Somatic Experiencing is a gentle and sensitive exploration of the nervous system responses and a person gradually is able to let go of triggers and cultivate harmony and resiliency when things come up.
SE is a biophysiological approach to healing trauma. Peter Levine has said that trauma does not rest in the event but in the individual’s nervous system. By paying attention to the client’s nervous system, Starry Summers supports the client in their experience of a more ‘coherent’ and ‘resilient’ nervous system.
The SE trauma resolution method does not require the traumatized person to re-tell or re-live the traumatic event. Instead, it offers the opportunity to engage, complete, and resolve—in a slow and supported way—the body’s instinctual fight, flight and freeze responses. This resets the nervous system, restores inner balance, enhances resilience to stress, and increases people’s vitality, equanimity, and capacity to actively engage in life. Starry offers an environment of impartial and compassionate support to facilitate the release of trauma throughout your body.
The length of time and number of sessions in which a client will visit Starry will depend on several factors, including the severity and duration of the trauma(s) and the degree to which the trauma has affected the individual’s nervous system. A conversation with Starry in the initial session may be helpful in providing this kind of information.
As one SE client describes:
“Our sessions were diverse and elicited a variety of responses from my system. Sometimes I laughed. Sometimes I cried. And I remember talking a lot at first (this won’t surprise those who know me best). But sometimes I didn’t and just let my body communicate for me. One thing I found recurrent was the need to rest afterwards, almost as if my system was in healing mode and needed some time to reboot. “
“After almost two years of SE sessions, I can honestly say that I now understand the importance of the SE techniques of titrating(dealing with small portions of the event at a time) and pendulating (moving back and forth from the event to a calming resource) ever-so-slowly in order to give my sensitive nervous system the chance to assimilate and recover. Through these specific SE techniques, I noticed parts of me were coming back, both physically as well as emotionally. “
Ask for a free 15-minute consultation with Starry to find out more about what your session might look like.