Articles


Somatic Experiencing Trauma Healing For Kids by Maggie Kline MS, MFT (Copyright: 2002 Mothering Magazine, 2003 Gale Group)
Maggie Kline is a senior faculty member at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and a Senior Instructor on many USA and international SE Professional Trainings. Her background is in humanistic, family systems and Gestalt psychology with additional training in various body-based psychotherapies, including EMDR, Bodynamics plus Postural Integration. The “emotional first aid” presented in this article is intended to facilitate a journey into the inner world of a child’s bodily sensations as a way of fostering resilience to the challenges and stresses that all children face.

Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
The SETI website contains a comprehensive list of articles about Somatic Experiencing and trauma related subjects. Don’t miss the Beyond Trauma: Somatic Experiencing Blog link in the top right corner of the page.

Somatic Experiencing and the Physiological Origins of Trauma
Read an in depth interview about Somatic Experiencing and the physiological origins of trauma between Peter Levine PhD and Victor Yalom, founder and president of Psychotherapy.net 

Working Around Developmental Defenses In SE Sessions by Raja Selvum Ph.D. and Lori A. Parker Ph.D.

Raja Selvum Ph.D is a senior faculty member at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. He has been the trainer on many SE Professional Trainings as well as offering SE post graduate seminars around the world.

Since a traumatic experience is essentially one of disintegration, it is understandable that it would bring out any pre-existing defenses. It is important for SE practitioners to learn how to spot these defenses and work around them. Otherwise, the SE process in general, and self-regulation in particular, will be hindered. This article gives SE practitioners some ideas about how they might work around the developmental defenses that most often manifest in SE sessions. Included within are specific timelines of Developmental Stages according to the Bodynamic School of Somatic Developmental Psychology.

Working With Anger In SE Sessions by Raja Selvum Ph.D. and Lori A. Parker Ph.D.

This article addresses three reasons for giving special attention to the subject of working with anger in the context of an SE session. Firstly, anger is probably the most misunderstood of all human emotions. Traumatized clients often need to be educated about anger and about the taboos that they may have against it. Secondly, sensing anger is the way we know something is wrong – that our sense of “self” is somehow compromised. Thirdly, according to Dr. John E. Sarno, Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University School of Medicine: “Repressing one’s emotions in general, and one’s anger in particular, lies at the heart of many if not most chronic pain disorders and “syndromes.”

Orienting and Defensive Responses: A Motor Developmental Perspective by Dave Berger, MFT, LCMHC, PT, SEP, MA and Kathy Kain, M.Ed., SEP
Dave Berger and Kathy Kain are senior faculty members at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and SE trainers of long standing. In this co-written article the physical processes of orienting and defense, and their underlying developmental progressions, are applied in the context of the SE model. In particular, they explore sensory and motor development in relation to the threat response cycle.

Transition and Trauma: Somatic Experiencing in a Prison Therapeutic Community by Paul Marriot, SEP and Emma Houghton
Paul works as a counsellor in a prison and early on in his SE training decided to start using SE with some of his inmate clients. The effects were encouraging, so he designed a research project and these are the results. Be sure not to miss the case studies on pages 10 – 16 which include personally written reviews from inmates on the program about how the sessions affected them. They are very heart-warming and provide great validation about the value and effectiveness of SE.

A Psychotherapist’s Personal Experience of Somatic Experiencing
An article in the Health section of the Life supplement from the British newspaper The Times, published Saturday 30 April 2011, recounts how Benjamin Fry, a psychotherapist with a practice in Harley Street, benefited from Somatic Experiencing.

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