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Two Simple Techniques Your Patients Can Use to Feel Safe (Even When They Are Not in Your Office)

 


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  1. Danielle says:

    Sharing button via FB unfortunately doesn’t work.

  2. Stephenie Simpson says:

    Thankyou for sharing these simple techniques, I’m sure they will be a great help to many people who need to feel safe.

  3. Chan Y Y says:

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom on how to help our patients and even ourselves to feel safe. It’s very useful and good resources, appreciate your generosity or compassion to help others, much indebted.

  4. Melinda Stoner says:

    I will use this with the surviving Family members of the Fallen. They are in deep grief and often are immobilized and have difficulty sleeping. I want to give this to them as a tpolitical to feel safe and somewhat not alone.

  5. Mary Turner says:

    I am a PA and think this would be great to use in the primary care setting. Thanks

  6. Nice! Thanks for putting these techniques out here. I’ll be using them with clients that find themselves feeling afraid, alone, unsafe.

  7. Debra LaMalfa says:

    Thank you for providing this video . I have clients who will befit from the clients who will benefit.

  8. Karen says:

    I tried the “hug” first with a trauma client who reported great discomfort with this technique. She was not ready to explore why.

    With the next client, again she reported distress with the hug, but agreed to try the head/heart exercise. She reported an instant change, a release. Later on, she worked through some issues and tried the hug again. This time she felt at peace.

    Thank you for this tool!

  9. nancy fisher, licsw says:

    What I cherished about this video is its simplicity and truth…Nothing we can say helps a trama victim feel safe because of the depth of the impact…an assault on the soul…on the most sacred and wordless place..the techinques are quietly empowering and gentle….as usual..less is more.

  10. Valerie L Wright, Ph. D. says:

    Fascinatingly simple…going to use this immediately. I agree with a previous comment about swaddling infants…it’s very similar.

  11. Debby says:

    This is a great way to transition from therapist as container to client becoming their own container again. Thank you for the practical tools!

  12. Daniel Geer says:

    I have used some if these techniques in my work as a dance/movement therapist. This is both validating and a very practical and concise set of tools. Thank you!

  13. Carol Schwope says:

    These techniques are easy to implement and make sense. Thank you.

  14. Thank you
    I found the techniques simple and easy to teach. I most definitely will try them with my clients and would be interested in anything else you would have to share.
    I tried them myself and I am feeling a sense of calm. I went on to pat my entire body and connected with my container. :)

  15. Susan, consultant, Delaware says:

    Interesting! Brings to mind how we swaddle infants to comfort them.

  16. Francis Rico says:

    Ancient shamanic wisdom traditions have a multitude of specific body alignment “postures’ – all based on the directing of the flow of energy – the flow of our “light” body – called the “rainbow body.” These could also be called “mudras” – anyway – the point is that this is very useful and powerful as a consolation and regulation technique. Interestingly, neuro-science is exploring our “light” bodies in an emerging field – biophotonics. this is a start.

  17. Jeff says:

    I am a school social worker. Several of my students have terrible traumatic histories, and they are having difficulty regulating their behavior at school and engaging in learning. I am looking for tools to help the students feel safe and be productive and to help the teachers support the students.

  18. Deb Steber says:

    I am working with several clients who are survivors of domestic abuse. I believe these techniques will help them find their center, and feel that they are I charge of their own bodies.

  19. Flavia Souza says:

    Im going to try the first and second techniques and forward to many friends who i think would benefit from this.

  20. Tami Flaherty says:

    I would definitely offer these tools. I experienced an energy shift while practicing. For clients these tools could be used discreetly.

  21. Sue Fleming says:

    I work with people in career transition. 98% of my clientele live below the poverty level and are often scaling the wall of anxiety, fearing a fall. I use essential oils, administering a drop into their left palm, have them ‘activate’ the oil with the right index finger. Apply to the occipital protuberance, both temples, and then rub both palms together before forming a tent over the nose for ten normal breaths. This helps regulate the breathing, centers the client and enhances focus.

  22. Mimi says:

    Thanks!

  23. Mimi says:

    Thank you. It is nice to find techniques that can be used with a variety of ages.

