Do you find yourself frozen/stuck or in repetitive unproductive patterns? Be a creative partner in your life versus living as a reactive participant.
When we experience high anxiety or overwhelming stress the autonomic nervous system enters into a fight, flight or freeze response.
As an experiential body we experience both “little trauma’s” and "Big Trauma’s” in our life. Our brain may not differentiate between these two and we become stuck. If the nervous system becomes stuck on high (over coupled), we remain highly activated. The nervous system will seek out ways to re-create highly activated energy or drama. The individual may not feel safe if not in physical motion or the mind unable to stay highly activated. We can develop false “beliefs systems” about ourselves and others around the need for this high activation. If we are stuck on low with no energy (under coupled), any type of activation can feel overwhelming. Again our “beliefs systems” are formed from this lack of energy. Our mind has an “unhealthy desire of needing” to make sense out of our experience, even if it stays trapped in vortex of pain and suffering. Then we have the issue of being stuck on both...High energies wearing us down with the body becoming overdosed on cortisol. Then we shut down, there is no energy left. A yo-yo effect on our nervous system.
Somatic Experiencing gives you the tools that allow your body to slowly and safely discharge uncompleted survival energies.
For an animal living in nature on survival instinct of fight and flight, this shaking out after a survival event is normal and what’s needed.
This shaking out of a traumatic event or experience is what many humans shutdown.
~CHANGE CAN HAPPEN NATURALLY!~
How does SE/Somatic Experiencing ® differ from other therapeutic modalities?
The word trauma itself can feel overwhelming to even admit. And/or we may not equate or deny various experiences we’ve had in our life as traumatic due to always comparing ourself to others or “how we should be”, not accepting what is actually being felt within the sense body. Often many clients have lived in such dissociation from the their body there is an inability or denial to sense the subtleties of anger, fear, loss, sadness and more.
What if we exchanged the trauma with "anxiousness or constantly stressed or high levels of anxiety." Suppose then we are able to begin acknowledging long held behavior patterns and beliefs that no longer serve us.
Three Things To Remember: