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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

Somatic Experiencing Training & Experience:

Christine Milovani, LCSW, SEP, has completed the initial training with Somatic Experiencing International, and continues her own learning and mentoring as a teaching assistant for SEI trainings, including being a Lead Assistant for Maureen Gallagher, PhD.

She has assisted at Somatic Experiencing trainings with the following faculty: 

Abi Blakeslee, Maureen Gallagher, Berns Galloway, Lael Keen, Shideh Lennon, Raja Selvam and Joshua Sylvae.  

Christine is an approved SE Student Session Provider for:

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

  • Individual SE Consultation Sessions at the Beginning and Intermediate levels.

Completed Eye of the Needle / Advanced SE training with Peter Levine regarding medical trauma and Near Death Experiences. Video training for Concussions and PTSD with Dave Berger. 

Somatic Experiencing & Trauma Recovery Resources:


  • Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining Our Future, PattKrawec

  • Being a Brain-Wise Therapist, Bonnie Badenoch

  • Body Encyclopedia, Marcher Fich

  • Call of the Wild, Kimberly Ann Johnson

  • Divergent Mind, Jenara Nerenberg

  • Eastern Body Western Mind, Anodea Judith

  • 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 the Soul WoundEduardo Duran

  • Healing Trauma, Peter Levine

  • In an Unspoken Voice, Peter Levine

  • Liberated to the Bone, Susan Raffo

  • 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

  • Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection, Deb Dana

  • 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 Heart of Trauma, Bonnie Badenoch

  • 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 Seven Circles: Indigenous Teachings for Living Well, Chelsey Luger & Thosh Collins

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

  • Trauma and Memory, Peter Levine

  • Unmasking Autism, Devon Price

  • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, Peter Levine

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