Trauma is a highly underestimated cause of numerous psychological and physical symptoms. The effects of trauma from past experiences is well documented in research. The effects can range from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, sleeping problems, difficulties in concentration, feelings of estrangement, dissociation, chronic pain, fatigue, attachment disorders and burnout, just to name a few. The treatment of physical and emotional trauma (accidents, sexual and emotional abuse, violence, torture, loss) requires a careful and specialized approach, beyond conventional talk therapy. This is why Somatic Experiencing and EMDR are indispensible.


Traumatherapy with EMDR and Somatic EMDR

With this method, the left and right halves of the brain are alternately stimulated (bilateral stimulation), resulting in a synchronization of both halves of the brain. This is accomplished through certain guided eye movements, audible signals and/or tactile stimulation. The result is the gradual processing of the trauma which often leads to its complete resolution. The memories of painful traumatic events are not deleted but processed in such a way that they end up being merely neutral information.

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing
Developed by Peter Levine

Somatic Experiencing, developed by Peter Levine, takes into account the reactions in the body and nervous system that occur during a threatening or traumatic event. The underlying biological mechanisms are based on behavioral observations in the animal world. These go back to the hunter-prey behavior, an initial stimulus-response cycle with three basic options: fight, flight or freeze (playing dead) reflexes.