Psychotherapist Michelle George Uses Body’s Power To Heal … Releasing Unresolved Stress, Trauma, Tension

Psychotherapist Michelle George
Los Alamos Daily Post

Psychotherapist Michelle George knows that talking is not always enough. George is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Her own experience of chronic body pain led her to explore the realms of Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) where for the first time in years she found relief.

She is a trained Somatic Experiencing Educator and Certified Trauma Releasing Exercise Practitioner. Her work pinpoints and releases unresolved stress, trauma and tension in the body.

These techniques use the healing power of our own bodies to provide relief for mental and physical distress, George said.

George has recently expanded her business to Los Alamos. She has practiced in Santa Fe for 12 years. George sees children over 10, adults and couples. She is in Los Alamos on Mondays and will add more days as her practice grows. Although she cannot take insurance at this time, George offers her clients a sliding scale of payment.

Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises® (TRE) releases deep chronic muscle contractions, which are created by persistent stress or trauma. These tremors mimic the body’s natural response for releasing trauma by creating neurogenic tremors that start from the inside of the muscle and move outward, George explained

“Animals in the wild don’t experience lasting negative effects from traumatic situations because they, like humans, are designed to literally shake out the tension that builds in the muscles during times of stress and trauma,” she said. “Humans have been conditioned out of this natural response because we fear looking silly or out of control. Doing TRE’s on a regular basis will not only rid the body of accumulated stress and trauma from the past, but keep any current stress and trauma from building up.”

Somatic Experiencing® (SE) is another tool in George’s practice. SE releases stress and trauma without re-traumatization.

“Sometimes the mind does not remember the incident or incidents that caused the trauma, but our body always remembers everything that happens to it,” George said. “SE allows the individual to complete the trauma response that has become stuck inside the body in a slow, gentle manner. The individual is guided in a slow and supported way to release the instinctual fight, flight or freeze responses. The nervous system is reset, restoring inner balance.”

George’s office is at 1350 Central Ave., Suite 204. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 505.699.1374. Visit her website at