VIDEO: Peter Levine on Trauma Treatment's "Greatest Tool"

Tapping into the Power of the Body

Peter Levine

What does it mean to be traumatized? And what does it look like when someone gets triggered? According to trauma expert Peter Levine, acclaimed author of Waking the Tiger, trauma lives on in the body even after the traumatic event has passed.

In this brief video clip, Levine explains why investigating the root cause of trauma isn't necessarily a prerequisite for healing. Instead, it's important for clients to temporarily put aside their triggering event and listen to how their body reacts to it.

Peter A. Levine, PhD, is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing and the Director of The Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. He's also the author the author of the best-selling book Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, which has been published in over twenty languages.

According to Levine, since trauma has such a strong biological connection, the body acts as one of the therapist’s most valuable resources. “Trauma is encoded in the brain stem, the thalamus, the limbic system, and the hypothalamus,” Levine says. “And the language of that part of the brain is bodily sensation. To investigate trauma, we have to be able to talk in that language, to guide the person in that language.”


Did you enjoy this video? You might also be interested in our magazine issue, Treating Trauma: What Are We Missing?, which includes articles from Mary Jo Barrett, Noel Larson, Janina Fisher, and many more!

Also, don't miss Levine's new Master Class, Somatic Experiencing: Step by Step. Learn proven techniques for trauma and stress disorders from Levine himself through powerful in-session videos and in-depth therapist-to-therapist conversations. Click here for registration details and save!

Topic: Trauma | Brain Science & Psychotherapy | Mind/Body

Tags: conditioning | limbic system | survivors | therapist | therapists | trauma treatment | traumatic | body mind | brain | brain science | somatic experiencing

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