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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, behaviors, movement, 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 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, SEP, has completed three years of training with Somatic Experiencing® International to become a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner.


Christine has assisted at Somatic Experiencing® trainings with faculty Abi Blakeslee, Joshua Sylvae, Maureen Gallagher, Lael Keen, and Berns Galloway. Her own SE training was completed with the following faculty: Abi Blakeslee, Raja SelvamLael KeenJoshua Sylvae, and Ariel Giarretto. She has also taken the Eye of the Needle training with Peter Levine regarding medical trauma and Near Death Experiences.

**Christine is an approved SE Student Session Provider for:

-Personal SE Sessions at the Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels.

-Individual SE Consultation Sessions at the Beginning level.

Somatic Experiencing® & Trauma Recovery Resources


  • Body Encyclopedia, Marcher Fich

  • Call of the Wild, Kimberly Ann Johnson

  • 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 Mind-Body Stress Reset, Rebekkah LaDyne, MS, SEP

  • The Post-Traumatic Growth Guidebook, Arielle Schwartz, PhD

  • The Practice of Embodying Emotions, Raja Selvam, PhD

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

  • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, Peter Levine

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