Somatic Experiencing Therapy
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Mental Health and Wellness

Somatic Experiencing Therapy (SE)

Somatic experiencing therapy (SE) is a therapeutic modality designed to adjust and strengthen the mind-body connection, alleviating physical, mental, and emotional suffering. SE is often used to help those who have suffered from trauma, but can also be used to help people with anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. Through SE, people struggling with a variety of mental health disorders can find relief from their symptoms, address distressing emotions, and build a foundation for lasting psychological wellness.

The Somatic Theory of Trauma

Somatic experiencing therapy comes from the theory that trauma can leave unsettled energy in the body. For a person to heal from trauma, they must release this energy. An animal, for instance, may begin shaking, twitching, or heavy-breathing after experiencing a traumatic event; this is a physical reaction designed to balance the autonomic nervous system, releasing trapped energy and restoring the mind-body connection to what it was before the trauma.

Humans have these same physical reactions to heal from distressing experiences. However, when trauma is particularly severe, these physical healing mechanisms can be disrupted, particularly if a person is unable to fully express their emotions about what they have experienced. When this happens, the autonomic nervous system remains imbalanced, which traps the energy and keeps the body in its distressed state. Left untreated, this imbalance can lead to both physical and emotional symptoms that hinder normal functioning.

Regaining Balance at Solara Health

Somatic experiencing therapy strives to help clients release this trapped energy and regain thus regain emotional and physical balance. At Solara Health, our experienced SE therapists help clients move towards these goals first with supportive discussion to help clients recognize their physical responses to stressors and how those responses affect their emotions and behavior. Clients will also work through physical exercises designed to release trapped energy, face unaddressed emotions, and restore autonomic balance to promote healing. With SE, clients can have a more complete treatment experience, helping them progress towards balance and recovery.

For more information about somatic experiencing therapy, or about other treatments offered at Solara Health, please contact us.

What Our Clients Say


The Solara program is truly amazing. I’ve never had more clarity or more good energy in my entire life. The attention the physicians and the therapists gave me was outstanding. I feel like they truly understood and addressed my issues, which had consumed my life for years. Thank you all.


We are so grateful to you for the treatment and care you provided our daughter. She is doing unbelievably well now thanks to your program. We will gladly tell anyone we encounter that needs treatment about the wonderful work you do at Solara.

Watson Family

Solara’s program was such a positive experience for our mom (and for us)! She had become almost impossible to deal with. Your entire staff was phenomenally supportive and kind and patient with her. We feel like we’ve got our mom back, now.

Michelle Family

I want to thank you and the entire staff and support system at Solara for taking such good care of my sister. On behalf of my entire family, we want you all to understand that your patience and kindness stretches further than you can see… Thank you, again and again, from the bottom of my heart.


The therapists and counselors and really whole team were extremely beneficial to me and my understanding of my issues. The treatment plan they developed was exactly what I needed


The program has given me the tools I needed to really gain stability. For the first time in years - maybe for as long as I can remember, actually, I’m learning how to cope and manage my stressors and triggers. I now believe that I can find some relief and happiness.


Solara was truly a life-changing experience for me and for our children, because of what you did for my wife! The treatment team was phenomenally supportive and perfect for helping her with her anxiety and depression. We are all now moving forward to put our lives back together and it started with you all in Pacific Beach. Thank you for what you do.


The Solara Treatment Program was a life-changing experience for me. To be able to heal in such a beautiful, peaceful environment, with such a terrific treatment team, was so amazingly positive. I have found my true self, again. I thank you and my family thanks you for helping me become the person I was meant to be.


Even though I’m not religious, I realized when I got sober that for the first time in my life I wanted to explore my spiritual side. I benefited hugely from the individual spiritual sessions that I had with Chris. I’m really grateful for that aspect of the whole treatment experience.


I have never felt better than I do now, since completing your program. The truly caring and supportive staff and the intensive program changed my life. What a neat place to stay for treatment - I love Pacific Beach! I have learned skills and behavior to move forward with my life thanks to you.
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