Unshackle Yourself from the Grips of Trauma.

“Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied,

misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering.”— Peter A Levine, PhD

What is trauma anyway?

Trauma acts as an echo of something you may have gone through that was deeply disturbing, violent, or emotionally distressing. Trauma falls under three categories:

  • Acute Trauma- A singular situation that was a stressful or dangerous event.
  • Chronic Trauma- Repeated and prolonged exposure to stressful or disturbing events.
  • Complex Trauma- The results from exposure to multiple traumatic experiences.

What are some signs that I may have undiagnosed trauma?

  • Re-experiencing your distressing event through intrusive memories, flashbacks, and/or nightmares
  • Avoiding certain people, places, and/or activities that remind you of the trauma
  • Finding it difficult to sleep and/or concentrate. 
  • Feelings of agitation and/or anger
  • Feeling jumpy and/or skittish
  • Emotional numbness

I think I might have some unhealed trauma. What’s my next step?

Somatic Experience Therapy with Peter Cellarius (LMFT).

What can Somatic Experiencing do for me?

SE works upon a foundation that evaluates where a person is “stuck” through any of the fight, flight, or freeze responses. After assessing, your healing journey will then be supported using clinical tools to assist in determining any of your fixated psychological states. 

How does it work?

Picture this: You’re an animal. You were just chased by something with sharp teeth and massive claws, and it definitely wanted to eat you. Luckily, you were fast enough to outrun it, but it shook you to your core! You tremble and shake until your body rids itself of the shock and leftover energy that was prepared for any of the fight, flight, or freeze reactions. That energy gets recycled and released. You move about your day because you were able to rid yourself naturally of that built-up charge.  

Dr. Peter Levine, the creator of SE, recognized this fascinating pattern in wildlife behavior. Animals in the wild are often cycling between a fight or flight, (or freeze) response, followed by discharge and trembling, and getting back to the business of life. However, for us humans, it is often not like this. We often don’t reach this place of discharge, and so the enormous energies that are generated with fight, flight, or freeze become trapped in the body. This can lead to a state of continual activation, watchfulness, fear, and arousal. It is as though we are always in an unsafe place. 

When going through Somatic Experiencing®, the therapist helps your body complete self-protective motor responses, so that the trapped survival energies are released. You will be gently guided to broadening your capacity for holding your sensations and experiences. You’ll be helped to sense your way through the normal oscillations of sensation, but only at levels that you can handle without becoming overwhelmed. This process helps you to develop a greater capacity to handle stress and stay in the present moment. 

“I have come to the conclusion that human beings are born with an innate capacity to triumph over trauma. I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening—a portal opening to emotional and genuine spiritual transformation.”  — Dr. Peter Levine

I’m ready to take the first step…Who can help ME through it?

Peter has spent three years learning and deepening in the application of Somatic Experiencing (SE) and has completed the Advanced levels of SE training.  He has witnessed firsthand the powerful and lasting transformation that SE has brought to a number of his clients.  Phobias, anxieties, and trauma experiences have in many cases transformed in front of his eyes.  Through Somatic Experiencing, Peter gently guides his clients into accessing their bodies’ memories. Using both neurobiological and naturalistic methods, Peter works alongside you to reconstruct your truest, most authentic self. 

By choosing this method, many have been able to restore a deep feeling of inner peace and self-regulation.  You, too have the potential to reach that optimal place of wholeness and vitality once again. 

What Can I Expect in a Somatic Experience Session?

You will learn techniques to become more aware of your body and with that, you will begin to release the physical tension. We do this by integrating:

  • Breathing Exercises
  • Sensation Awareness
  • Physical Exercise
  • Grounding Exercises
  • Counselors may sit face to face with you while you describe the traumatic events while simultaneously helping you navigate the feelings both emotionally and physically that may arise.


I can not speak highly enough of Peter Cellarius, neither in quality or quantity. Peter’s exceptional professionalism, caring disposition, and individualized approach was invaluable in helping me process the sudden loss of a family member – can’t imagine having done it without him. Working with Peter is a tremendously rewarding experience – be ready to put the work in, and you’ll be thrilled with how he’ll meet you where you need.

Daniel L.
San Jose, CA.

Peter is the best therapist I’ve ever spoken to. Period. He takes the time to not only listen to what you’re saying, but also say it back to you in a way that helps you truly define how you feel. He’s so gentle in his approach that it’s very easy to confide in him and not feel judged. He obviously cares about his patients and really does take the time to talk to you. In all our sessions, I never once felt like we were “rushed for time” or that I was on a clock. I highly recommend his services and couldn’t be more satisfied. Thank you Peter!  

Amir K.
Saratoga, CA.

“When you reach out, I will be there to walk with you on your journey.”


Hi, I’m Peter Cellarius.

I work with couples, individuals, and families. I help my clients encounter themselves and reach for growth. Both for themselves and for those they love. I help people searching for peace, connection, and wholeness. And because no single approach is right for everyone, I have training in a range of approaches including Somatic Experiencing (SE), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).