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Moving Beyond Trauma with Ilene Smith

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Trauma doesn’t just reside inside your mind. Much more importantly, it locks itself in other parts of your body.
Air Date: 5/15/20
Duration: 27:09
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Ilene Smith, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Ilene Smith is the author of Moving Beyond Trauma: The Roadmap to Healing from Your Past and Living with Ease and Vitality. She is a certified professional coach and Somatic Experiencing practitioner who is passionate about helping others explore life with curiosity and exuberance. Her research into Somatic Experiencing and eating disorders has contributed to the importance of Somatic Experiencing and body-based therapies in recovery. Ilene has also worked extensively with patients suffering from addiction.

With master’s degrees in exercise physiology and mental health counseling, Ilene blends talking, touch work, and movement to create synergy between a client’s body and mind. In addition to her private practice, Ilene has developed a series of trauma healing workshops and lectures, which she hosts worldwide. She lives in Arizona.
Moving Beyond Trauma with Ilene Smith
These are stressful times. 

As the spread of coronavirus threatens our physical health, it is also becoming a real threat to our mental health. But, talk therapy may not be enough to address the fear and anxiety many of us are experiencing. 

An additional consideration is that trauma doesn’t just reside inside your mind. Much more importantly, it locks itself in other parts of your body. When left unresolved, that trauma continues to live there, impacting your life, your relationships, your sense of safety, and your ability to experience joy in very real ways.

Ilene Smith, author of Moving Beyond Trauma: The Roadmap to Healing from Your Past and Living with Ease and Vitality, joins Dr. Susanne to share how we can process trauma in a non-threatening way, how her approach differs from talk therapy, and some self-care techniques people can implement in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
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