Somatic Experiencing\u00ae is a therapy that helps alleviate and potentially resolve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can also help symptoms of other trauma-related problems, such as chronic stress. Somatic Experiencing therapy focuses on the client\u2019s perceived body sensations or \u201csomatic experiences.\u201d When you begin to experience PTSD symptoms, it's crucial to seek out help through a reputable treatment center that offers these types of therapies. What Is Somatic Experiencing Therapy? Somatic Experiencing was introduced by Peter A. Levine, PhD, in his 1997 book, \u201cWaking the Tiger.\u201d Dr. Levine discussed his lengthy observations of animals in the wild, with a particular emphasis on how the animals dealt with and recovered from life-threatening situations. These lessons formed the basis for somatic trauma therapy. Instead of a balanced state, traumatic stress keeps people stuck in either an \u201con\u201d or \u201coff\u201d state. When stuck in the \u201con\u201d state of traumatic stress, people show symptoms of anxiety, chronic pain, digestive problems, emotional flooding, exaggerated startle, hostility\/rage, hyperactivity, hyper-vigilance, panic, and sleeplessness. In the \u201coff\u201d position, traumatic stress can bring about chronic fatigue, complex syndromes, depression, deadness or numbness, disconnection, disorientation, dissociation, exhaustion, flat affect, lethargy, low blood pressure, pain, and poor digestion. How Somatic Experiencing Works Somatic Experiencing can release traumatic shock, which is the key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma. Somatic Experiencing offers clients a framework to assess where they\u2019re \u201cstuck\u201d in the fight, flight, freeze or collapse body responses and provides clinically proven tools to resolve these fixated states. At Promises, clinicians trained in Somatic Experiencing help clients develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and emotions they\u2019ve suppressed. It\u2019s not necessary for clients to relive the traumatic event or even to retell it to the clinician. Somatic Experiencing therapy allows clients to engage, complete and resolve trauma in a slow and supportive way. For clients stuck in depression, instead of feeling stuck in numbness and hopelessness, they are given tools to transform these feelings into empowerment and triumph. Those suffering from rage or anxiety learn to relax into a sense of peace and safety. The ultimate goals of Somatic Experiencing therapy are the following: \tResettle the client\u2019s nervous system \tRestore inner balance \tIncrease vitality \tEnhance resilience to stress \tIncrease the capacity to actively engage in a life of recovery Treatment through Promises Treatment Centers If you or a loved one is struggling with PTSD or other symptoms from trauma, it's time to seek out help. At Promises Treatment Centers, we strive to provide a range of programs and therapies for clients in need. By including Somatic Experiencing therapy in our treatment plans, we can help our clients overcome their trauma. As they overcome their symptoms, they can begin to look forward to the rest of their lives. To learn more about this therapy and your other treatment options, contact Promises Treatment Centers today at . Our admissions team is ready to help.