VIDEO: Peter Levine's Somatic Tools for Self-Soothing

Creating a Path to Client Independence

Peter Levine

Often, traumatized clients find that they become dependent on their therapists to help them handle their extreme emotional states. But according to Peter Levine, originator of Somatic Experiencing Therapy, the key to helping clients achieve more autonomy is giving them tools that enable them to better regulate their own body states.

Watch as Levine demonstrates a body awareness technique that includes loud, vibrating deep breaths to help clients minimize anxiety and self-soothe.

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.

“The shutting down, collapsing response in trauma is associated with high vagal activity,” Levine says, referring to the vagus nerve that connects the brainstem with the heart. “This exercise shifts the messages that the gut is sending to the brain. It’s similar to a lighthouse making sounds to guide boats to safe harbor.”


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Topic: Trauma | Anxiety/Depression

Tags: emotion | somatic experiencing | somatic experiencing therapy | TED | therapist | therapists | therapy | trauma treatment | traumatized | traumatized clients

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Sunday, December 2, 2018 2:41:11 AM | posted by Jenny Dickson
Is it possible to hear the remainder of this video clip on somatic tools?

Friday, November 7, 2014 9:16:19 AM | posted by audef
I agree with Barbara

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 2:47:29 AM | posted by Barbara
As others have said, this might be good advertising...getting people hooked on something you don't show them. It is called 'bait and switch' in the sales business. But it is unethical in our profession. It causes me to distrust your company. So I would advise your remedying this and supplying the video clip you advertised this to be!

Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:36:15 PM | posted by Reisha Forshpan
Will you send out an email with the version of the video where Peter Levine is demonstrating the technique

Saturday, October 25, 2014 5:44:03 PM | posted by Katharyn
Ooops. That second excerpt doesn't provide the breathing example either!
PN! Can you provide what you offered??

Saturday, October 25, 2014 5:39:48 PM | posted by Katharyn
Since this hasn't been corrected: YOU CAN find this by going to youtube and searching on "trauma: peter levine: excerpt" .... You'll see both excerpts.

Friday, October 24, 2014 10:26:57 AM | posted by Lynne Clifton
It's disappointing & frustrating that the video does not match the lead-in narrative. Please correct this.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:10:52 PM | posted by Catherine Brown
You promise that in this video clip is a demonstration of a body awareness technique that includes loud vibrating breaths -- and it is not included in the video. Please remedy this. Thanks

Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:47:32 PM | posted by elisabethg
I too was looking forward to the demonstration and hope that PN adds the link to it as they described!

Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:35:56 PM | posted by Corina Rose
I was looking forward to Peter Levine demonstrate his technique but the clip does not show it