Joanna Oughton

Somatic Experiencing® Bodywork sessions for Trauma Resolution, Yoga1-2-1 sessions, Workshops

Fridays – All day at Light Centre Belgravia and Online.

Areas of Speciality

  • Sexual trauma
  • PTSD
  • Flashbacks / Trauma Memories (caused by Rape, Sexual assault, War, Violence, Car accidents, Injuries, Natural disasters, Medical procedures)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mindfulness, meditation, yoga

07542 983 423

£60 per hour
For those unable to meet the full fee, low cost sessions may be available online, please contact me for further details.

Joanna has been practising Meditation for twenty years and Classical Yoga since 2007.
She is a registered Yoga Teacher, has a BSc in Environment and Psychology, an MA in Trauma Studies and researches about Trauma Memory and Flashbacks in PTSD. She has also completed specialist training in Somatic Experiencing®, a body-based trauma intervention. She spends a great deal of time in the natural world observing the patterns of nature and cites this as one of her greatest inspirations.

Somatic experiencing® is a body-oriented approach to trauma devised by American psychologist Dr Peter Levine which works to release the effects of traumatic shock lodged in the body. Releasing these pent-up survival energies can resolve many of the symptoms of PTSD and other trauma related disorders.

A Somatic Experiencing ® Bodywork session provides you with a safe place to begin to explore your trauma. You will not be required to tell your story, nor to examine your past. As a body centred practice you will be encouraged instead to explore bodily sensations, emotions and areas of constriction which are happening in the present moment.

Emotions and deep muscular holding patterns may be released through tears, bodily movements or other bodily sensations which indicate that the autonomic nervous system is returning to normal. In this way, Somatic Experiencing® Bodywork works to complete self-protective survival and natural defence mechanisms which may have been overwhelmed at the time of the trauma, as well as unlocking and releasing unspent survival energy and so restoring a sense of balance, connection and equilibrium.

Somatic Experiencing® Bodywork sessions typically last an hour and happen sitting in a chair, but can also involve standing, laying down or engaging in bodywork and yoga postures designed to restore active defensive responses. Children may be more comfortable being held by their parent. The number of sessions will depend on the nature and history of a trauma, between eight and twelve sessions is more usual for single incident shock trauma. If the trauma is more developmental I may suggest that you undertake additional psychotherapy. It is important that you continue to take any medication you have been prescribed.

As a yoga and meditation teacher, I also incorporate SE® practices into Trauma
Based Yoga classes and workshops.