One of the keys to helping clients move beyond trauma into empowerment and mastery is to help them learn how to access safety and positive embodied resource states. This contrasts with reliving traumas and repeatedly experiencing threats that no longer exist. Learn specific tools from Somatic Experiencing for reading clients’ physical and emotional cues, while using their natural instincts to heal and rebalance their physiology and inner feelings. You’ll discover how to:
- Integrate clients’ awareness of their internal experience and your observations of their nonverbal behaviors, including involuntary gestures, posture changes, and external indications of shifts in the autonomic nervous system
- Develop your capacity to read your own somatic cues as a means of resonating and connecting with the client’s experience
- Assess the often-fleeting physical cues of clients’ internal states that indicate crucial resources they can access as they move toward healing
Peter A. Levine, PhD, is the developer of Somatic Experiencing. His books include Waking the Tiger, In an Unspoken Voice, and Trauma and Memory. He’s the recipient of the lifetime achievement award from USABP for his contribution to trauma as well as from the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children.