Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a therapeutic approach developed by Dr. Peter A. Levine, a psychologist and researcher, that focuses on resolving and healing trauma and stress-related disorders by addressing the body’s physical and physiological responses to trauma.

Dr. Levine’s groundbreaking book, “Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma,” which introduced the principles of Somatic Experiencing to a wider audience, was published in 1997. Since then, Somatic Experiencing has continued to evolve and gain recognition in the field of trauma therapy.

The central idea behind Somatic Experiencing is that trauma is not only a psychological or emotional experience but also a somatic (bodily) one, and healing trauma involves addressing the physical sensations and responses that are stored in the body. Somatic Experiencing has been used successfully to address a wide range of trauma-related issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), developmental trauma, physical trauma, and various stress-related disorders. It is a client-centred and body-oriented therapy that seeks to promote resilience and healing by reconnecting individuals with their natural capacity to restore balance and well-being.

Marisa Howard is offering Somatic Experiencing, having completed the first 2 years of the 3 year training in SE, as part of her Counselling and Psychotherapy sessions. Marisa is accredited with WorkSafe Victoria and specialises in workplace stress and trauma.

Marisa works out of our beautiful Upstairs Garden Room on Wednesdays – to book in, contact her directly on 0401 654 879.