The Window of Tolerance

The Window of Tolerance

Working with the nervous system - Flight, Fright, Freeze

“Drawing on principles from Somatic Experiencing™, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®, Sensory Integration, and Body-Mind Centering.”

When we slow down and open to inner awareness, the body can be our greatest resource, our teacher.

Somatic Experience Trauma Therapy advocates that we are created for co-regulation, which means we use relationships and, the therapist-client relationship, to resource and strengthen the nervous system range. This is also based on Stephen Porges's work with polyvagal theory and on Diane Poole Heller's work with attachment styles / attachment adaptations.

The body is intelligent, anything we experience inside or any action we take (no matter how painful or seemingly destructive) comes from a place of trying to regulate and keep ourselves safe. Sometimes we need to bring all of ourselves up to date by working through old material, in order to uncover our innate goodness and wisdom underneath.

If you feel that you have too much fight-or-flight feelings (almost all of us do) or are shut down and unable to engage (or you fluctuate between the two), it is likely that the nervous system has some incomplete loops, perhaps for many years. Now we can complete them. We can learn to regulate our nervous system and therefore learn how to tolerate uncomfortable feelings, until we are no longer fearful of them. You are developing your ‘Window of Tolerance’.

The outcome of this is that you become empowered, whilst feeling all emotions, triggers, memories. We will be able to co-regulate with another and learn to self- regulate. This is where the healing occurs. We need to learn the language of the body and respond to that, not the shoulds, ought toos and have toos.

This is a natural, organic state for us as human beings, it belongs to you, not some therapist or expert. It is yours.

This work is influenced by the work of Dr. Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy). Levine noticed that wild animals don't experience traumatic stress only humans and domesticated animals do!  

We are created for co-regulation, which means we use relationships, and the therapist-client relationship, to resource and strengthen the nervous system range. This is partially based on Stephen Porges's work with polyvagal theory and also on Diane Poole Heller's work with attachment styles / attachment adaptations.

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This work is influenced by the work of Dr. Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy). Levine noticed that wild animals don't experience traumatic stress only humans and domesticated animals do!  

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We are created for co-regulation, which means we use relationships, and the therapist-client relationship, to resource and strengthen the nervous system range. This is partially based on Stephen Porges's work with polyvagal theory and also on Diane Poole Heller's work with attachment styles / attachment adaptations.