We specialize in a neurobiological approach to trauma known as Somatic Experiencing® or SE.   SE is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. This approach treats or relieves trauma that may come about from an acute stress that our body perceived as life-threatening or from on-going cumulative stress.  The SE method integrates stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics . It helps people release traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental or attachment trauma.

Trauma may begin as acute stress from a perceived life-threat or as the end product of cumulative stress. It expresses its voice across a wide range of physical, emotional and spiritual symptoms and can seriously impair a person’s ability to function with resilience and ease. Traumatic stress symptoms may result from a wide variety of experiences —  such as accidents, invasive medical procedures, sexual or physical assault, emotional abuse, neglect, war, natural disasters, loss, birth trauma, or the corrosive stressors of ongoing fear and conflict .

The orientation of this approach is body-centered and supports a greater awareness of one’s whole self. Survivors can consider and evaluate virtually every aspect of a traumatic experience – but the associated and difficult sensations, emotions, and behaviors cannot be resolved until what has been stored in body-memory has an opportunity to be found, re-negotiated, digested and eliminated. The results of this approach can provide greater ease and freedom in one’s life, as well as important positive changes in bio-markers such as blood pressure, sleep cycles, blood sugar levels, immune digestive, endocrine and respiratory function.

SE Practitioners

Alaine Duncan
Alaine Duncan
Acupuncturist
Barbara Glenfield
Barbara Glenfield
Co-Director and Physical Therapist
Lucia Mercer
Lucia Mercer
Massage Therapist