Small Group Case Consultations

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Consult participants share about their experience:

“Your steady presence and ability to join with each participant and the group as a whole. Ability to respond to the questions submitted ahead of time as well as the organic flow of the conversations. Super helpful coaching around ways to integrate SE effectively in social justice and group work contexts.”

“I liked how you made a point to make the information practical, easy to apply clinically. Also, it was a good combination of staying on point but allowing for some interesting tangents.”

“Your depth of experience, and the way you create a really safe space for beginners to explore SE skills - learning from others' experiences.”

About Sage Hayes + somatic experiencing:

Sage Hayes, SEP, LMT

Sage Hayes, SEP, LMT

After completing massage and polarity therapy training, Sage Hayes began Somatic Experiencing in San Francisco in 2006 and completed in 2009.  Sage's teachers for beginning and intermediate year were Ariel Giratto and Raja Selvam.  Advanced Year teachers were Steve Hoskinson and Kathy Kain. 

Sage offered a full-time private practice integrating massage therapy, craniosacral therapy and SE from 2010-2016 in Portland Maine.  Currently Sage continues with a small part time practice is lead assistant for SE trainings for Auckland, New Zealand with Bern Galloway and Advanced SE in Austin, TX (2019) and Durham, NC (2020) with Lael Keen and the Lead Assistant in Athens, Greece (2020).

Sage began assisting in 2010 with Lael Keen, Russell Jones and Dave Berger and has assisted for 12 faculty in total including Peter Levine.   .    

Sage teaches online and in-person Beginning Principles of Somatic Experiencing for the SE Trauma Institute.

Sage's work with SE students focuses on deepening presence, attunement and the art of SE. 

Focus areas are:

SE Assisting Team 2016, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

SE Assisting Team 2016, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

  • SE Basics - theory, tools and techniques

  • Developmental trauma

  • Integration of bodywork and SE

  • Deepening therapeutic touch work

  • Creating conditions for transformation

  • Relational rhythm and coherence

  • Social justice dynamics

  • LGBTQ+

  • Adoption

In June of 2018, Sage presented a lecture and workshop called Somatic Practice with Marginalized Communities at the SE European Conference in Potsdam.   Sage also moderated the final panel with Peter Levine, Marianne Bentzen, David Reis and Heike Bill.  

Sage co-published a SE research paper in 2017 called Somatic Experiencing® Informed Therapeutic Group for the Care and Treatment of Biopsychosocial Effects upon a Gender Diverse Identity.  Also published an article in Massage Magazine entitled: "These 4 Essential Skills Will Help You Practice Trauma Informed Massage".

Sage co-founded the SE Working Group on Racial Justice (SERJ) which recently raised $20,000 for scholarships for SE students of color. SERJ has over 550 members from around the world exploring the intersection of somatics, SE, racial justice, oppression and liberation at

Integrating SE Theory and principles at consultations

SE Consultation is an integrative aspect of your SE training.  The intention of a case consultation is to enhance and deepen your understanding and application of SE.

It will allow time for you to ask personalized questions as well as help you integrate SE work into your specific practice.  Together, we will focus on areas most helpful for your SE learning.   

Each consultation will start with a round of introductions of attendees, your primary practice, application of SE and any specific questions you are bringing to the consult.

You will then be invited to share a brief (and confidential) description of your client and their background (around 5-10 minutes depending on the complexity of their history and presentation).  We will then explore aspects of the case and dive deeper into assessment about what is working and where different aspects of SE application might be applied. 

We will have time for 1-2 cases to be presented.   

To learn more about Sage's SE background, click here.

After your purchase

You will receive confirmation of the details via email for accessing the group consultation.

Signed session logs

For SE students, each 1 1/2 hour group consultation counts as .5 credit of group case consultation towards your SEP certificate requirements. Following your group consultation, you will receive a follow-up email confirming your attendance at the group consultation.   This email can be submitted to SETI with your other log sheet requirements for completion of the Somatic Experiencing Practitioner criteria.

Beginning year topics:

  • The physiological basis of trauma and identify how maladaptive physiological responses to threat, and their lack of resolution, may contribute to the formation of PTSD symptoms.

  • Tracking sensory and sensory-motor experience in clients and convert other elements of experience into sensory and sensory-motor experience.

