Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a short-term naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine. It is based upon the observation that wild prey animals, though threatened routinely, are rarely traumatized. Animals in the wild utilize innate mechanisms to regulate and discharge the high levels of energy arousal associated with defensive survival behaviors. These mechanisms provide animals with a built-in "immunity" to trauma that enables them to return to normal in the aftermath of highly "charged" life-threatening experiences. The theory postulates that the symptoms of trauma are the effect of a dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). It further postulates that the ANS has an inherent capacity to self-regulate that is undermined by trauma, and that the inherent capacity to self-regulate can be restored by the procedures of Somatic Experiencing. The procedure involves a client tracking his or her own felt-sense experience. More information about Somatic Experiencing is available at: traumahealing.com
Steven Hoskinson, MA, MAT
Steven Hoskinson, MA, MAT, consults and trains trauma treatment providers internationally under the auspices of Hoskinson Consulting in Encinitas, California, is a Senior International Instructor for the Foundation for Human Enrichment, and is currently completing a doctoral dissertation on Creativity, Myth and Spirituality. For over a decade his engaging teaching style has integrated compassion and humor with rigorous academic discipline. His perspectives include: Evolutionary, Developmental, Cognitive-Behavioral and Systems approaches within a mindfulness framework. Other influences include personal mentoring with Peter Levine, a long-standing mindfulness practice, and over a decade as a practicing aikidoist. He lives in Southern California with his wife Jodi and son Jacob.
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