Somatic Experiencing Touch® with Charles Stacey, MA, LMFT

If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, dealing with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) whether diagnosed or suspected, chronic pain including fibromyalgia; chronic digestive issues including IBS, diarrhea, constipation, or stomach/gut cramping; joint or muscle pain; head, neck or ear aches; changes in hearing or vision and difficulty sleeping or with appetite; changes in concentration and memory.

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What is Somatic Experiencing Touch?

So, you notice areas of your life that are uncomfortable or where you notice something is different and it’s not for the better. You don’t believe you need or want “therapy” and you are afraid “this” can’t possibly change. There’s hope. The solution is not necessarily in figuring out “why” or in doing personal “archeology” but very well may be found in supportive touch. This isn’t massage therapy nor any other approach that adjusts or manipulates your spine or muscles or your skeletal system. It is a way of connecting to the “organic intelligence” of your body and regulating your system from the bottom up and the inside out.

“Touch is the base of our sensory world; it is the first way we learn to relate with others and ourselves.”

— Michael Changaris, PsyD.

Using Somatic Experiencing Touch® there is a way to regulate the nervous system regardless of the reasons your autonomic nervous system is dysregulated. While this approached can be used as part of formal psychotherapy it can be applied in a manner that is simply helpful in promoting change. We can visit about the specifics of your needs and determine if formal therapy or informal “helping” is appropriate. I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Farmington, NM, and I can do both based on your specific needs and desires. So, what does SE Touch look like? After determining that this is the approach you want to use typically you would lie face up and fully clothed on a massage table then using mindfulness employ a body scan and let me know of awareness in your body that may be either comfortable, uncomfortable or neutral. Since a discomfort is what usually has brought you requesting help if your first awareness is for discomfort I’ll then “suggest” you explore for where you feel “OK” or “as uncomfortable as you are able to feel now”. Then with your permission I will slip my hands to support that area of “coherence” and we simply then share our mindful awareness and notice change and then respond to shifting the supportive touch to enhance the positive changes you experience. Any shift or change in the position or nature of the touch is done with permission and the focus is always on enhancing the comfort and supporting the strengthening of the nervous system. Most of my clients report increased relaxation, easing of pain and clarity of mind. This way of working with the nervous system is typically done over time with the length of time the changes are sustained after the session extending and eventually becoming permanent. While the increase in comfort in the session is appreciated, the goal is long term shifts and strengthening of the autonomic nervous system at a brain/body level. Contact me, Charles, and I will look forward to answering your questions.

Is Somatic Touch Right for You?

If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, dealing with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) whether diagnosed or suspected, chronic pain including fibromyalgia; chronic digestive issues including IBS, diarrhea, constipation, or stomach/gut cramping; joint or muscle pain; head, neck or ear aches; changes in hearing or vision and difficulty sleeping or with appetite; changes in concentration and memory.  It is important to have a complete medical exploration of any physical or emotional symptoms.  Whether the physicians can explain the symptoms or not we can then work with increasing or restoring comfort.