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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...

084: Milton’s List

When we're stressed we think less. That's true for everyone but it's an especially vexing fact for our distressed clients – many of whom desperately need to make more helpful and healthful decisions on behalf of their well-being. Milton Erickson, the...

083: It’s So Weird

There's a classic moment in SE sessions when a client is successfully moving through the activation cycle only to balk at allowing the discharge or deactivation phase because it "feels too weird" and indeed often times this phase includes truly odd,...

082: The Perfect Therapeutic Island

An unrestrained reverie episode considering the mythical, idealized and probably impossible Perfect Therapeutic Island. Includes a look at when it would be necessary to go there, what would make it ideal, and words of encouragement on what we SEP's can do...

Sometimes pain is the overriding signal in a client's experience. Try as we might there's simply not much ease or goodness to be found. In this episode I start to look into what we can do about such a scene in order to get some traction to help things...

079: Sleep, Dreams and a Good Night Wish

Challenged sleep is a psycho-historical phenomenon of the times in which we live. It's also a very real and personal experience for many of our clients. Being able to think and talk about sleep from multiple different levels is a requirement of our work....

078: Don’t Avoid the Text

One paradox in our SE work is the need to engage the "problem state" or "Red/Trauma Vortex" material and at the same time avoid it becoming too much of itself. Some of us get quite good at helping clients feel calmer and even generally "better" simply by...

077: Will this Be an I Can or I Can’t Moment?

Our SE sessions are made up of dozens, if not hundreds, of elements of experience encountered in the moment. Part of our task as SE Practitioners is to help clients thread their attention through these elements in a way that maximizes the sense of success...

As SE practitioner we often either accompany or prepare our clients for stressful events. Things like surgeries, court battles, conflicted meetings with family or employers and so on. These inherently stressful events can be hard on anyone and are...

Along the path of learning something as dynamic as Somatic Experiencing is extended time repeating and mimicking other peoples words, voice, rhythm and presentation. This "copy cat time" is probably necessary. There are so many patterns in our work that...

The consistency of our signal and feedback to our clients is key to helping them get to know us and our work quickly. The more random, confused or inconsistent our requests the harder it is for our clients to find security and success in our offices. This...

From the first contact we're learning things that will matter later in the session. The more we acknowledge that we're actually trying to get to know our client's quickly, the better we'll get at it. This episode includes some storytelling from the field...

There are occasions when it's problematic if our client's "fall away" or "go to sleep" during our sessions. However most of the time it's an honor and potentially a very good sign when a client "let's go" in our presence. Letting down in the company of a...

Silence is a critical and natural part of SE sessions. And yet sometimes it can go on too long. The client can sit there in silence while you explain things excessively. You as the clinician can sit there in silence while your client talks and...

Twig’s SE Reflections Juvenilia Released

This podcast project began over 5 years ago but only really got going in Fall of 2014 after several "failed" attempts. The early material has never been released until now. At times it's unpolished but I think it still stands up. Many of...

To work eyes open or closed? That is the question. Rather than one way being "right" and the other "wrong," there are times when one or the other is more appropriate with a continuum between the extremes. This episode looks at some of the dynamics behind...

A common challenge for SE Practitioners is accommodating clients who have high expectations for the success (or failure) of this work. Too often immediate demands from either the client or practitioner curtails curiosity, participation and permission to...

Learning new things takes time. You need to experiment with all kinds of different combinations, try different things out, take note inside yourself on what works and what doesn't. Such things take time. Like learning the nuances of a new landscape or...

067: Positive Deviancy Approach to SE Sessions

Without a doubt, some sessions are smoother than others. Some work "like magic" while others can be a long slow torment for clients and practitioners alike. One thing to do is ask what the smooth sessions have in common and what attributes therein can be...

Today is January 1st, 2016. In celebration of starting another calendar year I've offered up a little meditation on Looking Back and Looking Forward. To get where we'd like to go is always a process. Things take time. Today you're not troubled by at least...

Winter Interlude Returning January 1st – Podcast Pause

Note: Sorry but for some reason iTunes isn't update as normal so you're probably only seeing this if it's fixed or you came to www.liberationispossible.org. I'll get that fixed soon but not this moment. Summary: A short message out of the Winter Silence...

Polyvagal Theory and Resiliency

The Polyvagal Theory helps us to see how our nervous system gains resiliency (or not) More Polyvagal Theory resources from Twig.  https://vimeo.com/145091345

Polyvagal Theory and Reverse Engineering Therapy

The Polyvagal Theory allows us to Reverse Engineer Therapy in new and more accurate ways Inside the Polyvagal Theory is the recognition that by knowing how the autonomic nervous system organizes itself when it's working well we can adjust our therapeutic interventions...

There's a hope amongst many of us that if we can just "get this to Pendulate" than the task will be done - we can then sit back and watch the magic happen. I don't offer an exhaustive list of why that's a fantasy or incomplete appreciation of what we're...

Polyvagal Theory in 11 Minutes

The Polyvagal Theory can be described in 11 minutes To do that we'll need to let go of some of the fancier scientific language and many of its nuances or broad implications. If we're willing to do so we can pair the basics down into about 11 minutes of reflections on...

Continuing with the theme on Pendulation, this story based episode reviews a few reminder details about how to help ensure that things oscillate if they're not going to of their own. Here's a free short study on Cultivating Pendulation that I can offer...

Polyvagal Theory and Affiliation in Mammals

The Polyvagal Theory offers a clear explanation of why mammals are able to affiliate Mammals have unique reproductive patterns unlike most every other family of species on our planet. The way we invest in raising our young is unique (with birds making a curious...