'Trauma is a fact of life. It doesn't have to be a life sentence' Peter Levine
Trauma may begin as acute stress from an event we perceived as overwhelming or life threatening or it may be the end product of cumulative stress.
Both types can seriously impair a person’s ability to function with ease and resilience and may result in physical as well as psychological symptoms.
A difficult birth or invasive medical procedures are just some examples of the sorts of life events that may give rise to trauma. And if we have suffered other difficulties, the risk of us becoming traumatised by a later event are increased.
The good news is people are born with an innate ability to recover from traumatic events. Sometimes we just need the right kind of support to help us through it.
What Causes Trauma Symptoms
The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is triggered into action whenever we are faced with adversity and it governs our fight, flight, or freeze responses.
Although designed to be self-regulating, the ANS can become dysregulated, particularly when we have not been able to express our full response to a situation we found overwhelming. As a result, we continue to respond as if we are still under threat.
The SE approach
The Somatic Experiencing® method is a resiliency-focused treatment for the healing of trauma and other stress disorders.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy held in the body. This is achieved by very gently guiding people to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.