Somatic experiencing, a healing modality created by Dr. Peter Levine, is a gentle body oriented approach to healing trauma and renegotiating our bodies relationship to stress. Not everyone experiences trauma, but we have all experienced stress. And in the last 20 years, the stress we experience has become continual and cumulative. Effects of this include anxiety, depression, interrupted sleep, and digestive issues, to name a few. Somatic Experiencing helps us tap into our body’s wisdom to access the energy of any
self-protective responses that may have been inhibited during a traumatic and/or extremely stressful event. This type of healing at the nervous system level allows for a wider window of tolerance and a greater capacity to hold and respond appropriately to all of life’s events.
Somatic Touch Therapy
Unlike Somatic Experiencing, which uses verbal interventions to engage the nervous system, Somatic Touch Therapy bypasses the “executive brain” and uses safe touch to engage your internal systems. Many of us did not experience safe touch and a sense of nurturing as children, and as a result, the natural development of our internal systems may have been inhibited. Somatic Touch Therapy is a tool designed to help complete stuck threat responses at the deepest level of our human biological systems. Some of the benefits of this healing process are a sense of inner peace, congruence between our internal systems, a sense of control in our own life, more regulated and nurturing sleep, and a new reservoir of vitality. All of this allows for a sense of wellness, flow, coherence in our inner and outer worlds, and the capacity to better negotiate life’s stressors.
Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience (DARe)
Our attachment system informs the decisions we make in our relationships, whom we pick, and how we show up. A healthy attachment system is developed at a young age through gentle and reassuring touch, attentive eye contact, a warm, affectionate tone of voice, and a safe space where we feel seen, soothed, valued, and supported. When we have relationships rooted in co-regulation, we are primed for connection. However, if we have relationships that are awash with mis-attunement, we are primed for protection. In our adult life, this can create chaos, conflict, and unmanageability in our relationships. DARe is a tool that allows us to revisit these deeply wounding experiences to reimagine them through a lens of empowerment, healing our wounds, and creating lasting change. Through this experience, we learn to value ourselves, communicate our needs, set healthy boundaries, and become self-sustaining through our own contributions. Then, we can move from surviving to thriving in all of our relationships.