What is Somatic Experiencing?

Somatic Experiencing is a therapy that helps to relieve and resolve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on the client’s perceived body sensations (or somatic experiences).

Somatic Experiencing was introduced in Dr. Peter Levine's 1997 book Waking the Tiger. In it, he discusses at length his observations of animals in the wild, and how they deal with and recover from life-threatening situations.

in 1996, Catalina Ureta was among the first certified under Dr. Levine to become a Supervisor/Trainer of Somatic Experiencing Practitioners.

  • — Catalina: Thank you again for the AMAZING session! It was absolutely life-changing in such a positive way- Thank you- Thank you. I appreciate your incredible gifts, your support and love. I feel so much lighter and grateful. Michelle 1-25-2017

  • — Catalina: Thank you for the healing. that was so powerful. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Idan 12-27-2016

  • — Catalina : Thanks for a wonderful session yesterday. I feel like I’m gradually healing and getting back on track. Stephen 1-6-2017

  • — Catalina: I wanted to thank you for all of the amazing work with me yesterday. It was life changing and it feels so great to be back and connected with my body. I couldn’t ask for a better way to start of 2017. Thank for all you do. Nicole 12-28-2016

  • — Catalina : A small thanks for all your work and healing. You have helped reopen my heart. I’am eternally grateful ” Theresa

  • Trauma does not have to be a life sentence.

  • As human beings, we are biologically designed to respond to and recover from threat

  • The Holding Points Process is a transformative healing modality

Holding Points Process

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An ancient art rediscovered

The Points Holding Process is thought to be an ancient art rediscovered that facilitates healing and consciousness. P.H.P. practitioners hold pressure points on the body for extended periods of time in a way that allows these buried emotions to become awakened. Many report, “finding the inner joy of re-connecting with their inner self” and “seeing [...]

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Techniques that release trapped emotions

Catalina Ureta was born in Chile in the shadow of the magical Andes mountains. After years of spiritual study in Chile, she courageously moved to the United States in 1975 to continue her spiritual and healing work. A certified Kinesiologist and Cranial Sacral worker, Catalina has trained in multiple healing modalities including, the “Energetic Clearing [...]

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Holding Points Process

What is Points Holding Process? Events happen in life that may seem trivial to others but are traumatic to us. They take us out of our natural way of being and leave behind a host of unexpressed emotions and sensations that are too overwhelming to feel. These unprocessed emotions then become locked in the energetic [...]

Somatic Institute

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    Successful treatment of anxiety and post-traumatic stress

    Healing trauma through Somatic Experiencing Somatic Experiencing has been developed by Peter Levine, Ph.D., the founder and director of the Ergos Institute for Somatic Education. Somatic Experiencing is a cutting- edge psychobiological approach the successful treatment of anxiety and post-traumatic stress (PTS). In Somatic Experiencing, PTSD symptoms are not seen as a pathology to be [...]

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    Somatic experiencing employs the awareness of body sensation

    Somatic experiencing employs the awareness of body sensation to help people renegotiate and heal their traumas rather than relive them. With appropriate guidance into the body’s instinctive “felt sense,” individuals are able to access their own built-in immunity to trauma, allowing the highly aroused survival energies to be safely and gradually discharged. When these energies [...]

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    Welcome to the Somatic Institute

    Somatic Institute is a resource for Somatic Experiencing Practitioners, here you can sign up for continued training and certification. The Somatic Institute additionally offers a worldwide database of Somatic Practitioners to help you find a Practitioner near you.         If you would like to take part in our next Practitioners Training please [...]