Origin of Somatic Experiencing: Supporting Our Innate Healing

by: FHE Admin

When a doctor applies a cast and your broken bone heals, is it the doctor or your own body that has done the healing? The answer is one of the keys to the SE® approach.

In this 5-minute video, founder of Somatic Experiencing®, Dr. Peter Levine discusses how he came to create his powerful approach to trauma. As part of his research, he met with military veterans who said they considered trauma an injury rather than a disorder (as in PTSD). The answer to the example of the doctor and the cast? It is our own bodies that are equipped to heal from such an injury.

After more than 40 years of clinical work on trauma, it was findings like these that led Dr. Levine to seek a solution that would “support the innate healing that all human beings exhibit.” Watch the video here:

Origin of Somatic Experiencing® (5:13)

In an Unspoken Voice

P.S. The video starts with a mention of Dr. Levine's latest book, In an Unspoken Voice, which he calls “in many ways a culmination of my life's work.” It is available here, at the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute bookstore.

Rock on Trauma Healers,


Photo by JapanBlack

Comments (3)
  1. felicity fernandes

    I so wish that I could do the SE training in South Africa. It appears that its available in Cape Town SA but not for body workers. So very sad about this and hoping for a way out , a favorable outcome. So I’m putting my wish out there into the big wide open plains. Its bound to gather momentum and return:)

  2. Elushia

    I am looking for any articles that are on the topic of SE and working with people who have had a stroke. I am @ Intermediate I level of my training so haven’t encountered anything yet, if there is information dealing with it in the training. Thank you!

  3. Caroline Born

    I have a condition called Contracture Duypeytrens which is a contraction of the tendons in my hands and feet. On the Contracture Duypeytrens Foundation website, a psychologist describes a client releasing deep emotion from the past and this symptom softened and eased. I have had my contracted hand for 20 years and have worked on it in a myriad of ways with alternative therapies. I have just started working with a body psychotherapist who works with trauma, and feel some hope for reversal of this symptom.
    Does anyone know anyone who has released this symptom through healing previous trauma in their life?
    Thank you.
    Caroline Born.

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