Anxiety is a pervasive mental health issue that affects millions of people worldwide. While traditional treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can be effective for targeting problematic thoughts, many patients still struggle with the emotional distress that anxiety wrecks on the body. Let’s learn more about how Somatic Experiencing can help!
Somatic Experiencing, a body-centered approach, aims to alleviate acute internal stress. It is an excellent solution to manage panic symptoms, fear, trauma responses, anger, or other emotions that can be disruptive, often making us feel out of control.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a form of alternative therapy developed by Dr. Peter Levine, based on his observations of animals in the wild. Despite being routinely threatened by predators, animals rarely show symptoms of trauma. This observation led Dr. Levine to conclude that the ability to rebound from threatening situations is a natural and innate process that humans have lost touch with.
SE emphasizes the importance of noticing and tracking bodily sensations or “somatic experiences.” It is based on the idea that trauma and stress trigger a fight, flight, or freeze response in the body, which can lead to symptoms of anxiety when not properly released.
Anxiety often manifests as a physical response to a perceived threat, resulting in symptoms like a racing heart, rapid breathing, and feelings of panic. SE helps individuals become more aware of these physical responses and learn to release the tension through grounding and self-regulation techniques.
Somatic Experiencing offers a unique approach to managing anxiety by focusing on the body’s natural ability to heal and restore itself. By becoming more aware of bodily sensations and learning to regulate the body’s response to stress, individuals can effectively alleviate symptoms of anxiety. However, it is important to note that SE should be used as a complement to traditional therapy, not as a replacement. If you are interested in trying SE, reach out by chat or schedule a therapy appointment directly with your Radish psychologist!
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