The somatic interweave: Integrating EMDR and somatic experiencing


EMDR practitioners find their sessions include substantial amount of body processing. While EMDR includes body awareness in the protocol, its potential has not yet been fully explored. Somatic Experiencing (SE), developed by Dr. Peter Levine, offers ways to shift traumatic responses frozen in the nervous system. This workshop will explain and incorporate the principles of SE into EMDR treatment protocols; teach using SE as a "somatic interweave" when patients are stuck; and demonstrate how to enhance the safe place and RDI protocols wlth SE. Participants who complete the workshop will be able to apply basic Somatic Experiencing concepts to their EMDR treatment.






Victoria Britt
Nancy J. Napier

Original Work Citation

Britt, V., & Napier, N. J.  (2002, June). The somatic interweave: Integrating EMDR and somatic experiencing. Presentation at the 7th EMDR International Association Conference, San Diego, CA



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