The Process

A vital component of SE is called Resourcing. This is the work done with the client throughout the SE experience that cultivates positive inner experiences of safety, groundedness and determination to continue the healing process and build lifelong resiliency. Examples of resources could be a close friend to talk to, a happy memory of a time when they felt powerful or secure, yoga, dance, meditation or any physical exercise that helps alleviate trauma symptoms.

Pendulation in SE is the expansion and contraction of the nervous system between polarities to develop self regulation. As the client gets close to traumatic material the SE practitioner makes sure it doesn't get too intense by closely tracking and helping the client experience a resource so they are able to handle the material in small segments. This technique is called titration. Very small steps are taken into the trauma material then back to resourcing. This builds capacity to deal with and integrate the potentially overwhelming energy that arises. As the energy is discharged a person may experience shaking, sweating, laughing, crying or new breathing patterns. These are normal responses in the resolution of trauma. 

Slowing everything down allows the client to complete the defensive responses they were unable to complete at the time the event occurred.  This allows the client to digest the event, builds resiliency, safety and security as they develop a strong nervous system. 

Orienting is another important concept in Somatic Experiencing. It helps a person be present in their physical environment in the moment noticing what is around them and connecting to the physical space they are in. 

Because the SE work with trauma is a physical/biological process it is dire that we pay attention with the client to sensations in the body. 

In working with anyone it is important to be aware of developmental issues that can come up in the therapeutic process. Such things as attachment styles, ethnic and cultural differences, prior therapies and medical histories can be vital in understanding a person and their  unique personality. 



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