The sensory-based counselling I work with is called Somatic Experiencing. To understand how it works it is important to know that anything experienced by our nervous systems as “too much, too soon or too fast” can have a lasting impact; particularly if we didn’t have an opportunity to respond as our bodies wished to respond at the time.
Somatic Experiencing, which has been applied clinically for over 45 yrs, helps re-establish the rhythm of the nervous system by paying attention to the self-protective impulses in the body. This in turn allows us to experience the relief of the danger being over and the system settling.
“Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” Dr. Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing.
I am qualified to work with people who have experienced high intensity activation such as pre and peri-natal trauma, anesthesia, surgery, high fevers, suffocation, choking and drowning; high impact events such as falls, acquired brain injury and accidents; natural and human-made disasters, inescapable attacks, emotional and sexual trauma, horror, abuse and war.
A Psychology Today article about Somatic Experiencing: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/the-intelligent-divorce/201503/somatic-experiencing