VIDEO: Dr. Peter Levine on the future of the Somatic Experiencing Approach
Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s exclusive interview with Dr. Peter Levine.
Dr. Peter A. Levine talks about how he feels about the future of the Somatic Experiencing Approach since retiring.
Dr. Peter A. Levine: You know, in my age now, into my 70’s, I’ve been grateful to have been able to make a difference and I have tremendous trainees and teachers who are teaching Somatic Experiencing (SE), the term I gave to this work, and I feel a tremendous weight off my shoulders.
You know, for many, many years, I was kind of compulsed, I had to teach this, I had to do this. But now I see that it’s out, that people are training other people and I’m kind of laying back. Now that I’ve officially retired, I’ve done probably twice as much every year since I theoretically retired, but it’s the stuff I’m really enjoying and it’s different.
And so I have a tremendous hope … I think that people, when they really see … because Americans are pretty smart, they’re pretty savvy in a lot of ways. We do some pretty dumb things, we elect some really dumb choices, but I think people have a kind of an innate wisdom, if they see something, and they realize it’s important, I think that they will kind of gravitate towards it and support it, and support it. So I’m cautiously optimistic, as they say.Tags: expert interview, Somatic Experiencing Approach, trauma, video, videos