Jacqueline Gautier

Jacqueline Gautier & Associates Counselling
Professional Counselling, Consultation and Educational Clinic

Trauma

Jacqueline GautierJacqueline Gautier, M.A., R.C.C., E.X.A., S.E.P. is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in the province of British Columbia and has a 3-year professional practitioner certification (S.E.P.) in Trauma from the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute.   She receives regular supervision from an approved SE Consultant, and assists at SE trainings.



Trauma and the Science Behind Somatic Experiencing (SE)

Somatic Experiencing® (SE) is a short-term naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine and is supported by years of research.  The word “trauma” in this sense covers a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms that result from the effect of accumulated stress on the human physiology.  SE is based upon the observation that wild prey animals, though threatened routinely, are rarely traumatized.  Animals in the wild utilize innate mechanisms to regulate and discharge the high levels of energy arousal associated with defensive survival behaviors.  These mechanisms provide animals with a built-in “immunity” to trauma that enables them to return to normal in the aftermath of highly “charged” life-threatening experiences.

SE supports individuals in completing basic fight, flight, and freeze response patterns that remain inhibited after stressful or traumatic experiences.  The completion of these response patterns can bring a greater capacity for self-regulation as well as an increased sense of social engagement, well-being, and integration.  Even though SE primarily targets issues of trauma, it is also seen as an effective way of supporting individuals interested in expanding their ability to authentically be in the world.  People often report feelings of greater ease physically, psychologically and spiritually.

  • SE employs awareness of body sensation to help people “renegotiate” and heal rather than re-live or re-enact trauma
  • SE’s guidance of the bodily “felt sense,” allows the highly aroused survival energies to be safely experienced and gradually discharged
  • SE may employ non-threatening touch in support of the renegotiation process
  • SE “titrates” experience (breaks it down into small incremental steps), rather than evoking catharsis, which can overwhelm the regulatory mechanisms of the person

SE has been recognized as an effective modality when working with clients who suffer from sexual trauma from childhood/adulthood (rape, incest, molestation), assault, depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, panic attacks and mood disorders, relationship problems, chronic illness, grief and sudden loss, addictive behaviors, unconscious developmental/attachment trauma, car accidents, falls, and other forms of shock trauma.

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