What is Somatic Experiencing®?
Somatic Experiencing® is a nature observation-based therapeutic approach developed by Dr. Peter Levine, whose goal is the resolution and healing of trauma.
Somatic Experiencing® 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.
Who is Peter Levine?
Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., is the Somatic Experiencing® creator and founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.
Levine is an American therapist, author, and educator, who has specialized in the treatment and understanding of post-traumatic stress. He developed Somatic Experiencing® and founded the organization for education and research dedicated to the healing and prevention of trauma: Somatic Experiencing Training Institute.
He worked as a stress consultant for NASA and now occupies a leading position in trauma healing, both as a therapist and for his theoretical and technical contributions.
He is the author of numerous books on trauma and post-traumatic stress.
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