About Ireland SE

The Vision

The vision of Ireland SE is to make SE known and available in Ireland by providing well-trained SE practitioners throughout the whole country.

In addition, as an organization our orientation is to those who are dependent for therapeutic support on voluntary and community based organizations.
We want to do this for a number of reasons connected to both the nature of the SE approach and the traumatic history of Ireland itself.

Key features of SE, we believe, are essential and have a specific relevance in Ireland  (1) the focus on the nervous system and its relationship to the event, (2) the human capacity to survive traumatic events in the best way possible for them (3) not pathologising how people have managed life after traumatic events (4) focus on the present tense and (5) the increased ease and well being that is noticeably present as a result of the SE approach.

The second set of reasons has to do with the context of the work i.e. the history of Ireland itself.  We cannot separate the personal experience from the context.

We acknowledge that the recent history of Ireland has had a profound effect both in the north and in the south, each in their own specific ways.  Furthermore, the traumatic history of Ireland, throughout the generations, has a profound impact on how we live today.

The process of peace building requires energy, interest and curiosity in the present and hope for the future.   ISE maintains that because the SE approach through its focus on the integration of terrible events, releases energy for engaging with life as it is being lived.
 “We can understand the present through reference to the past but the past neither explains no determines the present.”  Kurt Levine

The purpose of Ireland SE

The purpose of Ireland SE is to:

  • enable SE trauma support to be available and accessible through-out Ireland
  • provide accessible training in Ireland where previously it was necessary to travel abroad for the training.
  • add to and influence – through clinical practice, information and research – how the impact of traumatic experiences is discussed in Ireland.

The Organisation

ISE was finally established in 2013, as a not-for-profit organization and a company limited by guarantee, known as a Community Interest Company (CIC).  CIC’s were established by the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004, and are regulated by The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies in England.
A community interest company is a business with primarily social objectives whose financial surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community.

Ireland SE CIC provides the first complete 3-year Somatic Experiencing training in Ireland.   The training is accredited by EASE the European Association for Somatic Experiencing  and SETI, the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.

The Structure of the Organisation

All of the organizational work in Ireland SE is done on a voluntary basis.   We also apply for funds through funding agencies and receive financial donations or donations in kind.

This allows us to keep our costs as low as possible in order to make the training accessible to front line workers as already stated, for whom, the cost – financial or social – of travelling abroad in order to become qualified in SE, is prohibitive in many cases.

ISE has a voluntary Board of Directors, a volunteer Co-ordinator and a volunteer Administrator.


ISE also invites internationally recognised trainers, authors and practitioners to Ireland to provided workshops in relation to recent developments in working with trauma.

ISE has also worked in partnership with organisations to provide workshops where there is a shared interest in the embodied experience of trauma as an important  element of psychotherapeutic practice.

ISE agrees with the World Health Organisation’s definition of Mental Health and Well-Being and their statement of Social, Environmental and Economic Determinants of Mental Health.

ISE abides by the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2010)  including its latest statement about supporting “socially inclusive, non-judgemental attitudes to people who identify across the diverse range of human sexualities”  (BACP: Statement of Ethical practice  2012)

ISE also implements Section 75 of …