Your heart knows the way, run in that direction. ~Rumi

Somatic Experiencing®

About Somatic Experiencing®

Somatic Experiencing® was developed by Peter Levine. It is a whole body approach that addresses trauma recovery and opens pathways for healing and increased integration. It can be applied to a variety of modalities, such as bodywork,  psychotherapy, coaching, movement and group work.

The practitioner helps guide a person through experiences that engage the body and mind with subtle awareness of sensations, images, emotion and meaning.


Moving gently between perception of tension and openness allows resourcing and balance to occur within the nervous system and body. This begins to address the root causes of symptoms and allows the mind and body to relate in a new and more empowering manner.


The gentle process helps to create increased tolerance and willingness to explore difficult sensations and emotions from past traumatic experiences. The result is often a sense of ease and empowerment with a new understanding or narrative related to the past experiences.

Somatic Experiencing® is used in all areas of Integrative Somatic sessions:

  • psychotherapy (WI only)

  • qigong

  • wellness 

  • embodied healing (table work)

  • coaching & consultation 

  • educational groups & classes

Group Discussion
Group Dance

Christine's Training in SE™

Christine Milovani, LCSW has completed more than three years of training with Somatic Experiencing® International (200+ hours) to become a Certified Provisional Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. The final SEP certification will be awarded when COVID precautions are lifted and the final two day in person touch training can be completed.


Christine is currently assisting with Abi Blakeslee and Joshua Sylvae for Somatic Experiencing® Beginning Level cohorts. Her full training was completed with the following faculty: Raja SelvamLael KeenAbi BlakesleeJoshua Sylvae, and Ariel Giarretto.

Somatic Experiencing® & Trauma Recovery Resources


  • Getting Past Your Past, Francine Shapiro

  • Gifts from a Challenging Childhood, Jan Bergstrom

  • Healing Collective Trauma, Thomas Hubl

  • Healing Developmental Trauma, Laurence Heller and Aline LaPierre

  • Healing Trauma, Peter Levine

  • In an Unspoken Voice, Peter Levine

  • Moving Beyond Trauma, Ilene Smith

  • My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts, Resmaa Menakem

  • Nurturing Resilience, Kathy L. Kain and Stephen J. Terrell

  • Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy, Susan McConnell

  • The Body Keeps The Score, Bessel van der Kolk​

  • The Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

  • The Tao of Trauma, Alaine D. Duncan and Kathy L. Kain

  • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, Peter Levine