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Throughout the course of building a trusting relationship, Jennifer's hope is that her clients will be able to address the concerns, stressors, or unresolved issues they may be struggling with. These issues may include anger, abuse, resentment, shame, loss, or abandonment. By meeting clients right where they are in the moment, without any expectations, Jennifer has found that weaving these experiential therapies into the process can support clients' sense of connection, healing, and wellness.

SE (Somatic Experiencing)

Somatic Experiencing is a body-awareness approach to trauma being taught throughout the world. It is the result of over forty years of observation, research, and hands-on development by Dr. Peter Levine. Based upon the realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma, Somatic Experiencing has touched the lives of many thousands. SE restores self-regulation, and returns a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness to traumatized individuals who have had these precious gifts taken away. Dr. Levine has applied his work to combat veterans, rape survivors, Holocaust survivors, auto accident and post surgical trauma, chronic pain sufferers, and even to infants after suffering traumatic births. From Foundation for Human Enrichment at www.traumahealing.com.

Therapeutic (SE-based) Touch Therapy

Therapeutic Touch Therapy is a post-graduate teaching that furthers the work of Somatic Experiencing, bringing it to a more immediate, body-oriented level of healing. We are excited by the effectiveness we’re seeing anecdotally.

Based on the work of Kathy L. Kain (Ortho-Bionomy approach) and Peter Levine, PhD (the Originator of Somatic Experiencing), Therapeutic Touch is being taught locally by Steve Terrrell, PsyD, SEP. The work was developed as a way to treat individuals affected by Attachment Disorders and Developmental traumas. Its uses, however, are broadening as a way to help teach the body more quickly how to to drop into neurological regulation. This biologicalregulation, then, is essential to emotional stability.

Work starts with helping the kidneys release and drop the adrenal glands (located on top of each kidney) into more regulated activity, leading to overall neurological regulation. Our adrenal glands are important in helping stress hormones, often built up after a prolonged period of brace, physically wash out of our system. If our adrenals are not functioning well, stress hormones that remain in our bodies can become toxic, leading to a myriad of physical symptoms and health concerns. In trauma, the body often is in a state of high alert, startle or fear more than a non-traumatized system. Kidney/adrenal work helps the body remember how to relax; eventually teaching the body to choose relaxing over bracing. In a concrete way, it looks like this: While the client is lying on a medical table, the Touch practitioner places their hand under the small of the back. The hand does not move for 20 minutes. This is repeated on the opposite side. No further movements occur without discussion with the client, until a plan is in place and full consent occurs. Minors are required to have a parent or other adult in the room with them at all times.

After consistent adrenal regulation is occurring for a client, brain stem holds can regulate the base of the brain. This area is important to stimulate and regulate feelings of well-being and safety, decrease alarm. Further work includes helping ensure that the fascia (a layer just under the skin that holds much emotion) is regulated and calmed. Activated fascia often leads to symptoms of agitation and overwhelm. The Media Steinum layer of fascia, in particular, wraps our chest area (over the heart and lungs) and can cause chest pressure, a creeping sense of fear in its activity or constriction, for example. These are only a few on the many options for intervention to release places of activation or constriction in the body, kept there by fear and neurological habit.

Overall, it is a method that leads to faster relief of stress symptoms by intervening at a physical level. Then, talk therapy can be more effective once the body is more stable. Research shows that our fears, emotions get remembered in our system when we tighten or brace our body, leading to less openness both physically and emotionally. When we change the body’s functioning, then, the mind follows (similar to how when you recover from an illness we are often optimistic and happy). This is truly cutting edge work as currently there are only 23 trained practitioners within a 5 state area!"


Jennifer is also trained in the following modalities.

  • -   EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization, & Reprocessing)
  • -   Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS)
  • -   Guided Imagery / Creative Visualization
  • -   Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • -   Hypnosis
  • -   Mindfulness/Meditation
  • -   Dream Work


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