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Somatic Therapy

In the 1970s, Peter Levine developed a version of somatic therapy called “somatic experiencing,” which came, in part, out of Jungian Theory and his observation of animals. He posited that when humans experience trauma, they can become trapped in the “freeze” part of the fight, flight, or freeze response. His idea is that we remain frozen in many parts of life as a reaction to a traumatic <https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/trauma>  experience. These frozen parts of ourselves accumulate energy as they should, but expend it in ways, that are counterproductive to a healthy life, such as through stress <https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/stress>  and anxiety <https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/anxiety>

Somatic therapy is a form of body-centered therapy that looks at the connection of mind and body and uses both psychotherapy <https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/therapy>  and physical therapies for holistic healing. The goal of somatic experiencing is to redirect this energy in healthier directions.

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