Donna Carter, SEP

Perpetually improving your well-being



Sometimes life feels challenging. That's because it is. Life also can feel vibrant and full, when we're thriving.

When life feels like a struggle, there can be many reasons, including stress and trauma. That stress can be from obvious sources such as accidents, surgeries, or abuse. It can originate from less obvious sources such as developmental or relational trauma.

Do you want to increase your sense of well-being, resilience and ability to be more and more fully present and alive in each moment? Through a combination of compassionate (non-violent) communication, mindfulness, and somatic techniques, I help cultivate your body's innate healing capacity, so you feel better and are increasingly better-equipped to meet life's challenges and to thrive.

What is Somatic Experiencing®?

From minor stress, to insomnia to more disruptive afflictions such as relational challenges, anxiety, migraines, panic attacks, phobias and more, stress and trauma can take a toll in ways we may not recognize, but also in ways that we may recognize, but feel helpless to change.

The root of my practice is Somatic Experiencing® or SE® for short. Somatic means body-based. SE® is a body-awareness approach to healing trauma based on more than 40 years of observation, research and hands-on development by Peter Levine, PhD of UC Berkeley. I also have studied the Organic Intelligence™ approach based on the work of Steven Hoskinson. I currently assist trainings run by SE Faculty members Ariel Giarretto and Dave Berger.

Dr. Levine's approach holds that "SE® restores self-regulation, and returns a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness to traumatized individuals who have had these precious gifts taken away." SE®'s premise is that, though routinely stressed, wild pray animals rarely are traumatized. Humans, too, have this innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma by learning to restore the nervous system's innate healthy regulation.

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*ABMP - Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
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