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Interview on Richard Listens on Sports

Richard Oelberger, PhD brings Somatic Experiencing® into his work with clients and on his podcast Richard Listens On Sports. I had the privilege to join Richard and his podcast crew in December, 2017. We had a good time. Our conversation may be of interest to some of...

How to Use Podcasts Explained by Twig

Let me share a very quick lesson on how to use a "Podcast App" so you can listen to Twig's SE Reflections (and other podcasts) from your mobile device with ease and convenience. [This little piece is coming soon. Thanks for your patience. In the meantime, you can...

New Years Update for Twig’s SE Reflections

Before the "silence goes on too long" let me share a little New Year update from Twig's SE Reflections podcast project. This will probably be most interesting to regular listeners: it's mostly a progress report and a bit of cheerleading. A few final content heavy...

Holiday Sessions – an episode that almost got away

The holiday season impacts different people in different ways, from the option of taking it all in to wanting to be narcatized through it with a request to be reawoken on the other side. One of our opportunities with things like SE is helping people make...

098: Preparing Clients for Surgery

I'll be adding Show Notes eventually. For now, I hope some of you will enjoy the audio recording which is available here. You can also download my original primer for Preparing for Surgery below by entering your email below – which will help me gage interest in this...

Tea Interlude Check In During Continuing Publishing Hiatus

I'm still looking for the opportunity to complete Episode 98 on Preparing for Surgery. On the way there I wanted to say hello, cheer folks who are headed to Adv. II and completion of the SEP training and share some thoughts on getting more comfortable through failing...

097: Common Mistakes SEP’s Make

We must make mistakes. It's part of the process of learning this craft. Exploratory SEP's can be enthusiastic about their mistakes because mistakes make us think long and hard about "what went wrong" and how we can do things differently. Ultimately our...

096: Doing Other Stuff

I'm in Chicago doing something "different" than what I normally do. (A 5 week comedy improv theater intensive.) It's helping refresh my attention for my SE work. It's also a good opportunity for me to offer up this SE Reflection episode on advocating that...

Here is a very long episode that boarders on exhaustive, though hopefully not too exhausting. The subject? Considerations and a pattern of thought for how we attend to people soon after they've been in an accident. At those times SE Practitioners have a...

This does not cover every last thought I have on Orientation and what is required to ensure smooth meaningful participation when you're asking people to "allow their eyes to go where they want to go." But this 2-hour episode is probably the last thing...

Smoothing out the rhythm of our sessions is an ultimate goal. From the back and forth between us and our clients to the in and out of our client's attention with the environment and their experience, much of this rhythm is cultivated by whether we...

092: Advanced Joining, Yay-Boo! and Cursing in Sessions

CAUTION: This episode includes several strong curse words. Identifying, naming and explicating a client's experience is rarely as effective in Somatic Experiencing sessions as is joining in a more empathic, visceral and reflective (i.e. mirroring) way. Of...

091: Helping the Stuck Thing Move Again

Our SE work is motivated by the desire for change and animated by bearing witness to changing experience. As we cultivate our appreciation for Pendulation and all things "in flow" we can find it confusing to see what to do with client's who report things...

Here's a LONG episode reviewing 10 of the Comedy Improv games and their associated SE lessons that form the spine of my super fun SE refinement workshops Practicing Our Lines. Each game is covered in-depth with layouts of how you can perform the game in a...

Techniques and technique generally is key to our success as SE Practitioners. Being able to identify what is happening for a client, what that indicates about what is coming next, having some sense of what to ask for next, all of these are necessary to...

088: The Pendulation Terrain

In SE Sessions, some things are associated, while others are not. Practitioners need to see these relationships for what they are and decide if there's enough differentiation amongst associated pieces to create the context for penduluation. If so, off we...

087: Let’s Try It Once

Dynamic sessions that move toward productive change rather than maintain the status quo regularly introduce new things. These include: experiments (also known as excercises), Practitioner behavioral changes (like increasing or decreasing pace of...

086: The Planned Collapse

Some of our clients have been "going, going, going" and are going to continue doing so until they "collapse." When we can see that coming it's often worth introducing the idea of planning or preparing a time when they can permit themselves to "not do more" but instead...

085: Protecting from Extreme Range of Motion

There are times in sessions when movement becomes increasingly free and involuntary. It's a special thing to watch the body "come out of freeze" like that. And there are cautions: like being attentive that a sharp angle on a joint doesn't cause damage for...