**Online Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) and Somatic Touch sessions now offered at Bodhisattva Bodywork!**

Discover the power of SE in the privacy of your own home.

Hi, Anna,
I really enjoyed our (online Somatic Touch) session. I got a great piece of awareness about how my body and nervous system respond to physical closeness. You did a great job guiding me while not being in the room with me and I am quite impressed at your ability to read my experience from so far away! I really wish for you to touch many with this kind of work. Much gratitude.
— CP, Florida
Hi, Anna,
(Our client) enjoyed the (SE™) session with you. In the next session with me, I directed him to notice a few things physically and he was able to do so without undue reactivity or dissociating, which he has never been able to do before. Really amazing. We still have lots of work to do, but now it feels like we can actually start getting to more of it! I’m hoping he’ll come back to see you - I’m going to recommend it. Thank you again for your amazing work!
— A Durham area psychotherapist

Somatic Experiencing®(SE)™/Somatic Touch  ($119/$169)

Have you ever experienced a car crash?  Surgery?  Extended illness?  Digestive issues?  TMJ pain?  Assault and/or abuse?  Sleep disorders?  Some physical/mental/emotional ailment that just won't go away?  These conditions and others may be helped by Somatic Experiencing®(SE™).

Somatic Experiencing®(SE)™ Trauma Resolution Therapy is a psychobiological method developed by Peter Levine, PhD. Dr. Levine noted that prey animals, whose lives are routinely threatened in the wild, are rarely traumatized. He discovered through observation that animals are able to readily recover by physically releasing the energy they accumulate during stressful events.

Like animals, we are hard-wired to respond to traumatic incidents as though we are in mortal danger—our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems automatically engage to take us into the most effective physical response (fight, flight, freeze, or collapse) that will ensure our survival. Once safe, however, because of shame or other pervasive thoughts, judgments, or fears, we often override the healing physical release, and the unresolved stressors remain in the body. SE™/Somatic Touch offers the opportunity to connect with, complete, and resolve—in a guided and supported way—these unresolved stressors.

Touch is an extremely effective way to connect with a client’s nervous system, and SE™ Touch work is an important aspect of the three year SE™ training. Because I incorporate post-advanced SE™ touch trainings and my 19+ years of other touch training and experience into my sessions, I use the broader term “Somatic Touch” to describe this aspect of my work.

These body-based approaches do not require the client re-tell or re-live any traumatic event, and although it is a tool often used by psychotherapists, SE™ is not talk therapy. With its focus on promoting a more regulated nervous system, it may be more correctly characterized as accompanied, supported physical self-discovery.  As such, SE™ is the perfect companion to bodywork.

In a session, the client is encouraged verbally and/or through light touch to become present in their body, and to simply notice the presence of, and any changes to, sensations.  As I monitor and facilitate physical nervous system responses, the client is able to gradually develop an increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.  The discharge process that was arrested often years before can be completed, and equilibrium and health are restored.

 Please call (919) 636-9439 with any questions, or click the button below.  If you're ready, you may also purchase a package and/or set an appointment.  I look forward to working with you, and Thank You!    

**One note:  I am a licensed massage and bodywork therapist, and I operate within my scope of practice.  I work with clients who are of generally sound mental health and who have good support systems.  If during our work together I feel you may benefit from the assistance of a licensed mental health professional, I will not hesitate to provide those referrals.

I have no doubt that those who attempt to transform their minds, overcome their disturbing emotions and achieve a sense of inner peace, will, over a period of time, notice a change in their mental attitudes and responses to people and events. Their minds will become more disciplined and positive. And I am sure they will find their own sense of happiness grow as they contribute to the greater happiness of others.
— HH XIV Dalai Lama

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