Somatic Science is based on the scientific method and metacognition

Metacognition is an awareness of one's own thought processes and an understanding of the patterns behind them. The term comes from the root word meta, meaning "beyond", or "on top of". Metacognition can take many forms, such as reflecting on one's own ways of thinking and knowing when and how to use particular strategies for problem-solving. There are generally two components of metacognition: (1) knowledge about cognition and (2) regulation of cognition.
The scientific method works like this: ​ Observation: The first step of the scientific method involves making an observation about something that interests you. Question: Once you've made your observation, you must formulate a question about what you have observed. Hypothesis: This is a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation. This is a key component of the scientific process. Methodology:  The means used to test the validity of the hypothesis. Experiment: A procedure undertaken to test a hypothesis.  Results: Here you find out whether the hypothesis you made was correct or needs to be modified.
The Stress/Threat Response Cycle. The key word here is cycle. When faced with a threat or stress, the body responds by mobilizing energy to deal with that stress or threat. This is the activation phase. Then, when the event is over, a similar response occurs, but in reverse. This is the deactivation phase. Letting the energy generated to meet the stress/threat back out of the body and re-establishing a kind of equilibrium: a state of relaxed alertness.
Interoception is contemporarily defined as the sense of the internal state of the body. This can be both conscious and non-conscious. It encompasses the brain's process of integrating signals relayed from the body into specific subregions—like the brainstem, thalamus, insula, somatosensory, and anterior cingulate cortex—allowing for a nuanced representation of the physiological state of the body. This is important for maintaining homeostatic conditions in the body and, potentially, facilitating self-awareness.

Somatic Science™ uses the scientific method and metacognition to greatly reduce or minimize unhappiness (developmental trauma). We incorporate SE™, the polyvagal theory, parts-work and relational dynamics to this end. 

In this view, unhappiness is simply being uncomfortable with oneself most or all of the time. It results from adverse childhood experiences (ACE) that cause developmental or persistent trauma. Happiness is simply the absence of suffering - peace, calm and equanimity.

The Somatic Science™ approach is goal-oriented and non-pathologizing. In summary, it works like this:

Clinical presentation:

In our experience, most of us who have experienced 2 or more ACEs are unhappy due to feeling unsafe. This generates an implicit experience of life as though something is wrong, always. This experience is implicit and based on autonomic nervous system (ANS) processes that cause us to be governed by the threat response cycle (TRC). Due to the inherent nature of the functioning of the ANS while in the TRC, metacognition is not available to us. Without metacognition, higher brain functions connected to basic reasoning processes (neurocognition) are offline and the experience of suffering cannot be made explicit. Basic reasoning could easily allow an individual to determine that their implicit experience of unsafety (something is wrong) isn't linked to their actual sensate experiences of time and place at any given moment - it would be rendered explicit. Consequently, we would inevitably deduct that these experiences arise out of a different time and place which is not linked to an ongoing, moment-to-moment experience of here-and-now. For the sake of simplicity, we can call these interoceptive threat activation signals that are caused by adverse childhood experiences (ACE). 

Methodology:

a. Establish therapeutic safety & appropriate boundaries with Relational Dynamics

b. Make the experience of unhappiness (unsafety) explicit

c. Re-introduce metacognition using parts-work, dialectical and therapeutic inquiry (Relational Dynamics)

d. Test to verify that the experience of happiness (safety) has been re-discovered

                                    

Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). For example: experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect witnessing violence in the home or community having a family member attempt or die by suicide Also included are aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding, such as growing up in a household with: substance use problems mental health problems instability due to parental separation or household members being in jail or prison
Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). For example: experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect witnessing violence in the home or community having a family member attempt or die by suicide Also included are aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding, such as growing up in a household with: substance use problems mental health problems instability due to parental separation or household members being in jail or prison
The Stress/Threat Response Cycle. The key word here is cycle. When faced with a threat or stress, the body responds by mobilizing energy to deal with that stress or threat. This is the activation phase. Then, when the event is over, a similar response occurs, but in reverse. This is the deactivation phase. Letting the energy generated to meet the stress/threat back out of the body and re-establishing a kind of equilibrium: a state of relaxed alertness.
Metacognition is an awareness of one's own thought processes and an understanding of the patterns behind them. The term comes from the root word meta, meaning "beyond", or "on top of". Metacognition can take many forms, such as reflecting on one's own ways of thinking and knowing when and how to use particular strategies for problem-solving. There are generally two components of metacognition: (1) knowledge about cognition and (2) regulation of cognition.
Metacognition is an awareness of one's own thought processes and an understanding of the patterns behind them. The term comes from the root word meta, meaning "beyond", or "on top of". Metacognition can take many forms, such as reflecting on one's own ways of thinking and knowing when and how to use particular strategies for problem-solving. There are generally two components of metacognition: (1) knowledge about cognition and (2) regulation of cognition.
Metacognition is an awareness of one's own thought processes and an understanding of the patterns behind them. The term comes from the root word meta, meaning "beyond", or "on top of". Metacognition can take many forms, such as reflecting on one's own ways of thinking and knowing when and how to use particular strategies for problem-solving. There are generally two components of metacognition: (1) knowledge about cognition and (2) regulation of cognition.
Relational Dynamics is the Somatic Science approach to healing within a safe therapeutic container. The container is made out of goodness, trust in life and trust in the other as oneself. In a world where we feel safe, we feel like the "other" is a brother or a sister. Relational Dynamics is the experintial foundation of Somatic Science.
Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). For example: experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect witnessing violence in the home or community having a family member attempt or die by suicide Also included are aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding, such as growing up in a household with: substance use problems mental health problems instability due to parental separation or household members being in jail or prison
The autonomic nervous system, formerly the vegetative nervous system, is a division of the peripheral nervous system that supplies smooth muscle and glands, and thus influences the function of internal organs. The autonomic nervous system is a control system that acts largely unconsciously and regulates bodily functions, such as the heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, pupillary response, urination, and sexual arousal. This system is the primary mechanism in control of the fight-or-flight response.
The autonomic nervous system, formerly the vegetative nervous system, is a division of the peripheral nervous system that supplies smooth muscle and glands, and thus influences the function of internal organs. The autonomic nervous system is a control system that acts largely unconsciously and regulates bodily functions, such as the heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, pupillary response, urination, and sexual arousal. This system is the primary mechanism in control of the fight-or-flight response.
Relational Dynamics is the Somatic Science approach to healing within a safe therapeutic container. The container is made out of goodness, trust in life and trust in the other as oneself. In a world where we feel safe, we feel like the "other" is a brother or a sister. Relational Dynamics is the experintial foundation of Somatic Science.
Relational Dynamics is the Somatic Science approach to healing within a safe therapeutic container. The container is made out of goodness, trust in life and trust in the other as oneself. In a world where we feel safe, we feel like the "other" is a brother or a sister. Relational Dynamics is the experintial foundation of Somatic Science.
Interoception is contemporarily defined as the sense of the internal state of the body. This can be both conscious and non-conscious. It encompasses the brain's process of integrating signals relayed from the body into specific subregions—like the brainstem, thalamus, insula, somatosensory, and anterior cingulate cortex—allowing for a nuanced representation of the physiological state of the body. This is important for maintaining homeostatic conditions in the body and, potentially, facilitating self-awareness.
Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years)

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Federico works as a specialist in somatic psychotherapy in the US, Mexico and Central America. He has studied and experienced nondual psychology since 1995 with the Gurdjieff Foundation of San Francisco, the tradition of Zhineng Qigong (Direct Wisdom in Action) since 2006 and then the teachings of Jean Klein, Robert Adams in transmission from his disciples Laura and Francis Lucille.