SE FAQ #8 – Does Somatic Experiencing Help With Breaking Patterns And Habits?

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SE FAQ #8 – Does Somatic Experiencing Help With Breaking Patterns And Habits?

Years ago, I wrote an article entitled “When is Prayer, Meditation and Yoga No Different than Sex Drugs, and Rock and Roll” and what I was hypothesizing or exploring in that article is the concept of self-regulation.

Now, you’ve heard me talk about the autonomic nervous system being able to self-regulate itself. Now, when there’s discoordinance or short-circuits in the autonomic nervous system, it can create a disease, or discomfort, or anxiety, or tension, or stress, or holding patterns.

We have a really difficult time feeling all of that and so many of us reach for external behaviors in order to change the way we feel. So, if I feel something and I don’t wanna feel it, I go drink; if I feel something I don’t wanna feel, I go take the yoga class; if I feel something I don’t wanna feel, I meditate; if I feel something I don’t wanna feel, I eat.

And so, we spend a lot of our lives going from self-regulating behavior to self-regulating behavior and that works and we, you know, for a while, and what happens in the resolution of our past traumatic events is we’re able to get our nervous system to let go of those holding patterns so they were not feeling all those uncomfortable feelings anymore then there seems to be a reduction in the need to self-soothe through all these different means.

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About briandmahan

Following a catastrophic automobile accident several years ago, I began suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I was hit by one of two cars that were racing on the 10 freeway in Los Angeles. And, although I walked away from the accident, I began to have several FULL-BLOWN panic attacks a day (I didn’t even know they were panic attacks; I just thought I was going crazy). But, after just a few sessions with a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, my anxiety and panic attacks ceased and I haven't had one in 9 years. In fact, my life changed so dramatically and quickly, I decided to train in the same technique. Upon completing a three-year training program studying Somatic Experiencing, the work of Peter Levine, PhD., my self-obsessed passion for healing and personal transformation shifted. I've been blessed to be able to help and assist other survivors of unresolved past traumatic events, who suffer from PTSD, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression and Stress to feel safe, joyful and to take take control of their lives again. And, now, I consider that car wreck to be one of the best things that ever happened to me. It’s my passion for the past 9 years to share my story, experience, and know-how with others, like you, who may simply have been trying to heal with the wrong approaches. (You can’t heal a toothache by getting a massage.) I am not a psychologist, a medical doctor or a spiritual healer. I am a trauma survivor. And I have come to understand that PTSD, anxiety, panic, stress and depression are physiological conditions more so than they are psychological disorders. I hold retreats, workshops and free seminars, focused on establishing a sense of safety and re-awakening embodiment through healing stress and trauma. I also offer one-on-one sessions both face-to-face for local clients and by Phone and SKYPE for clients nationwide and internationally.
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