Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) in St. Louis with Margaret Howard
I have completed the entire first year of Somatic Experiencing training and will be entering my second year in January, 2016.. In order to heal trauma, we have to engage the body. This is work is gentle and effective, and does not require the prolonged exposure to traumatic memory some other methods espouse. In fact, with SE it's possible to heal traumas that aren't even overtly remembered.
Here is an excellent overview of the process, from the cover story in Social Work Today, "Somatic Experiencing: A Body-Centered Approach to Healing Veterans' PTSD" (2015, J. Scott Janssen, MSW, LCSW, Social Work Today, Vol. 15 No. 5 P. 12):
And here is a short explanation from the Trauma Healing website:
SOMATIC EXPERIENCING (SE) is a potent psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.