I work with trauma using Somatic Experiencing and the Safe and Sound Protocol.
It is not enough to process a traumatic event with our minds. The trauma is experienced in the body and it is there that the experience will reside, affecting us daily, until such a time as we are ready to release it. Our nervous system has evolved over millennia as a tool to keep us safe. But when we have experienced something that overwhelmed us we can often get stuck in a heightened fight, flight or freeze state, continuing to experience danger even though the initial threat has passed. This leaves us little energy to enjoy our life and our relationships as we are fighting a daily internal battle to feel safe.
Using gentle exploration of physical sensation, Somatic Experiencing (SE™), developed by Dr Peter Levine, releases shock from the body, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma. As shock is released, resilience and adaptability are restored.
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a 5 hour auditory program providing stimulation for the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve switches on the parasympathetic or relaxation response in the body. Developed by Dr Stephen Porges and described by him as the “distilled essence of trust”, the SSP can support a nervous system in restoring a felt sense of safety. These two therapies work beautifully together but can also be offered separately.
All sessions are offered over Zoom.