Profound experiences can lead to permanent stress symptoms, because the unexpected event happened too fast and / or is too overwhelming to be adequately responded to. The stress originated from these experiences has not been discharged because of various circumstances and is stuck in your body. The result is that (often misunderstood and) seemingly untreatable complaints arise such as anxiety, hyperventilation, irritability, insomnia, depression, fatigue, dissociation - in this case not being able to perceive emotions - and denial.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) uses a neurophysiological explanation for the healing of trauma (persistent symptoms). By using the associated physical reactions - under expert supervision -, your body itself dissolves the dysregulation in a gradual and safe approach. In this way, we focus on the impeding effects of the traumatic event that have remained. Thanks to the self-healing ability of the body the stress-related symptoms can diminish and even disappear. The energy can flow freely again, the normal state of the body returns, so that the joy of living increases.
The strength of SE is the treatment of the reactions which the events have caused in the body system - in particular in the nervous system. This is the core of the SE approach. SE focuses on the effects rather than the overwhelming experience itself.
A session lasts approximately 1 hour. In a brief introductory conversation we set the goals formulated by you on the basis of which we work in the session. We investigate the tension during this session and meet this openly and without judgment. The duration of the treatment process depends on the trauma itself and on the extent of the symptoms.
SE helps you to become aware of internal and external resources that support your process. We use humor, friendship(s), consciously stand on both feet and successful large and small moments in life. It is important to be aware of your own physical presence at any time.