Trauma – that doesn‘t mean only war, violence, natural catastrophes, accidents and so on but also being depreciated and disregarded, being exposed to emotional coldness and indifference – can manifest in our body and our nervous system. If it is not relieved it can lead to all kinds of different symptoms on a body- and an emotional level. Most often, we only feel the symptoms or the different moods and can’t see a connection to the original cause. We just „forgot, dissociated, put the original cause in our unconsciousness“.
Somatic Experiencing is a soft method helping to relieve the nervous system and find broader and much healthier freedom of action and moods.
The focus of this method is on the sensation (perception) in our body and the reorganization of our natural orientation. Our reflexes of fight and flight which have been distorted and disturbed and our energies can get blocked and cause all sorts of disturbances.
In this work the therapist and the client usually sit in front of each other. But it may also be helpful to stand or lie down or move. The work is based on this moment, right now where everything can show and blockades can be solved. It doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to go back to the initial incident. Most of times the traumatic incident has passed, sometimes even a long time, but the symptoms have stayed.
My life has changed a lot through this method and I appreciate the soft and slow but very effective work that can be done without actually „doing“ anything.
Every human being finds his/her own pace and direction by perceiving, feeling and sensing.
EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
With this method the cerebral hemespheres are activated by stimulation in order to help the processing of the traumatic material.
It creates a break of patterns, a cerebral reorganization of the psyche. New aspects can arise and it can create a change in our thinking, feeling and our behaviour. The focus is resource oriented.
Bilateral impulses are received by the eyes – by a movement of the therapist with his/her hands from the right to the left side in front of the client’s eyes – or by tactile stimulation – touch alternating on the legs or the shoulders- or acoustical by music that has a bilateral effect. What is most effective will be figured out together with the client.
This method is meant as an intervention that can be imbedded in the process of dealing with trauma. It cannot substitute a trauma therapy, but can be very helpful at a certain point during the process. Often clients are impressed by how easy and quickly something can change within them using this method.