  • Working through disorganized sensory and sensory-motor experience using the concepts of orientation, stabilization, containment, resourcing, titration, pendulation, and self-regulation to discharge un-discharged arousal in order to help organism return to homeostasis.

  • Identifying adaptive and maladaptive physiology of activation and deactivation in animals and human beings exposed to threat and its aftermath, such as incomplete orienting and defensive responses of fight, flight, and freeze.

  • Working with language that supports the tracking of sensation.

  • Understanding the function of the threat response cycle including: the preparatory and defensive orienting responses; the startle response, the protective/defensive survival responses, and the exploratory orienting response.

  • Identifying the function of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) in the threat response cycle.

  • Identifying symptoms of, evaluate, and restore ruptured boundaries.

  • Proficiency at tracking skills, titration of client's arousal levels, and establishing continuity through the felt sense.

  • The ability to empower clients to establish, complete and discharge defensive orienting responses, and fight, flight and freeze protective survival responses.

  • Understanding of, and skills in working with, the elements of internal experience as presented in SIBAM model: Sensation, Image, Behavior, Affect and Meaning.

  • Basic knowledge and skills in working with coupling dynamics (under- and over-coupling). Begin to understand how coupling dynamics can relate to the elements of SIBAM.

  • Distinguishing between joining and merging with client experience. Identify the signs of merging and demonstrate the establishment of healthy joining/attunement with client.

  • Identifying different types of touch common in Somatic Experiencing® sessions.

  • Facilitating the re-regulation of the ANS by restoring gentle cycles of sympathetic and parasympathetic interplay.

  • Expanding a client’s tolerance of their bodily sensations; begin to uncouple the fear response to the traumatic event.

Intermediate topics:

  • Identify the hallmarks and common symptoms of a nervous system displaying Global High Intensity Activation (GHIA). 

  • Identify the key defensive impulses, symptoms and typical coping mechanisms of pre-and peri-natal trauma.

  • Demonstrate understanding of, and skills in working with, High Impact Accidents/Failure of Physical Defense (motor vehicle accidents, falls, etc).

  • Demonstrate understanding of, and skills in working with inescapable attack (animal attack, rape, sexual abuse, escape inhibited).

  • Demonstrate understanding of, and skills in working with, High Impact Accidents/Failure of Physical Defense (motor vehicle accidents, falls, etc).

  • Demonstrate understanding of, and skills in working with, rape and sexual abuse.  

  • Demonstrate understanding of, and skills in working with, physical injury including: surgery, poisoning, and burns.

  • Demonstrate understanding of and skills in working with anesthesia trauma.

  • Identify ways to help prepare children and adults for surgery to minimize trauma.

  • Demonstrate understanding of, and skills in working with, Natural Disasters i.e. earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, floods, social dislocation from the natural world and community.

  • Demonstrate understanding of, and skills in working with, Horror i.e. seeing an accident (especially with blood, gore); watching someone else be abused, raped, killed or tortured; killing or hurting someone yourself.

  • Demonstrate how to work with survivor guilt and the conflicting impulses toward personal survival and helping others.

  • Demonstrate understanding of, and skills in working with, Torture and Ritual Abuse i.e. war torture, repeated rape in war, concentration camp, and systematic abuse (sometimes with the person drugged).

  • Identify the dynamics of symptom formation in, and demonstrate how to work with clients displaying symptoms of, emotional and/or developmental trauma.

Advanced topics:

  • SE™ concepts of coherence and containment and their importance in working with syndromal patterns.

  • Coherence

  • The role of the three key systems in the Polyvagal Theory: Dorsal Vagal System (DV), Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS), Ventral Vagal System (VV).

  • Characteristics of the dysfunction found in the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) as per the SE™ definition of syndromes.

  • How titration is critical in working with SE™ syndromes.

  • Application of the Energy Wells model of working with syndromes

  • The ability to apply titrated stimulations to ANS responses within the category of SE™ defined as syndromes.

  • Ability to track coherence via touch

  • SE™ model of working with joints

  • Identify at least 3 of the body diaphragms

  • SE™ model of working with diaphragms as containers of affect

  • Order of focus for touch work as used in the SE™ model, and identify clinical reasons that the usual order may be varied in particular situations.

  • Visceral work allows direct intervention with the dorsal vagal system and its feedback loop.

  • Ethical standards for the use of touch which are applicable to each trainee’s scope of practice, depending on type of professional licensure and training.