Somatic Experiencing in Los Angeles
Felicia Samata Mihich, S.E.P, C.M.T. is a Los Angeles based Somatic Experiencing Practitioner specializing in S.E. Touch Therapy.
Somatic Experiencing is a unique therapy that can help relieve pain and anxiety, and restores your sense of presence and curiosity for life. It supports your ability to connect, encourages integrated emotional stability, relaxed alertness, which result in sustained feelings of a grounded embodiment.
Somatic Experiencing is a mind/body approach that honors the dynamic interrelation between all the parts that make up a whole person. It encourages awareness and healing on every level including physical, mental, and emotional.
Somatic Experiencing therapy is effective in supporting us in overcoming the effects of accumulated stress from life.
It also can help with the after effects of trauma and traumatic injury. Whether injuries are physical or emotional – neuroscience has shown that supporting the nervous system can help us recover and release the “charge” and patterns that the nervous system is holding as a result of these past experiences.
Stress, fatigue, anxiety, fear, depression, pain, dissociation, loss of a sense of self and loss of connection to your body can all be symptoms of accumulated stress or trauma.
Healing through S.E.
Somatic Experiencing treatment can lead to a resolution of trauma-related symptoms by:
- Healing trauma and injury held in the body
- Re-establishing a sense of safety by repairing breached boundaries
- Developing somatic mindfulness and present-moment awareness
- Creating conditions of safety so the nervous system may return to a regulated state
- Attuning a person to their own organic intelligence and innate capacity to heal
How I Work
Somatic Experiencing is done both through talk (as in psychotherapy) and touch (as in bodywork). The client’s attention is brought to exploring their present moment with a relaxed curiosity. Taking in the environment around them, and noticing how their body responds, this leads to invitations into tracking and noticing sensations within their body.
This process of unfolding awareness and sensing within and without, can lead to a renegotiation of accumulated stress and traumatic experiences from the past that have been in a sense “stored in the body”. This has a profound effect on one’s ability to heal.
My practice specializes in SE Touch Therapy, which is a gentle hands-on approach to releasing trauma, which changes stress chemistry and promotes a deep state of relaxation, well being and connection to self.
In addition to providing Somatic Experiencing Therapy in my practice, I am a facilitator for the national S.E. training programs held in Los Angeles and have hosted Somatic Experiencing trainings and workshops for the last 8 years.
Please Contact me to set up an appointment at my West Los Angeles office, which is conveniently located by Olympic Blvd and Beverly Glen Blvd, near the 405 freeway.
How Somatic Experiencing Was Developed
Wild animals are consistently able to return to normal after traumatic experiences and rarely develop adverse side effects like humans.
Dr. Peter Levine, the founder of Somatic Experiencing developed this modality by looking to the wisdom inherent in nature by observing the behaviors of animals in the wild. He wanted to understand how animals so easily recovered after their traumas and why humans store traumatic experience.
Somatic Experiencing, with over 40 years of research and development, is an effective alternative health care modality practiced throughout the world and has paved a way for those who suffer from trauma to find relief and a return to wholeness.
A Comparison with Other Techniques
Psychotherapy: Somatic Experiencing is a great adjunct to Psychotherapy, as it invites clients to include the experience inside their body as it relates to the story. This encourages a sense of embodiment and steers clients away from re-traumatizing themselves through the retelling of their story over and over again.
Bodywork: Somatic Experiencing can be likened more to Craniosacral Therapy in that it is a non-manipulative approach, where a “listening” touch is utilized as opposed to manual manipulations. This kind of supportive touch encourages the body’s innate healing capacity and promotes embodied awareness of ones Self.
Health Care: Our modern western medical system is unfortunately not fully equipped with the sensitivity and tools needed to heal trauma. Often the well-intended and life-saving techniques of the Western medical model inflict additional trauma that later has to be resolved. Somatic Experiencing therapy during or after medical treatment can provide more comprehensive healing.
Conditions Treated through Somatic Experiencing
Somatic Experiencing Therapy is used to help individuals overcome both somatic injuries and emotional trauma including:
- Auto-immune disease
- Boundary ruptures
- Car accidents
- Chronic, difficult to treat pain related symptoms
- Chronic Diseases
- Domestic abuse
- Endocrine system imbalances
- Holistic Aftercare
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Pain management
- Pre and post surgery
- Relationship issues
- Reproductive issues
- Sexual abuse
- Shock trauma