by Ariel Giarretto
Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing Approach is brought to life in this in-depth case study of body oriented therapy.
Suzanne a case study
Suzanne, not her real name, arrives in my office due to a long history of anxiety, mild depression, problems sleeping, and relationship issues. She is 43, successful in her marketing career, and divorced, with a child in high school. She is a tall woman, but something about the way she carries herself makes her seem smaller than she is. She is wearing loose, dark clothing that doesn’t reveal much of her body. As she walks into my office for our first session, I am struck by the animation in her upper body, but I notice that she moves awkwardly because of the tightness in her shoulders, neck and upper spine.