  24. Suzy Parker, LMSW, NYC says:

    I’m a LMSW therapist going thru intense PTSD right now as a repressed memory from 55 years ago comes to light almost exclusively thru body movements (and pain!). I’m with a Peter Levine-influenced therapist, and feel safe from an overall can-I-be-allowed-out standpoint, but haven’t really related as I am (and I guess always have been) so severed from connecting consciously with my emotions but rather to how I’m feeling on a pre-verbal physical level and directing my behavior from there. In any case, despite the real craziness and the real pain, I have always felt this has been a liberation and a journey toward unity (so maybe my lack of depression is not entirely denial!) and that an end to this phase will come. In the meantime, this simple exercises are something I wish my therapist had given me, instead of more complex theoretical solutions my 3-year-old self has no way of understanding. Thank you.

  25. Julia Neely-Spain says:

    Good info! I have found that hugging the body and rocking back and forth is both comforting, soothing and reassuring.

  26. Brigitte says:

    From my own healing through yoga and the theraputic work I do with children and families, it is helpful to have simple body oriented ways to care for oneself. Safety being a whole body experience seems to be created through establishing the physical container as a way to get the mind and feelings to follow.

  27. Mary Hrovatic says:

    Thank you for the demonstration and interview with Dr Levine. I did feel soothed when I followed along and I can’t wait to share these techniques with family and friends who suffer from anxiety related to traumatic experiences. I instruct others in meditation and I believe using this as a guided meditation will bring an end to many people’s suffering.

  28. Leslie Ellis says:

    As I practiced the first position, which was very comforting, I automatically began deep breathing and could feel calm spreading over me. These are wonderful techniques. I can see how combining with breath work can even enhance the calming effect. Thank you for sharing these. I will use them with my clients and in crisis situations to help people gain focus and center.

  29. Mary Ledbetter says:

    I AM deaf so I need captioning or readable instructions. Thanks!

  30. Barb says:

    Thanks for the info. I will try it with my son even though he hates to be told what to do. He has PTSD and never feels safe.

  31. Simple and effective techniques – thank you. These postures make use of the subtle flows of electrical fields in the body that underscore the asanas and mudras in yoga and that are beautifully mapped in Dr Randolph Stone’s Polarity Therapy. The sense of our physical container is so important for each of us emotionally, and reconnecting the flow of our subtle energy currents allows our nervous system to switch from sympathetic to parasympathetic which literally allows our aura to restructure and support our mind in releasing fear. So happy these techniques are becoming mainstream and grateful for Dr. Levine’s passion in exploring, researching and sharing his insights into the body mind relationship.

  32. Kristin says:

    So many student’s that come into my office can benefit from this.

  33. Tanya Ince says:

    Thank you! I’m going to use these techniques with my clients.

  34. 454 SW says:

    The Techniques explained helped me calm, settle and center as I practiced with the video. As a victim of child sex abuse I used to be fearful of even following simple instructions like this as it seemed another person was again seeking control of me. Never realized I never felt safe because after repeated violation safety is forgotten. These will help on my journey to heal. Having realized and established my own safe zone with a good therapists help I realize I need to self soothe and the more techniques the more likely something will work no matter how serious the trigger, the memory, the trauma. Thank you for posting.

  35. Lucy says:

    A wonderful confirmation. Truly effective, + pretty quickly, too! Thank you.

  36. Catherine Taylor says:

    Both useful and easy to teach.

  37. Olivia says:

    I was pleasantly surprised to find that the techniques did work. Thank you.

  38. Megan says:

    Wow, I tried them as I watched. Very powerful.

  39. Cindy says:

    I use touch in therapy all the time and to be able to send these techniques home is great! I teach tapping but this is a much simpler way of grounding when a client starts to have emotional responses that they don’t think they can control.

  40. Kathy Ramsey says:

    I appreciate the simplicity of these techniques. Straight forward video!

  41. Peg says:

    Great video!

  42. William says:

    Excellent!

  43. LR says:

    Simple, effective, and appreciated as a trauma-recovery patient myself. Thank you!

  44. CJ Hackett says:

    As a Therapeutic Thai Massage Practitioner, and survivor of PTSD, I found this coincides with my belief in touch therapy. Thank you so much for this free information. I would love to be part of a brain study since I have been trying to heal myself most of my life.
    Respectfully,
    CJ (Christina) Hackett
    Healing Artisan

  45. Nancy Wynne says:

    It was so useful for me, since I recently experienced severe trauma after surgery.I have some contacts I my life who have had family trauma and work.ife trauma. This information will be useful for many people in my world.

