Somatic Experiencing® is a body-based approach to healing trauma, and the life’s work of Dr. Peter Levine.
As a qualified SEP and RSME/T
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and
Registered Somatic Movement Educator/Therapist
Individual Somatic Experiencing sessions, for people from all backgrounds
Somatic Dramaturgy, trauma-informed support for artists creating work that touches on personally difficult subject matter
Trauma-informed teaching and facilitation, in both arts practice and artist-led social justice initiatives
As a dancer, I am rooted in improvisation with an orientation towards touch, image and sensation. My introductions to diverse Somatic approaches - such as Body Mind Centering, Skinner releasing, Authentic Movement and Experiential Anatomy - came via Contact Improvisation, which draws from Eastern martial arts and meditation practices (qi gong and aikido forms).
CI is hugely complimentary to SE because they both rely on tracking body sensations. Subtle ‘micro-movements’ can indicate latent movement organisations whose expressions can help to release held trauma in the body.
From arts practice, I bring to SE a rigorous understanding of movement, presence, imagery, and creative tools to access to what can be difficult to express through language alone.
My focus shifted towards trauma and the nervous system whilst developing arts projects in relation to intergenerational trauma and systemic racism.
I am committed to developing anti-racist practices, and moving towards collective healing and liberation.
To book a free 30-minute consultation with video call, please get in touch!
Photo: Karen Schaffman Image: Mary Pearson