Aug 28, 2014 Thursday
l'Espace de Quartier des Eaux-Vives (Call: 076 385 07 26)
Rue de Montchoisy 46 (Reference Elie)
1207 Genève CH

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a form of therapy for relieving the symptoms of PTSD and chronic stress by focusing on body sensations. It was developed by Dr Peter Levine (a former stress consultant for NASA) who questioned why animals in the wild rarely become traumatised despite routine threats to their lives, whereas humans are readily traumatised. Since both possess nearly identical brain and body based survival mechanisms, he focused on what was interfering with the human threat recovery process and then developed tools for restoring people's innate capacity to rebound following overwhelming experiences. Although this class will cover the basics of SE, it will do so from a personal as opposed to a professional perspective. In May 2012, on the day my husband and I were meant to be starting our new life together in Switzerland, I was injured in a gas explosion when the pavement I was walking on in central London blew-up and I was engulfed in a fireball. Yet surprisingly, although it has been a painful and, at points, harrowing experience, I now look back on the explosion as one of the best opportunities of my life. Both literally and metaphorically it rocked my already unstable footing and burnt off the layers of my protective skin and through the help of SE, as well as many wonderful people, I have emerged with a renewed energy and enthusiasm for life.

Bring one of the following:
A half hour chat over coffee to help improve my (very basic) French
A recommendation of an inspiring or otherwise interesting book
A recommendation of an unusual but beautiful place to visit in Switzerland
A toy (ideally soft and cuddly) for my one year old golden retriever
An inspiring or otherwise interesting book
To proof read and give any feed-back on the opening chapters (or more) of my latest novel, The World Inside Me

About the teacher, Cara Perrett

When I was fifteen my school-friend was murdered in an unprovoked sectarian attack. As a result of this, as well as the painful realisation that I too had grown-up with low-grade sectarian prejudices, I founded a charity in Scotland called Nil by Mouth: Having worked with the charity for a number of years, I then moved to London to pursue a legal career, first training as a criminal barrister and then working as a legal adviser for the Home Office, a department of the UK Government. I began writing fiction a few years ago and am currently working on my second book, an autobiographical novel told from the perspective of my dog Yogi.