  46. Janice says:

    Practical and helpful approach. Thank you.

  47. Thank you for the clinical tips. I specialize in adolescent psychotherapy and when
    teens experience trauma, it definitely helps to have exercises that will leave them empowered and feeling safe. Thanks again for sharing:)

  48. Gijo says:

    I find this very helpful. As a craniosacral therapist, I also work with traumatized people – so thank you very much !

  49. anna says:

    Very simple and comforting..I will try this when I teach my trauma sensitive yoga classes. Thank you.

  50. Contessa says:

    These two tools seem to be quite simple and quite workable. Thanks.

  51. I found this very helpful and will
    share it with others.
    Cheryl Krauter, MFT

  52. Myra reichel says:

    Thank you it is nice to hear Peter Levine support the observation of the flow of energy in the body which is what we teach our Reiki students to pay attention to in their self Reiki sessions. I had a client who could not cross outside her block where she lived in the city so her friends brought her to me for Reiki sessions and then Reiki classes. She gradually go better and coukd take public transportation or even ride her bike around the city doing self Reiki. The fact that she could then also help others by doing some Reiki for others increased her own healing and really helped the other people. I have also received some tapping g and EMDR and strongly recommend these practices as ones that have helped my clients, as well as myself.

  53. Mihele Rolph says:

    Thanks I am an art therapist working with mainly traumatized children in an education setting. These simple somatic techniques will be very valuable to all the students in and out of the classroom

  54. Kerry Bangeman says:

    Thanks for the tips. I have worked with a number of traumatized clients over the years, with EMDR and these techniques that you have shared will be useful to augment their self care between sessions. Help them feel grounded in themselves.
    Thanks

  55. Amber says:

    Great way to use the senses to help bring someone back into their body.

  56. Jennifer Payne Guarino, LMFT, CSAT says:

    Thank you! Helpful, simple and powerful! I am looking forward to using these right away – in both small groups and individual sessions.

  57. Harriet Otis says:

    Kool Toolz!
    Thank you. I have a very anxious patient coming in about 25 minutes and I plan to use these somatic-based interventions with him. It should be very helpful for social anxiety situations as well as trauma.

  58. Roz Katz says:

    These techniques will also be useful in conveying concepts of mindfulness meditation and the connection of body awareness and our thoughts. Great centering practices that could help someone become attuned to the present moment. Thank you!

  59. Simple, powerful mindfulness techniques — thank you, Peter!

  60. Cindy Shoemaker says:

    I’ve asked clients to touch one of the plants in my office, and describe the sensation, smell, etc.

  61. Pat Farrell-McLaughlin, MSW, LCSW-C says:

    Love these techniques and already use some somatic interventions–especially for those with “holes in their boundaries”. I work with college students, many of whom have trauma in their backgrounds or in their present. This is very helpful.

  62. Carole, LPCC therapist, Albuquerque, NM says:

    Glad to have these techniques. I will try them on myself, especially when sleep gets interrupted.

  63. Carol says:

    Simple and empowering. Thank you.

  64. Azusa says:

    Effective, simple and practical.
    Thank you!

  65. Jackee says:

    loved this video! need the transcript so I can remember to use them and recommend them to others…. thanks!

  66. Lara Ristow says:

    Helpful suggestions that I would like to try with clients. I am trained in EMDR and teach clients the arms crossed butterfly hug that involves tapping on the arms while imagining a calm place that they can use when distressed. Would like to try Dr. Levine’s suggestions as well. Thank you.

  67. Deborah Christensen says:

    Thank you

  68. This is wonderful. I am also aware of tapping. Awesome. Thank you. I haven’t worked in therapy for a long time now but my interested is still very keen in this area. I was trained in Clinical Social Work and anything I know or learn I hold onto so that I may be helpful in someway to others who come into my life.

  69. Julia Romano says:

    This is excellent. This is, essentially, the work I do in yoga therapy (as a Masters level Yoga Therapist also trained in clinical psychology). Using body as container, mind then can bear witness to shifts and changes that often can’t occur solely within the crowded, cramped dark space of the mind.

  70. Cool, amazing! Thanks. MORE!

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