medicine, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, first response, education, and others.
The growth and learning that can occur through work with horses is extremely valuable. Research currently reveals that the human animal bond can enhance a person’s life on many levels including emotional growth, increasing concentration levels, boosting self confidence, anxiety reduction, and increasing self-efficacy. Equine assisted therapy has shown evidenced-based efficacy in clients with substance use and co-occurring disorders, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. Horses are able to sense the full range of emotions in the humans that they interact with. Due to this, horses become a client’s therapeutic mirror. Clients are able to gain important insight from horses which can significantly add to the therapeutic process.