Twig's Se Reflections



A podcast series for Somatic Experiencing® Practitioners and other helping professionals studying the psychobiology of traumatic stress and well-being.


  • 105: Covid Time – So Many Things You Can Do

    04/04/2020 Duración: 01h39min

    These are trying times, and still, there are SO MANY THINGS YOU CAN DO. Yes There Are. Yes You Can. Here's a link to the project mentioned in this episode: SEP's in the Time of Covid-19. There is no fee. A link to this episode's sponsor: You probably need a minute by the river.

  • 104: SEP in the Time of Covid-19

    02/04/2020 Duración: 01h07min

    An episode dedicated to looking at the challenges, and some of the inherent psychobiological influences of the current pandemic. Here's a link to the project mentioned in this episode: SEP's in the Time of Covid-19. There is no fee. A link to this episode's sponsor: Just guessing, You probably need a minute by the river...

  • 103: Let’s Disagree

    02/04/2020 Duración: 06min

    A placeholder episode while I reach toward episode 104 on Covid-19.

  • 102: Difficult Signs of the Right Direction

    16/01/2019 Duración: 01h07min

    Play Episode 102 Here

  • 101: The Practice of Being an SE Practitioner

    01/01/2019 Duración: 01h05min

    Play Episode 101 Here

  • Episode 100 – Where to Start v.2 Has Arrived – Special Episode

    01/12/2018 Duración: 01h16min

    Play Episode 100 Here With Enthusiasm and Excitement I've been returning to publishing works on the internet for SE Practitioners everywhere. This is an inaugural episode for participants in my Where to Start support program for SE Practitioners, though I think it'll be relevant to non-participants as well. I hope you find it interesting and supportive. And if you'd like to join in the Where to Start program, you can do so at any time (though please note that there's a price increase from $125 to $175 this December 2nd at midnight).

  • Catastrophic Thinking, Existential Threats & How SEP’s can help clients when they’re flipping out

    05/02/2017 Duración: 01h51min

    Sometimes things feels like everything is at risk, everything is a threat, everything can take us out. Not everyone has that sense, not everyone who has it has it all the time, but when we have it, it's good to have accompaniment with someone who can accept how we feel while also helping us hold on for when things change.

  • New Years Update for Twig’s SE Reflections

    01/01/2017 Duración: 14min

    Then Again, Hope Springs Eternal - Maybe 2017 won't be so so bad? Let's find out. 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 episodes before reaching 100 are still to come.

  • Holiday Sessions – an episode that almost got away

    06/11/2016 Duración: 45min

    Play Episode 99 Here 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 more appropriate and successful levels of participation with the holidays, including helping them manage or even transform their associated stress response. In the season ahead, it's a good idea to consider the various possibilities in the Holiday Session and what good you might be able to help your clients find in them - even if that is them discovering that they want to tell the holidays to take a hike.

  • 098: Preparing Clients for Surgery

    02/10/2016 Duración: 02h13min

    Play Episode Recording Here 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 and looking forward to the next opportunity to do better. With a cup of tea and a microphone, I'm waving and wishing you well on my way out to the forest where I'll be teaching bushcraft for the next little while. I'll return to the studio toward later September.

  • Tea Interlude Check In During Continuing Publishing Hiatus

    10/09/2016 Duración: 21min

    Play Episode 98 Here 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 piece and also let you know of updates to the primer.

  • 097: Common Mistakes SEP’s Make

    23/07/2016 Duración: 51min

    Play Episode 97 Here 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 "library of experience" develops over time, through countless twists and turns. Some of these are clearly real mistakes. Things we simply will not do once we know better. The list of real mistakes is long and each of us has our own unique way of making them. This episode covers several key mistakes that I believe are extremely common in SE Students and Practitioners everywhere. Cheers for that, we're in good company.

  • 096: Doing Other Stuff

    18/07/2016 Duración: 27min

    Play Episode 96 Here 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 we remember to engage "other things", not just Therapist related stuff. I'd bet we all want to be a well rounded, interesting people; for ourselves, our families and our clients. I'd bet. "Try something new everyday." -Maude

  • 095: After the Accident


    Play Episode 95 Here 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 special and often unique offer of support and guidance for aiding the completion of the autonomic stress response. This episode is a review, encouragement and cheerleading for that opportunity. It's going to take you several hours to listen to.

  • 094: Invitations to Orientation


    Play Episode 94 Here 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 I'll say about Orientation on this podcast project. You may need to approach this in rounds and I've left a few things out that would have been helpful to say...but this is what we've got. Please make use of it as you like. I think you'll see that I put some effort into this for you.

  • 093: To Linger or Move On?

    20/06/2016 Duración: 01h06min

    Play Episode 93 Here 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 encourage lingering or moving on. From calculating how long we can linger, to making sure we don't over stay, developing the skillfulness to know what kind and how much intervention is necessary at what choice point takes time. And it can help to think about the dynamics involved. Here's an episode that breaks down some elements inside the perennial question: should we linger here...or move on.

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

    12/06/2016 Duración: 42min

    Play Episode 91 Here 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 "just being stuck". How to help the stuck thing move again is central to our work and thus bigger than this hour+ long episode but herein lies some empathy and solidarity for the practitioner who feels frustrated and alone in their stuck sessions. Included are suggestions on contracting, language adjustments, invitations to prime the sense of change and background reminders to us all on what's at play and why we can't just "want it to be different."

  • 090: Comedy Improv Games for SE Practitioners


    Play Episode 90 Here Here's a longer 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 group and what insights SE Practitioners can take from them. Games Reviewed Include: Wordball/Nameball60 Second Life StoryPatternsPolyvagal Family PortraitsSpeech of a Life-Time in Numbers from 1-100What-Cha Doing Now?Copy/Paste for Cutting Back the PhraseSlow Motion Ninja RiotTiger-Alien-CowCounting to 20 This episode will probably work best if you break it up game by game.

  • 089: Technique or A Feeling

    10/05/2016 Duración: 18min

    Play Episode 89 Here 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 move sessions in the right direction. And yet, other times there will be a dramatic unfolding that happens simply because the Practitioner has "A Feeling" and follows it. In those moments, technique likely only gets in the way!

  • 088: The Pendulation Terrain

    30/04/2016 Duración: 13min

    Play Episode 88 Here 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 go to see what happens next. If not, various differentiating, mitigating and directing questions will be necessary to help bring about that swing. In this "treading water" episode I borrow the audio version from Chapter 33 of Twig's Guide to the SE Language to share some thoughts on "seeing the Pendulation Terrain" (limits and opportunities of associated experiences) and prime listeners of this podcast for an upcoming episode on priming successful pendulation.

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