As of October of 2018, Holly Dahl has completed the 3 years;
216 hours of live training to become a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner.*
If you would wish to take a gander at the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute,
please check out the webpage here .
With every stuck place is a potentiality for energy and in that place are memories that reside within our body. What holds us back as a species when it comes to stressors, to chronic syndromes and in a wider sense our traumas, is by the managing of this said “energy”. Undomesticated animals found in the wild, who face threat on a regular basis do not suffer from what ails us; PTSD, anxiety, depression, autoimmune disorders, chronic dis-eases and so on. With the lifelong work of individuals like Dr. Peter Levine (creator of Somatic Experiencing®), Stephen Porges (behavioral neuroscientist who created the Polyvagal Theory), and Lisbeth Marcher (co-creator of Bodynamics, a psycho-somatic approach to muscle systems and character their structures); these pioneers have proved that through attention in body awareness and through the felt sense of both the client and therapist, liberation and renegotiation of trauma is possible.
In the process of getting in touch with our primal sense, we will dip our toes into bodily awareness as it will naturally ebb and flow like a stream taking a leaf. (There will be a lot of analogies and I apologize ahead of time if it pulls your attention). We will notice the slight shifts in physiology, the behavioral and emotional changes that may occur. With presence, guidance and appropriate touch if it is not too soon, can bring support, safety and containment during moments of discomfort, like coaxing the leaf away from a turbulent eddy. With SE we do not delve deep into the whirl-pools that keep us locked in our holding patterns, we will instead work on the edges… edges of sensation, edges of thoughts, edges of images and ideas. From the edges there will be more room to see, more room for the body to feel safety, to prevent the cyclical patterns that have been so ingrained into the nervous system. Like working with a ball of yarn that has been knotted repeatedly, we will work to find what thread is waiting on the outside to be engaged with just a little, because we all know grabbing straight for the center and being forceful will make the unraveling more cumbersome than necessary.
Somatic Experiencing® methods of bringing the self back to it's roots will eventually allow natural impulses and instincts that have gone under the radar to finally be drenched in attention. What once was forgotten can be retrieved in the stopping of bracing patterns that just wish to move towards an impulse. Our nervous system comprises of two necessary parts that will foster in the renegotiation of trauma; social engagement and the involuntary primal force that has kept us alive for generations on end. This primal force a.k.a. our reptilian brain holds our glorious vagus nerve in the core of our being, quite literally. The vagus nerve "wanders" through out all the sensory organs of the face and neck, the lungs, heart and digestive tract and the amazing part is that 80% is afferent, which means the gut brain receives information from the outside world, processes it and sends it to the brain. How to body holds memories isn't limited to the trunk of our body, but also in the muscles and joints. Symptoms that could be affected by such influences are as follows, but not limited to;
anxiety, fear, panic attacks
hyper-vigilance, 'waiting for the other shoe to drop'
depression, only able to feel negative experience
feeling helpless, sense of collapse in muscles
stuck in shame, guilt or low self-esteem
easily triggered, exaggerated emotional responses
ruminating, intrusive thoughts or memories
feeling numb, vague, spacey, fatigue, in a state of fogginess
sensitivity and agitation to light and sound
disrupted sleep patterns, insomnia, nightmares
digestive issues, IBS
chronic tension, protective bracing in the body leading to repetitive
chronic pain: fibromyalgia, joint pain, plantar-fasciitis, TOS; pins and needles or reduced sensation of touch, cold sensitivity of the fingers,
muscle weakness or swelling
headaches, migraines; nausea
other chronic physical ailments
physical symptoms with no apparent cause
If this is something that sparks your interest, but your curiosity isn't strong enough to break through the hesitation, feel free to contact me here, we can arrange a time to either talk over the phone and or have you come in for a consultation.
I am glad you asked... So I can finally say I have completed my first year of training towards being an S.E.P (Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner). I know that I promised a lot of people that I was going to come out with a blog to share the knowledge I have learned, to bring some light to what I have committed myself to for the next 3(ish) years. Well now, 7 months past my original statement, I can finally say I have a firm grasp on the "ball" of knowledge. Granted this figurative ball is quite fluid in nature, but it has evolved so much from my first day till this last November. To me, it initially felt like a ring, something I can hold the sides of, but if I tried to grasp it in any other direction, there were areas of space without substance, but I never did lose touch of that ring. As I learned the fundamentals to the SE model, trauma and how it affects us as humans through tracking sensations my capacity to be fully present, to SLOW down while remaining curious has helped me to arrive to this momentous state! So with out further a due, I will start by sharing a great quote.