In the face of danger, our nervous system is activated for fight/flight. Once the danger has passed, our nervous system is supposed to return to its normal, balanced state. However, when it is overwhelmed, it does not return to a balanced state, but remains stuck on, leading to Post-traumatic Stress (PTS) or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Somatic trauma therapy involves working with both body and mind to restore balance to the nervous system.
Establishing psychological and physical resources and a safe therapeutic relationship is central to somatic trauma therapy. Only when balance has been restored in the nervous system do we begin work on the traumatic experiences. You may even decide that it is not necessary to go there, because your quality of life has already improved significantly.
If you do decide that is something you need to do, this is done by reviewing the events surrounding the trauma (both before and after its occurence), without reliving it. We work with the body to restore body awareness, body acceptance and body integrity.
Somatic trauma therapy can take anywhere from a few sessions to several years. The duration will depend on the nature of the trauma, how old you were when it happened, whether it was an isolated trauma or an ongoing period of trauma, and on your resources and strengths.