by Dianne Shelton
Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a form of healing designed to relieve and resolve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress injury and other mental, physical and spiritual trauma-related health challenges by focusing on the client’s real and perceived body sensations. These sensations are known as somatic experiences. The SE approach releases traumatic shock (physical and/or relational), which is essential to transforming disease and the wounds of emotional trauma by working with the nervous system. SE has become recognized as a compassionate healing model, as it does not require the traumatized person to retell or relive the traumatic event. Instead, the focus is on sensations rather than the story of the trauma.