You work with people who have gone through trauma. How do you define trauma and how does one know if they’ve been through a traumatic experience?
When we think about trauma in our lives, we often refer to an event: a burglary, the unexpected death of a parent, an accident that left us injured. But Peter Levine, Ph.D., the founder of Somatic Experiencing, has a different perspective. He maintains that trauma is not an event, but the energy that gets locked in your body around real or perceived threat.
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