Somatic Experiencing

by Sandra Daitch

Trauma isn’t a Life Sentence

Trauma is a pervasive fact of life, its sources both wide ranging and often hidden. Most of us have been exposed to potential trauma in the form of automobile and other accidents, serious illness, surgery, and invasive medical procedures, experiencing or witnessing violence, natural disasters, sexual assault, etc.

The good news, however, is that trauma does not have to be a life sentence. Contrary to popular belief, trauma can be healed and in many cases, prevented. Trauma is less of a disease than a state of a dis-ease.

By understanding why animals in the wild are rarely traumatized – even though their lives are routinely threatened, we find the key to the healing and prevention of trauma in humans. This capacity for resiliency, shared by all living organisms, is a potent resource in empowering humans to rebound and heal in the aftermath of overwhelming life events.

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a gentle, innovative and integrative approach which helps access and unlock our inherent ability to self regulate and restore vibrancy after stress and threat. With appropriate guidance into the body’s instinctive ‘felt sense’, SE employs awareness of body sensations to help people renegotiate and heal their traumas rather than relive them. By completing the innate responses that were frozen during their state of overwhelm, human animals can learn to naturally move through trauma and heal. As a result, people frequently experience a dramatic reduction in or disappearance of their traumatic symptoms.

The Foundation for Human Enrichment was founded in 1982 by Peter Levine, Ph.D., who holds doctorate degrees in both Medical Biophysics and Psychology. He is the author of Waking the Tiger – Healing Trauma, published in 7 languages. He has also created 2 audio cassette tape sets: Healing Trauma – Restoring the Wisdom of the Body and It Won’t Hurt Forever – Guiding Your Child Through Trauma. FHE offers educational and professional programs on Somatic Experiencing.


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