Four Winds Consulting


Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a gentle approach to trauma resolution utilizing the resilience of the individual to become increasingly aware of bodily sensations to allow for movement of stored energy and make meaning of traumatic experiences. Trauma is an adaptation accompanied by mental, emotional and behavioral changes that are stored in the lived experience due to incomplete urges to self protect during a traumatic event. An individual's reality is thus changed and a sense of personal safety altered causing the protective responses to linger in the body, mind and psyche in ways that can impact personal conditions. ​​

SE is therefore a method by which the individual can move through the incomplete emotional responses to bring an increased sense of safety and personal well being. This is done within a safe relationship with the practitioner. The individual is guided through trauma informed protective responses to more effectively come to manage emotions, thoughts and experiences. The approach utilizes the existing strengths of the individual to renew through mindfulness and energy work to integrate new ways of engaging in emotional and even physical health and functionality. 

Somatic Experiencing was developed by Peter Levine, Ph.D. and his work can be further explored in the best-selling books Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma (1997) and In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness (2010)


During difficult times individuals and families often struggle with interpersonal or personal barriers or dynamics that can be ​counterproductive to the healing process. At Four Winds Susan Kelly has personal and professional experience with the types of crises individuals may encounter when, for example, facing addiction, mental or emotional health destabilization, intervention by agencies such as child welfare or criminal, loss, accidents or physical health issues. 

Susan has experience with and can provide guidance, coaching and counsel to more effectively move through these difficult times with improved ease and clarity. Susan has years of experience working in Residential Treatment Centers for Addiction, having been a primary therapist in the capacity of both individual and family work, supporting the addict as well as the individuals who love and want to protect them. This is an example of how, together, Susan can assist with consideration of problems related to difficult conditions of living, and assist with supportive guidance to problem solve and support individuals in taking affirmative action.