Martha E. Portney, LPC

Registered Play Therapist

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Martha is also in practice at 6270 Woodside Executive Park, Aiken, SC. 29803.  She has over 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. As a registered play therapist she often uses sand tray therapy to assist with growth and insight and to work through issues with children.  Since 2006, she has incorporated Somatic Experiencing in her work to assist all ages in releasing trauma and restoring resilience and a better sense of well-being.  After completing a three-year certification course, she has stayed involved with this learning and continues to improve her own skills by assisting at other SE trainings.  She is approved by the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute to provide personal sessions, which are a required part of the certification process, for folks  at the beginning and intermediate levels.

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing is a body-awareness approach to trauma.  This work is based upon the realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of life experiences that have left us feeling fearful, hopeless or confused.  Somatic Experiencing restores self-regulation, and returns a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness to individuals who have had these precious gifts taken away.  Peter Levine has applied his work to combat veterans, rape survivors, Holocaust survivors, auto accident and post- surgical trauma, chronic pain sufferers and even to infants after suffering traumatic births.  Trauma does not have to be intense or excessive to affect our ability to be all that we can be.  With this way of releasing trauma that is stored in the body, changes that occur for people seeking help with depression, anxiety, PTSD and other issues are at a much deeper level and allow for restored wholeness and a greater sense of peace.