What is Organic Intelligence and Somatic Experiencing and why do you swear by it?
Answer by Eva M. Belanger, ED and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist:
OI and SE teaches human beings how to be human. Organic Intelligence uses resources that we all have internal to each of us. Its not a matter of telling traumatic stories in order to heal, its a method in which we work with the CNS (Central Nervous System) to process this energy slowly and methodically as to not overly imbalance the CNS. Please watch this video by Dr. Peter Levine describing Somatic Experiences. We need to allow this energy to release gradually. Only then is the nervous system reset and can access LIFE energy again.
Organic Intelligence came after SE and was developed by Steve Hoskinson, a counterpart of Dr. Peter Levine. Dr. Levine worked with Steve and Steve has since developed a training program for all people to participate in. This is not a training just for mental health practitioners but a training for all of us. To embody what we learn from this training is to employ all that it is to be human. There is wholeness and cohesion that naturally comes from the process of OI. The model emphasized that “trauma” is an unintegrated resource, not a means to and end, nor good, nor bad. There is so much more,…stay tuned. Needless to say, this model teaches us how to use our body’s ORGANIC INTELLIGENCE to more accurately read the world around us, to settle, to find peace, enjoyment and happiness in life. This pursuit of happiness is what all of our service members deserve. Nothing less, no partial treatment, but the whole enchilada! This is what WLO wants to bring to each Veteran that walks into our presence. They have sacrificed and now it is our turn to return life to them and the ability to thrive.
There is no other answer, then to answer it all. There is no partial giving here, no partial treatment. To help healing occur for the long haul, we must address the whole person and this process does that. It employs internal resources that we all embody, we just need to learn how to use it again. This is what Organic Intelligence and Somatic Experiencing does.”
All answers are in no way to diagnose, make a diagnosis, give medical advice, or state any judgments. All answers are meant to inform, educate and guide from my experience in counseling.