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From Disorganization to Organization: Working with Somatic Experiencing®

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Nancy Napier, MA, LMFT
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Sep 25, 2020
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After years of doing body-based trauma resolution work, as a psychodynamic, relationally-oriented psychotherapist, I have arrived at the conviction that what lives in the body determines much of what we feel and how we perceive ourselves and the world. We think the body lives in the present, but it actually responds most vividly to unmetabolized trauma responses that are alive and well in the nervous system.

Somatic Experiencing® offers approaches that allow us to help clients move from the disorganization of unmetabolized trauma responses to the organization of a coherent, regulated system. We are, in a very real sense, bringing the body up to date when we invite clients to notice their physiological responses and help them to learn how to allow old responses that are “stuck” in the body to move through and complete themselves.

Because we each carry a blueprint for health at the core of our body-mind being, the natural tendency of the body to move toward health and wholeness becomes our constant companion in this healing journey. We also cultivate the benevolent observer, so that clients are supported to be able to move through unresolved trauma responses with awareness and a whole, integrated brain. 



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Nancy J. Napier, MA, LMFT is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist in private practice in New York City. She is a faculty member of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and taught Somatic Experiencing® in New York City for 12 years. She is author of Recreating Your Self, Getting Through the Day, Sacred Practices for Conscious Living, and co-author of Meditations & Rituals for Conscious Living. She also has published a series of CDs drawn from self-help exercises in her three books. The CDs have become downloadable guided meditations of these exercises.


Nancy offers workshops and webinars for professional, interfaith seminary students, and occasionally lay audiences on a range of subjects oriented to trauma resolution, relational, and attachment issues, self of the therapist, embodied presence, and those that have a more focused spiritual orientation. In addition, she founded Devadana Sanctuary, an organization that offers a safe context within which to explore multidimensional awareness,


On her own website,, she offers weekly practices in conscious living, among other resources. These practices are geared to help bring into conscious awareness the ways in which we create and nurture the quality and tone of our inner life moment to moment.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Nancy Napier maintains a private practice. She is a faculty member at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Ms. Napier receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Nancy Napier is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; the International Society for the Study of Dissociation and Trauma; and the New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


  1. Demonstrate to clients’ methods to track their body’s activation responses that help support both regulation and developing capacity for discomfort. 
  2. Apply titration to the process of working with client’s trauma responses. 
  3. Propose ways to clients that help normalize their responses as natural to trauma states. 


The importance of embodied presence  

  • Orienting to the inherent blueprint for health and wholeness 
  • Reinforcing client wholeness 

Cultivating a sense of benevolence in response to understanding trauma’s impact on the body and psyche

Moving from disorganization to organization

Increasing the capacity to be uncomfortable

Elements of Somatic Experiencing® 

  • Bringing the body into the present 
  • Orienting to the felt-sense 
  • Titration 
  • Slowed-down processing 
  • Pendulation 
  • Understanding the threat response cycle 
  • SIBAM and coupling dynamics 
  • Deactivation and reorganization 
  • A return to curiosity and orientation 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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