Somatic Experiencing® is a therapeutic tool used to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related disorders. Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented approach developed by Dr. Peter Levine, a Senior Fellow at The Meadows and a leader in trauma treatment.

While studying the stress responses of animals in their natural environments, Dr. Levine discovered that trauma is not about the event. It is the biological and physiological response to the event. Dr. Levine believes that accessing the nervous system and bypassing the brain allows for more relaxation, containment, and emotional self-regulation.

The goals of Somatic Experiencing®:

  • Being present in the here and now
  • Exploring choices and options
  • Creating stability in patients’ relationships and lives
  • Somatic Experiencing® is used to treat two types of trauma:
    • Shock Trauma – Trauma caused by a single traumatic event or near-death experience.
    • Developmental Trauma – Trauma during childhood development.

The Meadows Model helps patients find the words to describe what they feel. Somatic Experiencing® works to stabilize emotional and physiological distress. These two active approaches work together in the healing process.

Eating Disorder Treatment Philosophy

The Meadows Ranch combines evidence-based theories of teaching coping and containment skills to do the more in-depth work to get at the source of the eating disorder so that a person can make a long-lasting recovery-based change.

Inpatient Eating Disorder Treatment

Recovery from an eating disorder is possible. It’s happening every day at The Meadows Ranch. Based on feedback from patients, families, and professionals, the vast majority of our patients remain committed to a life of health, balance, and purpose.

For additional information about the treatment of eating disorders, please call to speak to a Counselor at 866-390-5100 or complete the form below and we will contact you with the information you need.