MedCircle Original Series

Somatic Experiencing Therapy: How to Set Yourself Free from Trauma

More than half of the population has experienced trauma. Learn about this groundbreaking body-focused therapy that addresses trauma in a new way.

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Series Overview

The Surprising & Complex Relationship Between Trauma & Memory 12 Min

In our first session, Dr. Judy simplifies the complex and unexpected relationship between trauma, memory, our ability to self-regulate our behaviors and emotions, and how we react to different stressors in our lives.

Somatic Experiencing 101: Why Physically Processing Trauma Works 11 Min

Dr. Judy breaks down how SE therapy works through a focus on our body’s physiological symptoms—-specifically our “fight, flight, or freeze” response. She explains how this heals a sufferer differently than traditional talk therapy does, and the science behind somatic experiencing.

What a Somatic Experiencing Therapy Session Looks Like (the Method) 18 Min

Dr. Judy walks through a somatic experiencing therapy session, step by step. From psychoeducation, to understanding your physical sensations and how they’re tied to trauma, to tracking your discomfort and why it’s happening, she explains how to utilize your sensations to overcome negative coping mechanisms and let your body process the trauma. She also shares what to do to make those unpleasant sensations more tolerable. She also explains when someone will start reaping the benefits of SE therapy.

How to Find the Right Provider for Somatic Experiencing Therapy 7 Min

Dr. Judy shares resources for finding a somatic experiencing therapist, which specific questions to ask a mental health professional, and the latest research on the effectiveness of SE therapy. She also explains how somatic experiencing works when medication is in the treatment picture.

The Short- and Long-Term Benefits of Somatic Experiencing Therapy 7 Min

Dr. Judy explains when someone in SE therapy will begin feeling control over their symptoms of past trauma and PTSD, and how they can begin to change for the better–emotionally, behaviorally, and physically.

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About the Series

Over half of the population experiences a significant traumatic event in their life, and 1 in 10 of those people go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Unfortunately, most people don’t seek professional interventions for these issues due to the shame and stigma surrounding mental health. On top of that, directly coping with trauma in therapy is a scary thought for many survivors, which further deters them from seeking treatment.

Somatic Experiencing (SE) therapy is a groundbreaking type of therapy that allows survivors to work through their trauma in a more digestible, gradual way. This body-focused therapy helps patients manage and overcome trauma through a focus on nervous system functions and physiological symptoms.

As a triple board-certified neuropsychologist, Dr. Judy Ho understands the impact of trauma on memory, and its relationship with our “fight or flight” response. In this series, she sheds light on how SE therapy uniquely maneuvers these functions of the human body to lead to better mental health outcomes.

She even walks through what a SE therapy session looks like, from start to finish.

Effective trauma treatment looks different for everyone. This cutting-edge approach to trauma may be one you or someone you love can add to your treatment toolbox.

Who is this series for?

Anyone who has experienced trauma or believes they have experienced trauma will discover a potential new tool they can add to their treatment toolbox.

Loved ones and supporters of those who have experienced trauma will not only understand this cutting-edge treatment—they will get a feel for how trauma has impacted the nervous system and the memory of their loved one.

Healthcare professionals will also gain an in-depth understanding of this unique type of therapy, and a better understanding of the impacts and mental health outcomes of trauma.

"This series is what I was looking for when I first joined MedCircle. I love learning about all the possible treatment options out there and somatic experiencing is one of the most fascinating and I believe to be one of the most effective."
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In this series, you’ll discover:

  • The surprising relationship between past trauma, memory, the nervous system, and the ability to self-regulate–and why this relationship is so important to understand
  • How past trauma can affect you on a physiological level–without even realizing it
  • Why physically processing trauma can be so effective, even if the sufferer never talks about the trauma directly
  • Tactical ways to replace negative coping mechanisms for trauma (like substance abuse and overeating) with helpful strategies such as “grounding,” “pendulating,” and building distress tolerance
  • The exact benefits a patient will see and feel after SE therapy, and how long it takes to experience those benefits

“In my own practice, I’ve used somatic experiencing techniques…[and] people love it because it’s tangible, and trauma can feel so intangible...trauma is a big dark cloud above your head, but somatic experiencing allows that person to have tangible contact with that information, but in a less threatening way.”

Triple Board Certified Clinical & Forensic Neuropsychologist, Ph.D.

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