Somatic Experiencing


“Somatic Experiencing”


Greetings everyone! I hope you are enjoying the rest of the summer and savoring every moment of the time we have left of the season.

Some of you know that I have begun a journey for another credential which will take 3 years to complete. The SEP (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner) is what I will have after studying 3 years at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. If you want to learn more about it, you can read Peter Levine’s books, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma and In An Unspoken Voice, How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores to Goodness.

This past weekend, I attended a four day intensive which dove right into the exercises and lessons. The most profound work was in completing the fight, flight, or freeze response and discovering where my boundaries begin and end and where they have been ruptured. There is too much to put into words about this amazing work that discovers where you are holding onto trauma in your body and how to release it. I encourage you to come in for a session to experience it for yourself.

As you know from previous emails, Pamela Tinkham LLC is the union of Mind and Body. For the past two and a half years, I have been incorporating Somatic Experiencing into my sessions under the supervision and mentoring of Mariana Caplan (SEP), author of Eyes Wide Open, Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path. Since working with Mariana’s Yoga and Psyche Method and Somatic Experiencing, my psychotherapy sessions have been more grounded and have been able to go deeper. I have found with this method that issues that would have taken years in therapy to resolve, can be resolved in as little as one session.

I was brave enough and lucky enough to be chosen as a volunteer this weekend to be an example for the class to observe. I chose an event from 9/11 that I was present for that had still been stuck in my body. We worked on the fight response that I never got to complete and spent about 25 minutes on this particular issue. I was able to complete the fight response which allowed my nervous system to return to homeostasis. I still have many layers related to that event to work on due to the magnitude of how horrific that day was. However, I came back home with more clarity, presence and peace just from that one session. That’s how well this works.

If you have more questions or would like to come in for a free half hour consultation, please reply to this email or call (203) 979-7819. Till then, I leave you with this anonymous quote:

“The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they do not wish to see anyone else suffer the way they do.”


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