Tesa Mayorga, SEP, RN, LMT, MPH
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
SE EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
Phone: (520) 312-1751
What is Somatic Experiencing?
SE can be beneficial for anxiety, depression, stress, trauma (emotional/physical), pre or post medical procedures, and more.
SE is a therapeutic approach that addresses stress and trauma through their effects on the body and nervous system to help clients develop more resilience and capacity. It involves developing mindfulness and presence with oneself, including awareness of the body’s felt sense. The goal is not to “get rid of” or “relive” painful parts of one’s story, but to renegotiate difficult experiences and how they are stored and integrated into our body’s systems to bring more ease and joy into our lives. An important part of SE is to work in small “digestible” amounts of material so as to not overwhelm the nervous system and be better integrated. It often looks similar to a traditional therapy session with natural dialogue, and may at times involve movement.
Tesa Mayorga is a Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner and registered nurse. In addition to completing a three-year SE training, she holds a master’s degree in international public health, focusing on women’s health, and has worked with numerous community health and health-education programs across the country. She has worked as a licensed massage therapist, trained as a birth doula, and studied Nonviolent Communication.
The thread that runs through all of Tesa’s education and professional life is a dedication to working for the wellness and dignity of all humans everywhere. Born in Latin America, Tesa came to the US at age 11. From a young age, she has been interested in and devoted to mindfulness practices, and she has studied meditation, yoga, and Buddhist philosophy over the last 30 years. Seeing the trauma apparent in society and in family systems led her to explore various ways of healing the body, mind, and spirit. Through her studies, Tesa experienced and admired many approaches to supporting health, but when she found SE, she felt like she’d arrived “home” to a practice where her interests and experience come together.
After completing the SE training, Tesa completed a year-long course in therapeutic touch for nervous-system regulation called Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists. Touch is a powerful, direct form of communication with the nervous system that can sometimes bypass the cognitive mind for deeper healing. Through SE touch work, Tesa works to support the nervous system in perceiving safety, deepening somatic awareness, and recovery from trauma. (Note: For the moment, touch work will be employed as pandemic conditions allow.)
Tesa’s approach is warm, genuine, collaborative, and compassionate. She works from the premise that each person has an innate capacity to heal and learn from the wisdom of their own body. She works with clients to create together a safe space to explore and reconnect with the deepest parts of the self for a life that allows more authentic expression and life force energy. She brings a social justice perspective to all of her work.
Tesa enjoys nature, meditating, yoga, photography, poetry and spending time with friends and family. She loves to laugh and hopes to someday play the guitar and grow a successful garden.