“Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering.”
–Peter Levine, Ph.D., Developer of Somatic Experiencing
Some days, it’s easier to numb out.
You know… to pretend you don’t feel the pressure mounting around you.
The pressure from current stressors: relationships, financial obligations, conflict at work…
The pressure from memories of abuse or how people have hurt you…
Some days, it feels like you’re working double-time.
You can’t ignore or suppress the pressure; it builds and builds, eating you up inside.
You feel unappreciated and unseen…
You notice the anger and resentment accumulating…
Stuffing it all down just to make it through…
I imagine that’s how you’re feeling these days. I’ve treated so many Women of Color with this same story.
They tell me about the pressure to give, regardless of where they’ve been or what they’re going through. They share stories of deep trauma and never had the chance to heal from these psychological wounds.
And then, to survive, they just go numb. They trade their creative spark and joy for a life sentence of “just deal with it.”
I don’t want you to live this way.
The only way to heal trauma is by involving the body.
Most of us have learned to “think our way” out of our problems. But this approach doesn’t work when confronting our trauma. That’s because our trauma lives in the parts of our brain connected to our body.
There is a way to heal your trauma and change the story of shame that you experience, and it’s called Somatic Therapy.
Through Somatic Therapy, you get back in touch with and HONOR your bodily sensations and feelings. This makes you more curious about your experience and more present with your feelings, even difficult ones, as they arise.
Here’s how it works…
With Somatic Therapy, we’ll track and focus on the sensations in your body as you share during each session.
You may notice feelings of release in the throat and chest area upon sharing, for example.
Or you may feel a heaviness on your shoulders as you allow yourself to feel into the challenging parts of your story.
You may also experience tingling in your arms or an unexplainable urge to move around and readjust as we speak.
These are all normal bodily sensations during a Somatic Therapy session.
Some sensations will feel more challenging to experience than others. You may experience an uncontrollable urge to shut it all down and avoid these sensations altogether.
For this work to be effective, we must look directly at the trauma – not avoid it.
The trauma reactions are with you because it feels so hard to remember the painful past… it feels much easier to push it down.
Unfortunately, this leads to not being curious about what happened and avoiding it altogether. In our Somatic Therapy work, you will learn how to be curious about what is happening inside of you.
We’ll move very slowly, honoring the sensations that come up. Don’t worry: I’ll keep a close eye on you, ensuring you don’t get overwhelmed. Again, we’ll go slowly and take as many breaks as you need.
As we progress, these same scary sensations will feel less scary because you have practiced being curious about them.
You will know what it means when that sensation comes up and will be given the tools to deal with it.
You will learn that all your bodily sensations – even the ones that feel challenging – can provide great insights about yourself and your environment.
You will feel more free and able to make the changes you need to feel more secure and empowered in your world.
–Peter Levine, Ph.D.
Trauma doesn’t have to be your legacy!
Just think of how living with trauma is holding you back. I know you want to feel more in control, but you just haven’t had the right approach to heal those past wounds.
But now you do. No more turning away, pushing it down, or pouring another glass of wine…
It’s time for a change, and you can do this!
If you’re ready, give me a call, and let’s schedule your free consultation: (352) 642-6755.