There is a unique spectrum of balance for judging validity of any model or modality. For many, the hard-fast existence of evidence-based research helps them to accept the effectiveness of any applied treatment. At the same time, there exists out there centuries of indigenous practices that cannot be explained or haven't yet been researched that have been experienced by many to be effective and valid in their healing trajectory. Where I am excited that research is more widely including somatic-based practices and approaches, I am also an invested believer in person-centered approaches that bring together a wide variety of tools for the individual in front of me regardless if the science to back it up is lacking. All that said, I highlight here the research of the colleagues in my field of somatic-based modalities and the focus on trauma to aid in giving those new to the ideas of embodiment and somatic psychology a foundation in which to formulate their own opinions.
Payne, P., Levine, P., & Crane-Godreu, M (2015). Somatic Experiencing: using interoception and proprioception as core elements in trauma therapy. Frontiers in Psychology. 6:93. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00093 WEBLINK
Winblad, N., Changaris, M., & Stein, P.K. (2018). Effect of Somatic Experiencing resiliency-based trauma treatment training on quality of life and psychological health as potential markers of resilience in treating professionals. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00070 WEBLINK
Brom, D., Stokar, Y., Lawi, C. & Nuriel, Porat, V., Ziv, Y., Lerner, K., & Ross, G. (2017). Somatic Experiencing for posttraumatic stress disorder: a randomized controlled study. Journal of Traumatic Stress 30(3): 304–312. doi: 10.1002/jts.22189 WEBLINK
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