My therapeutic range are alternative methods of healing. Every patient should be aware of that, if you have any doubts, please get medical advice.

Hildegard Heuer
Urbanización El Riachuelo
Calle Isabel de Farnesio 1C
E - 29601 Marbella

Phone: 0034 654 400 981


Somatic Experiencing® and work with Attachment Disorders

SomaticExperiencing (SE) is a body-oriented method and was developed by the trauma researcher Dr. Peter Levine. SE is particularly well suited to work with the effects of shock and trauma. It gently, helps those affected, to re-gain confidence in their own skills and to enhance their own life energy.

Working with attachment injuries, we carefully turn to experiences that make it impossible for us to approach others openly and informally, to deepen contacts and to develop happy and joyful adult relationships.

Trauma caused by an overwhelming event is too strong, too quick, too suddenly in its impact on us. Our nervous system experiences this event as an overwhelming threat and our innate mechanisms to deal with them become completely overwhelmed.

Usually, in a life threatening situations, our natural and insticntual responses are available to us. The organism mobilizes its energy to prepare for flight or a fight. If we succeed in this survival strategy we regain our balance relatively quickly. However, if we feel overwhelmed by an event so strong that we can no longer flee or fight, we often "play dead" as a last resort to save ourselves.

In such a situation, however, our body does not cease to continue to provide us a host of signals of alarm, but it behaves as if the threat still remains. This energy is then stored in the nervous system where it is only partially resolved. Some confusing and frightening mental and physical symptoms can occur for those affected, such as anxiety, panic, irritability, insomnia, excessive vigilance, chronic pain and more. Such behaviors, feelings and thoughts are still often coupled with frightening experiences of the past.

Somatic Experience in working with this response the centre of the nervous system. With distance and out of a sense of security we can approach the traumatic experience at our pace, step by step, carefully. Key elements in the healing process are the development of resources and the tracing of body sensations, the behaviors, feelings, thoughts, images and movements.

The key to the resolution of trauma symptoms is a gentle gradual discharge of the body‘s bound energy. The nervous system has the possibility to return to it’s original ability to regulate itself. It’s own resources and strengths can be experienced again. This results in more security and balance. Life gains stability, strength and lightness. It can develop more vitality and express creativity.

We humans have a basic need for connection, for togetherness. Under healthy conditions we feel well and secure in a community and experience support on our way through life.

When the infant's basic needs for bonding are calmed, they can explore their environment. A reliable relationship lays the foundation for the physical, social and emotional development of the personality.

Loving smiles, affection and friendly eye contact also influences brain structure and stimulate development such as games, music, colours, stories, creativity …

In recent decades, scientists have recognised that receiving attention and love not only contributes to emotional maturation but is also an important stimulus to overall baby development. A healthy experience of bonding provides a significant foundation for the ability to love and to relate.

In our early childhood, we learn a pattern, a strategy that responds to the behaviour of the caregiver. Our attachment styles are the answer to the relationship offered to us, they are our survival strategy.

There is the healthy, the avoiding, the ambivalent and the disorganised attachment style, as there is also possible the most diverse mixture of these. Each of the last three brings their own problems. Mostly they arise from the experiences and occurrences during our adolescence.

In working with the events of our lives, we explore our multiple strategies in contact with other people and develop trusting, supportive and loving contact. "Emotional attachments to other people are the linchpin of a person's life, not just in infancy or nursery school, but also in school, youth and adult life and into old age. From these emotional attachments, a person draws strength and life satisfaction, and from this he can again give other people strength and joy of life. These are topics in which the insights of modern science and wisdom meet and agree ... “ John Bowlby, a pioneer of attachment research

"Not procreation, not birth makes us become parents, but patience, warmth, closeness, love, consistency and respect for the being child." (Author unknown)

Traumatherapie Somatic Experience