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What is Somatic Experiencing®?

Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE™ approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.

SE™ Approach to Healing

SE™ offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses, and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. It provides effective skills appropriate to a variety of healing professions including mental health, medicine, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, first response, education, and others.


Somatic Experiencing® is a psycho-biological approach to trauma resolution which allows our nervous system to renegotiate traumatic/overwhelming events, and restore incomplete fight/flight/freeze responses.

Our psyche learns from our body.


There is gentle, caring, and effective help now for PTSD, stress disorders, and trauma. Somatic Experiencing® is psycho-biological "body-centered" process with focus on experiencing sensations in little amounts at a time, and restoring stuck or twarted physiological responses to past traumas. It is not just "talk therapy" yet we do talk. You do not have to re-tell any memories if you do not want to.


Call Stephanie Pappas, Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner , Lic.MTh, 908-310-9666 in the Hopewell and Lambertville, NJ, and Washington Crossing, PA for an introductory phone consultation. Sessions are $150 for 90 minutes (sometimes longer if needed), however I offer a sliding scale starting at $50. Your situation and payment options will be considered during our phone consultation.
Stephanie has worked in the bodywork field for over 25 years. She is a licensed massage therapist, yoga teacher/trainer, and author of many books on yoga. Stephanie can integrate Somatic Experiencing® trauma resolution with bodywork and yoga, but each session is unique. We collaborate to completely honor your needs.

Visit the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute Web site here for more information www.traumahealing.org


"I wanted to let you know that I'm doing great and feeling amazing. I'm incredibly motivated and feel like my old self. My focus is back and things are starting to move forward again. Thank-you so much. You've helped me regain my life back. I will never forget this experience.
I called Stephanie to make a Somatic experiencing trauma therapy appointment, and within the first few minutes of our conversation, I felt someone finally understood what I was experiencing. She took her time with me on the phone and really listened.  I had my first session. Her kind and inviting personality, along with the nature-like setting, made me feel instantly relaxed and at ease.
The one thing I noticed with Stephanie that was different than the other talk therapists was that she never tried to make me ‘think’ differently about my experience. I felt completely safe to explain exactly how I felt.
My first session with her was very profound... read more here
" I feel more clear and energized  since I saw you. Decided not to go to parents for Father's Day. I called instead and it was rather difficult. However, I felt centered, remained calm, held my ground and was not rocked by my dad's uncooperative behavior. Also,... " - Love, C.M. read more here...

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