“Jennifer Slater is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, certified to work with trauma, stress, and its debilitating symptoms. She has a Master’s Degree in Somatic Psychology and is currently working towards her Ph.D, researching how trauma affects shy personalities. Jennifer also has training in Hakomi, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Body-Mind Centering, Mindfulness, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Hanna Somatics, and other body/mind disciplines. She has also studied anatomy and physiology, holistic nutrition therapy, trauma release for yoga therapy, and Zen meditation mindfulness training. She loves her work and how much it has benefited her own healing and she is honored to share it with others in their own journey.”
About Jennifer Slater
Jennifer Slater’s Somatic Experiencing® (SE) certification comes from years of training in Trauma Resolution with Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Diane Poole Heller, Ariel Giarretto, Robert Scaer, Bessel van der Kolk, and Somatic Experiencing Touch Training with Kathy Kain. Informing her work also comes from participation in years of inquiring how the body holds trauma.
Jennifer has also been a yoga practitioner and registered teacher for almost over two decades believing that the anatomical pathways of the body and the postures within work to show hidden traumatic patterns. She specializes in yoga therapeutics believing that nervous system regulation is the key to unlocking held patterns in the body and mind. Jennifer is a registered holistic nutritionist (RHN), Prajna yoga therapy teacher (CYT), cranial sacral practitioner, and professional counselor (MA). She is a registered member in the Yoga Alliance with over 1000 hours, International Association of Yoga Therapists, American Vini Yoga Institute Member, International Alliance of Health Care Educators, Upledger Institute Registered Therapist, Foundation For Human Enrichment Member, also a registered with the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy.
Due to my diverse training in various healing arts modalities I have been able to offer survivors of sexual violence release from the somatic holding that is lingering on in their bodies. I offer a variety of approaches taken from the clients perspective of what they feel would be best for them to help support their healing process.
My Interest in Working with Survivors
I want to try to make a difference and help heal trauma in a way that is truly long lasting. Helping those that feel like they have ‘tried everything’ and still know there is something left that is holding them back. I want to offer a well of safety and healing possibilities for individuals that are vulnerable, confused, and stuck in the vortex of trauma. I also want to teach those suffering that they have the power to learn and trust their own bodies again and from that reclaim their own strength and potential to heal.
My Approach to Trauma-Informed Care
Somatic Psychology works with the dialogue between mind and body to help healthy patterns reassert themselves. The process uses mindfulness, which invites the observing, non-judging part of us to witness our patterns, perceptions, and reactions with curiosity. The process of engaging a “neutral” part of ourselves in this way uses different parts of the brain than the parts occupied by stuck patterns and faulty perceptions. In and of itself, mindfulness helps the nervous system relearn to make accurate perceptions of its environment. As perceptions change, nervous system regulation and defense responses change as well. Bringing attention to thoughts, images, sensations in the body, and impulses all facilitate this new dialogue between mind, body, and emotions.
I offer a variety of approaches taken from the clients perspective of what they feel would be best for them to help support their healing process. There modalities include; Somatic Experiencing, Somatic Attachment (DARE), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Body-Mind Centering, Hakomi, Mindfulness training, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Hanna Somatics and Yoga therapy.
How Somatic Experiencing® Holistically Address the Impacts of Sexual Violence
Somatic Experiencing (SE) therapists have to learn to watch, not just listen; to know when to slow down, when to point out and explore a physical response. We must learn how to ask open-ended questions that invite curiosity about one’s experience in the moment. Our job is to support the client in accessing what is happening inside at the physiological level, and then to assist in the return to self-regulation. We are restoring the client’s system back to an organic level of functioning. The client grows in self-mastery, and the therapist is merely the guide.
Modifications for Survivors
I work with clients to let them lead and not have a focused agenda feeling instead that they are the most qualified person in the treatment room for their own healing potential. I imagine that the client is a kite and I am the reel, the string is their nervous system and the conditions of the environment are the cognitive holding of the trauma. I am there to reel them in if I feel they need more support and holding or letting them go and play. So in effect I am there for holding and protection and guidance and they are there to learn how to fly correctly, which creates resiliency.
In the SE model, we consider our work to focus on resolving the strategies for coping with nervous system dysregulation. This dysregulation can occur as the result of trauma, but may occur even in the absence of specific traumatic events—early attachment issues, for example. What is primary to us is to restore the nervous system to a natural state of regulation. To this end, SE is well integrated with many modalities of therapy, adding richness and depth to other methods that may have a more primary focus on the emotional or cognitive aspects of experience. What is most important about the SE way of working with a client is our focus on the physiological, the sensations, and the body.
I work with a sliding-scale of $75 – $150 per session and offer a limited number of slots of those that need to go a bit lower due to financial hardship.