Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing

If you’re stuck in life or suffering from chronic pain and health conditions, it might be due to unprocessed trauma. Therapist Kathy Murray provides Somatic Experiencing to residents throughout North Carolina.

Quick Guide to Somatic Experiencing

Most people have dealt with some form of trauma in their lives, whether it was bullying in school, failed relationships, loss of a loved one, abuse, or something else entirely. Often, the mind seems to get past the traumatic event, so people feel like they are fine. Unfortunately, this is often not the case, as the body remembers. In this guide, therapist Kathy Murray explains how trauma impacts the body and how Somatic Experiencing can help the residents of North Carolina.

Trauma and the Body

The human body is amazing, with various processes in place to ensure our health and well-being. One of these processes includes the nervous system sending specific signals between the brain and body when we are facing some sort of danger so that we act accordingly.

Unfortunately, trauma tends to keep the nervous system on high alert, which can lead to various physical and mental symptoms. These include but are not limited to:

  • Feeling anxious constantly
  • Getting overwhelmed easily
  • Feeling tightness in the chest
  • Avoidance
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Muscle tension
  • Depression
  • Memory problems
  • Dissociation

Some people deal with these physical symptoms consistently. Others might only experience them after experiencing a certain trigger, such as a sound or smell.

What Is Somatic Experiencing and How Can It Help?

Somatic experiencing involves several steps to help you release unprocessed trauma from the body. It begins by helping you become aware of the various sensations in different parts of the body and learning which sensations are connected to stress.

You then learn to focus on something more positive. By becoming aware of these sensations and the stress behind them, as well as focusing on more positive things, you’ll begin to feel a natural decrease in the symptoms plaguing your body.

Learn more about Somatic Experiencing and how it can help you by calling (976) 423-6776 to schedule an online appointment in North Carolina with Kathy Murray.