Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a natural form of healing that can help you learn how to settle and release physiological activation from your body. Very often this process helps to reduce stress and return to a sense of regulation and mastery in our lives. SE will support you in learning how to attend to uncomfortable sensations in your body and gently unwind them through your conscious attention. SE is particularly useful in managing stress because so many of the symptoms are physiological.

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a therapeutic approach to chronic stress and trauma developed by Peter Levine, PhD. SE is a mind-body approach to psychotherapy in addressing the body’s negative physical and emotional responses to traumatic events.

SE allows us to read what our body is telling us about the trauma it has endured. Although, sometimes with other treatment models, such as exposure therapy, our nervous system may processes body sensations that can lead toward flooding or dissociation when traumatic memories surface. SE is not exposure therapy – it specifically avoids direct and intense verbal recall of traumatic memories and instead approaches the charged memories indirectly, and gradually through body awareness.

The goal with SE is to heal wounds we cannot always see while learning how to organically self-regulate when you bring up distressing memories. If you would like to read more about SE, visit the website at



Somantic Experiencing Holly Pearlman Sherman Oaks CA

In this photo the body wants to step outside of itself and move away, but instead she listens to her head and not her body and remains standing still.