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This letter serves to inform you of what I offer and what I do not offer in the
Somatic Experiencing® sessions, describes my background, and will orient you to
our professional relationship. Please read this information carefully before
signing. If you have any questions, please feel free to discuss them with me.
Somatic Experiencing® (SE) is a short-term naturalistic approach to the resolution
and healing of trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine and is supported by research.
The word “trauma” in this sense covers a wide range of physical and psychological
symptoms that result from the effect of accumulated stress on human physiology.
SE is based upon the observation that wild prey animals, though threatened
routinely, are rarely traumatized. Animals in the wild utilize innate mechanisms to
regulate and discharge the high levels of energy arousal associated with defensive
survival behaviors. These mechanisms provide animals with a built-in “immunity’’
to trauma that enables them to return to normal in the aftermath of highly
“charged’’ life-threatening experiences.
SE supports individuals in completing basic fight, flight, and freeze response
patterns that remain inhibited after stressful or traumatic experiences. The
completion of these response patterns brings a greater capacity for self-regulation
as well as an increased sense of well-being, and integration. Even though SE
primarily targets issues of trauma, it is also an effective way of supporting
individuals interested in expanding their ability to authentically be in the world
physically, psychologically, and spiritually.
SE employs awareness of body sensation to help people "renegotiate" and heal
rather than re-live or re-enact trauma.
SE's guidance of the bodily "felt sense," allows the highly aroused survival
energies to be safely experienced and gradually discharged.
SE may employ touch in support of the renegotiation process.
SE “titrates” experience (breaks down into small, incremental steps), rather than
evoking catharsis - which can overwhelm the regulatory mechanisms of the
Levine, P. (1997). Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma. Berkeley, CA: North
Levine, P. and. Kline, M. (2007). Trauma Through A Child’s Eyes: Awakening
the Ordinary Miracle of Healing. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
Levine, P. (2010). In an UnspokenVoice: How the Body Releases Trauma and
Restores Goodness. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
For further references and information online about SE go to
Sessions are 60 minutes in length at $85 per session ($80 per session if paid by check or cash). As we work together,
we will both be assessing the process. While some clients may need only a few
sessions, others may benefit from more sessions over a longer period of time. You
are in complete control and may end the sessions at any point.
Your regular appointment time is reserved for you and you are responsible for
providing a minimum of 24 hours advanced notice of cancellation. If you do not
provide 24 hours notice, you will be responsible for the full session fee.
I am a certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner and an approved SE Assistant
for SE trainings. I receive supervision from an approved SE Consultant, and
continue to attend advanced SE trainings.
In my work, I take the role of an educator who supports clients in developing the
necessary awareness towards physical and mental processes that leads to the
resolution of symptoms resulting from unresolved trauma and stress. Even though
SE is often used in conjunction with psychotherapy or bodywork, I do not offer
psychotherapy or bodywork.
My work as an educator in my SE sessions is also informed by my training in
Focusing and over 20 years of Buddhist meditation practice; and I may employ
aspects of Focusing or meditation in our sessions.
I have completed the five levels of Focusing training. Regarding my meditation
practice, I have studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. I
lived in a Rinzai Zen Monastery for six years and was ordained for four of those
years. My training in Vipassana Meditation includes doing extended meditation
retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and India as well as numerous retreats in the
U.S. Following the tradition, I received permission to teach Vipassana from Eric
Kolvig. I lead retreats and teach meditation courses nationwide.
I also have a Master’s degree in Counseling from Western New Mexico
I look forward to the opportunity of working with you and supporting your unique
unfolding of growth and healing.
Please read the following statements and sign below so that we are clear about the
parameters of our sessions. If you have any questions, please feel free to discuss
them with me.
I give Brian Lesage permission to facilitate my inner exploration using the
modalities of Somatic Experiencing, Focusing, and meditation.
I understand that I may terminate my sessions at any time and that, at
termination, a closure session is generally recommended.
I understand that Brian Lesage does not provide psychotherapy or
I understand any information I provide during SE sessions with Brian
Lesage is confidential. Brian will not disclose information without my
consent except as indicated below:
If I demonstrate credible threat to harm myself or others.
Any information that indicates neglect or abuse of a minor child or
dependent adult or elder abuse.
I give Brian Lesage permission to use touch if he and I consider it
appropriate for facilitating my exploration. I understand that this touch is not
intended to manipulate tissue, is non-sexual, and is only used when
necessary for the support of awareness. I also understand that it is my
responsibility to inform Brian if I am at any time uncomfortable with touch.