SEP? What is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner? Trauma Treatment

SEP? What is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner? Trauma Treatment
Priscilla Elliott, MA, LPC, SEP

This week I had the honor of receiving the new title of Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and can finally put 3 more letters behind my name, SEP. While other trauma informed psychotherapists know what this means, I realize that most of the general public has never heard this term.

The letters SEP mean that a health professional has completed all 216 hours (over the span 3 years) of in class didactic and experiential training to learn this powerful yet gentle trauma treatment method taught directly by faculty of the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute. It also means that the professional has staffed dozens real life cases with Somatic Experiencing (SE) experts individually and in group, to assure the professional is understanding and applying SE with the utmost care, accuracy, and effectiveness. Finally, it means that the professional has sat in the client’s role in the care of a very experienced SEP to learn first hand what it is like to experience and heal from SE.

In the years since beginning my journey to become an SEP I have been consistently amazed by SE’s effectiveness to bring clients relief, joy, trust, and true healing that they had long lost hope was ever possible. It is such a joy and privilege to both live the benefits of this program and witness the progress in my clients every day. While this method was designed to resolve trauma specifically, since it is ground in neuroscience, its function frequently exceeds its original purpose. Everyone has a central nervous system and science continue to explain the role of a unregulated nervous system in many mental and physical conditions.

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Priscilla Elliott is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in south Austin. She owns and provides psychotherapy at Courage Counseling, PLLC. While specializing in helping clients who are struggling with trauma, trichotillomania, and/or skin picking disorder; she also supports many in life transitions, anxiety, and depression. Call now for help: 512-673-3987