“Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” Peter Levine, PhD.

Post-traumatic stress disorder, attachment disorder, anxiety attacks or high anxiety, phobias, high levels of fear, even syndromes such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, are some examples that can be results of trauma in the body’s system.

Sometimes our experiences are too difficult, or go on for too long, and our central nervous system is unable to accommodate the high activation level that we experience. What can result is undischarged energy in our system and we somehow feel different.  We are not our “old self” and are often not sure where our old self has gone or sometimes we haven’t yet found our “old self”. There is often a feeling of being stuck or unable to get over this feeling, no matter how hard we try. IT IS NOT THE EXPERIENCE THAT CREATES THE TRAUMA BUT THE WAY THE ORGANISM RESPONDS TO THE EXPERIENCE. If the energy was not able to complete its cycle, the undischarged energy is still in the body, needing to be released.

Our central nervous system activates and deactivates in response to sensory input. The comfortable area within this is known as our window of tolerance. Everyone’s window of tolerance is as unique as our finger prints. Once we are pushed beyond our window of tolerance there is a natural response of fear and or anger that results. If continued to be pushed out of our window of tolerance, often fear turns to terror and anger to rage. These are  powerful emotions to experience and often one needs specialized assistance in releasing undischarged energy resulting from these difficult times.

Lois Hansen not only is well trained and experienced in counselling, but is also specialized in Somatic Experiencing. Somatic Experiencing is based on Dr. Peter Levine’s studies and clinical application of how to release the wounds of early developmental attachment and/or trauma. His 45 years of research on the study of stress physiology, ethology, psychology, biology, indigenous healing practices and medical biophysics, including the most recent and relevant brain-based research, is masterfully combined and presented to clients in the form of Somatic Experiencing.

Applying these amazing intervention strategies, Lois has the ability to help clients release the un-discharged physical energy and often, with this release, symptoms such as anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, out of control anger, attachment trauma, also disappear.


If you are interested in freeing yourself of the effects of trauma, contact Lois at Lois@HansenOnLine.ca or 250-487-0236.

To learn more about Somatic Experiencing go to www.traumahealing.com

Some things you can do at home are:

  • Create safety for yourself at all times
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise on a regular basis
  • Notice your breathing
  • Notice your heart rate
  • Try a relaxation and/or visualization exercise
  • Laugh, enjoy those you love
  • Surround yourself with people who see the good in you
  • Replace self-defeating habits with new, interesting experiences