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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 three years of training with Somatic Experiencing International to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and continues her learning and mentoring as a teaching assistant for SEI trainings.  

Assisted at Somatic Experiencing trainings with the following faculty: 

Abi Blakeslee, Maureen Gallagher, Shideh Lennon, Lael Keen, Berns Galloway 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 level.

Completed Eye of the Needle / Advanced SE training with Peter Levine regarding medical trauma and Near Death Experiences.

Somatic Experiencing & Trauma Recovery Resources:

Amplifying BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ authors and voices:


  • 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

  • Getting Past Your Past, Francine Shapiro

  • Divergent Mind, Jenara Nerenberg

  • 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

  • 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

  • Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection, Deb Dana

  • The Heart of Trauma, Bonnie Badenoch

  • 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

  • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, Peter Levine

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