Isabelle Shook LPC | Therapist

Somatic Experiencing®

What is Somatic Experiencing®?

Somatic Experiencing® is a body and mind-focused therapeutic technique that acknowledges how traumatic experiences can get stuck in the body and interfere with the nervous system’s normal self-regulatory processes. Somatic Experiencing® seeks to release and renegotiate these unresolved traumatic patterns by focusing on bodily sensations through gentle guidance and mindful awareness.

Somatic Experiencing® provides individuals with the necessary resources to heal and recover from the impacts of traumatic events stored in the body’s nervous system through a body-centered, scientific-based approach to trauma resolution.

What Sets Somatic Experiencing® Apart Other Approaches?

So, what sets somatic experience® therapy apart from other traditional therapy approaches? Well, here are some of the things that set it apart from other therapeutic approaches:

Body-Oriented Approach

Somatic Experiencing® acknowledges the essential role that the body plays in recovering from trauma. It places a strong emphasis on bodily sensations, emotions, and physiological reactions in order to help individuals control their nervous systems and release tension from past trauma. Additionally, it enables you to become more conscious of your body. You’ll discover how to identify your tension points and develop techniques for calming anxious thoughts and uncomfortable feelings.


Pendulation is a technique used in somatic experiencing® that involves gradually switching from focusing on safe feelings to exploring uncomfortable or overwhelming experiences. This transition from the “felt sense” of safety to activation helps in the restoration of balance and guards against retraumatization.

Your therapist will help you transition from a comfortable state to one that resembles your traumatic event. You can do this numerous times, which will help you let go of any stored-up tension. As time goes on, you’ll gradually learn how to calm yourself on your own.


Somatic Experiencing® incorporates titration because it acknowledges the value of time and progressive growth. By dividing up challenging scenarios into smaller, more manageable chunks, this technique enables individuals to digest difficult events at a speed that feels secure and comfortable.

The therapist walks you through a difficult experience using this technique. As you recount the event, you’ll be asked to pay attention to any changes in your body that take place.


Somatic Experiencing® places a high priority on improving resilience and developing internal resources. In order to successfully navigate the healing process, therapists help individuals recognize and harness their own resources, such as coping mechanisms and supportive relationships.

This involves reflecting back on the things in your life—like your relationships or even a happy memory—that gives you a sense of security, which can serve as an emotional anchor.

Our Commitment to Exceptional Somatic Experiencing® Services

Our goal at Isabelle Shook LPC is to support your healing process by offering outstanding somatic experience® services. We are here to help you, whether you’re looking for healing from trauma, symptom relief from stress, or assistance with emotional difficulties.

We provide private, discreet sessions that are specialized to your particular needs thanks to our knowledge of somatic experience®. We want to provide you with a secure and encouraging environment so that you can rebuild your nervous system’s resilience and balance.

Join us as we explore the transforming potential of somatic experience®. To start on a journey of healing and development and recover a stronger sense of vitality and connection, get in touch with us right away.


Somatic Experiencing® is not an appropriate platform for crisis interventions. If you need immediate help for any reason, please call 911, visit your nearest emergency room or call the 24/7 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.