Origin of Somatic Experiencing® (SE)

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. (born 1942), psychologist and biophysicist, developed and expanded the Somatic Experiencing® method since the 1970s.

He observed that animals in the wild are not traumatized, although they constantly experience threatening situations. If they can not fight or flee, they instinctively go into a state of freeze. When the threat is over, they detach from the freeze by shivering, shaking or jumping. Their body returns to its natural, awake and relaxed state. In humans, this solution process often fails because the rational parts of the brain inhibit the instinctive processes, and many symptoms can develop.
Based on these observations, Peter Levine developed a method to address the instinctive parts of the nervous system and thus complete the biological cycle of orienting, fight / flight, freeze and discharge.

Peter Levine is founder of the Somatic Experience Trauma Insitute and is the author of various publications, i.a. "Waking the Tiger - Healing Trauma" and "In an Unspoken Voice; How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness".