SomEx SM

A Somatic Experiential intervention to treat trauma and addiction. 

The Experiential Healing Center offers a training program in SomExSM: A Somatic Experiential intervention to treat trauma and addiction. Certification is offered to counseling professionals, but the training is open to anyone wanting to enhance their practice with a deeper understanding of the neurophysiology of trauma, emotion, and self-regulation. Some of the professions we have worked with are massage therapists, speech therapists, alcohol and drug counselors, physicians and, of course, psychotherapists.  A professional can participate in one module, or attend all four modules and participate in supervision for certification.

Created by Kent Fisher and Michelle Rappaport, this modality uses an inter-relational model of somatic awareness and experiential techniques.  It is highly effective in working with chemical and process addictions, trauma, and attachment disorders, with an emphasis on emotional regulation. This four-module training is designed to give therapists the tools to transform the nervous system around issues of trauma.  Participants will:
 

  • Develop a working knowledge of the neurobiological aspects of trauma on the body.

  • Practice Emotional Regulation techniques. 

  • Practice Experiential techniques to help uncouple the freeze in traumatized individuals.   

  • Learn interventions for harmony and repair around core attachment wounds.  

Cost: $595 each module

 

Experiential Healing Center has been approved by NBCC as an approved Continuing Education Provider.   ACEP #6608 programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.   Experiential Healing Cetner is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  
 

 

SomEx SM

A Somatic Experiential intervention to treat trauma and addiction. 

When Kent Fisher and Michelle Rappaport founded the Experiential Healing Center, they were extensively trained and highly skilled experiential therapists, using psychodrama and other action-oriented techniques to help clients access feelings and develop choice making about how they react and repair. 

They certified in Somatic Transformation and began to incorporate the somatic techniques to help clients oscillate within their Optimal Arousal Zone in order to touch the edges of their activation and collapse. They began to see that the two schools of thought were not only mutually supportive, but also nearly seamless in their execution, and SomExSM was born.

We don't wound alone and we certainly don't heal alone. SomExSM--a Somatic Experiential intervention to treat trauma and addiction--honors this process, connecting the left-brain hemisphere of rationalization , reasoning and meaning-making to the right hemisphere's capacity for social engagement and emotional processing.  It facilitates the repair of disorganized and insecure attachments of our childhood through somatic engagement and builds resiliency so clients are able to rediscover the Self that lives within all of us--playful, passionate, unashamed, unafraid, eager to learn and grow. At EHC we believe this is the difference between therapy and counseling. Therapy is a co-regulated process where therapist and client embark on a journey to recover and repair the Authentic Self.

 

SomExSM training will give you a deepened understanding of the neurobiological aspects of trauma, disordered attachment and addiction. It will equip you with a valuable set of skills to facilitate repair and regulation in your clients--allowing them to explore life in the Optimal Arousal Zone known to us here at the Experiential Healing Center as Emotional Harmony.

 
 

2019 Calendar

All Modules held in Memphis unless otherwise noted.

Oct 4-6

Nov 8-10

SomExSM Mod I (in Nashville)

SomExSM Module III

                     

Experiential Healing Center has been approved by NBCC as an approved Continuing Education Provider.   ACEP #6608 programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.   Experiential Healing Cetner is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  

 
 
 

SomExSM:Why the name change?

When we chose the name for our therapeutic modality a few years ago, we felt that Somatic Experiential Therapy was the best descriptive title. We combine our expertise in Experiential Therapy with our extensive training in Somatic Transformation to provide a unique approach to treating both trauma and addiction, using the vividness of props and movement (Experiential) with attentiveness to bodily sensations (Somatic). Thus, Somatic Experiential Therapy.


In June of 2015, it came to our attention that Somatic Experiential Therapy was being confused with Peter Levine's approach known as Somatic Experiencing. In order to preserve the integrity of our combined Somatic and Experiential methods while avoiding the confusion, we chose the fanciful name SomEx(sm): A Somatic Experiential intervention to treat trauma and addiction.


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