Friday October 8th, 2021
12pm – 1:30pm Mountain
More info on October's Community Conversation coming soon!

Mental Wellness In the Line of Duty: Supporting Public Safety Professionals

Friday September 10, 2021
12 – 1:30pm Mountain

In September's SE Community Conversation, we recognized the 20th anniversary of 9/11. 

Come hear a dynamic panel about the unique neurophysiology of emergency responders as told by people who work in the field directly, exploring the hidden challenges they face, and resources available. This community gathering will focus on how SE, a neurobiologically based trauma resolution method can be a resource to public safety professions such as fire fighters and law enforcement, as well as to mental health professionals who work with these communities. This event is free to attend!

Featured Guests:
Left: Kimberly N. Lowe, Ph.D., LCSW, MSW, SEP 

Right: Nicolais Cuyle, former wildland firefighter, MS, LCPC, SEP 

moving through trauma: how fitness can deliberately heal us

Friday August 13, 2021
12 – 1:30pm Mountain

August's SE Community Conversations assembled mental health professionals who are also fitness professionals, sharing perspectives and practices that can make a difference for getting through those stuck spots in life. Dr. Alice Kerby, Margaret Rennerfeldt and Lauren Taub Cohen shared about their path and what they have learned in helping bring trauma resolution to the world through working with the physiology of the nervous system their various fitness modalities.

Featured Guests:

Lauren Taub Cohen, M.S. Ed.

Lauren Taub Cohen is the founder of MetaMinds ®, a company committed to helping children, teens and adults transform challenges and stuck states into opportunities for growth, healing, and well-being. Lauren uses SE principles and practices when facilitating trauma-sensitive Pilates sessions as well as Mindfulness Aloud sessions. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Boston University and an M.S.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education. Lauren is completing her advanced year of SEP training and has been working with SEPs for more than 10 years. She works privately with individuals and has led workshops at businesses, non-profits, therapy centers, schools, and parent associations. Read more about Lauren at www.metamindsnyc.com

Alice Kerby, DPT, SEP

Dr Alice Kerby specializes in Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy and Resiliency Coaching. She holds a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is an expert in movement and working with the nervous system and body to unwind past patterns of trauma and chronic stress. Dr Alice helps her clients and students to gently touch into past trauma patterns that are stored in the body. This leads to restored resiliency in the nervous system, offering a greater ability to make choices from a place of one’s essential self. As a sober woman, she is passionate about bringing these tools to women in recovery to facilitate an engaged life that is hallmarked by ease. She is a teacher, clinician, freelance writer, lover of nature, and adventurer living in San Diego, California.

Dr Alice is an avid outdoors woman and adventurer, and is the creator and founder of The Sober Girls Hiking and Adventure Club. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, She Recovers, the annual Women for Sobriety Conference, The Amazon Corporation and The Holistic Immunity Summit. She is available for individual sessions, workshops, and corporate consulting. You can reach her on social media or via her website Kerbymethodconsulting.com.

Margaret Rennerfeldt, MFA, MAT, SME, SEP

Margaret Rennerfeldt is an SEP and a certified Somatic Movement Educator from the Center for BodyMind Movement in Pittsburgh and a member of the International Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists Association (ISMETA). She is a dancer, choreographer, dance educator and reading specialist as well as a Reiki practitioner.  She holds a BFA and an MFA in Dance & Performance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a Master of Arts in Teaching Reading from Rockford University. Read more about Margaret at www.mindfulmovementtn.com/margaretrennerfeldt

parenting and parenthood during crisis

Friday July 9, 2021
12 – 1:30pm Mountain

Welcome to SEI's public health series, SE Community Conversations, where we gather to have robust conversations about relevant topics that affect the realm of health outcomes and the world of mental health and wellness. Parenting in today’s world can be a challenge. In this gathering, we will explore Somatic Experiencing as a powerful modality, not only to support children’s innate resilience but also to help parents regulate themselves in times of crisis.  

Featured Guests:

Chanti Smith, SEP, LM, CPM (she/her)
Chanti is a SEP, home birth midwife, prenatal, birth, and attachment therapy practitioner, and bodyworker specializing in craniosacral therapy and holistic pelvic care®. She specializes in the field of pre and perinatal psychology, and is committed to supporting families, mothers, and individuals in preconception through postpartum — in preventing, healing, and making sense of deeply impactful experiences in the childbearing years. Chanti also is passionate in supporting reproductive trauma healing (pregnancy loss, abortion, fertility, and reproductive health). In the last few years Chanti’s work has naturally evolved into supporting parents in the early years of parenting, perhaps now that she is a mother. Chanti is a solo mom by choice to a terrifically feisty three and a half year old boy and has experienced first hand the joys and challenges of parenting in today’s world. You can find her at embodiedbeginnings.com or email her directly at chanti@embodiedbeginnings.com

Sara Werner, MA, LP, RPT-S, SEP
Sara received her Masters in Counseling from St Mary’s University in 1995. She is a Licensed Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and has been in the counseling field for 26 years. Sara specializes in working with trauma with all ages, with specialized training in play therapy, EMDR, AIR network, and Somatic Experiencing. Due to her passion for helping others recover from trauma, Sara has immersed herself in the Somatic Experiencing trainings and has been a coordinator for local trainings for many years, as well as an assistant since 2010. She also was a lead assistant for a Somatic Experiencing training 2015-2016. With her colleague Missy Wetterlund, Sara has co-developed Somatic Experiential Play Therapy, a type of play therapy designed to work with children to support their nervous system regulation through experiential play. Sara was the founder and first president of the MN Association for Play Therapy, which has now become a vital and exciting resource for play therapists in the community. Sara is also a frequently requested seminar and workshop presenter, and enjoys presenting on such topics of children, parenting, trauma, and nervous system regulation. In addition, she has also served as an adjunct professor (since 2010) at Bethel University and has helped to develop a program designed to assist therapists in acquiring the necessary educational requirements (as set forth by the Association for Play Therapy) in their journey to become Registered Play Therapists. A link to Sara’s trainings can be found at

Kate O’Shaughnessy Nulty, LCSW SEP
Kate is a psychotherapist and somatic experiencing practitioner who has been in private practice in Long Beach CA for over 20 years. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University Of Southern California in 1997. Following her graduation she worked with Traumatized Foster youth in residential Placement at Hathaway Children and Family Services and served as the clinical director of the Los Angles Commission on Assaults Against Women. In her practice she specializes in shock trauma and complex developmental trauma and works with children, adolescents and adults. Having been trained in many different therapeutic modalities she now uses Somatic Experiencing almost exclusively with her clients. She is a long time Assistant for SE trainings, Mom to 5 kids ages 27-13, and has 3 rescues dogs. Her website is KateNultyLCSW.com.

substance abuse, addiction recovery, and frontiers in neuropsychology

Friday May 14, 2021
12 – 1:30pm Mountain

Welcome to SEI's public health series, SE Community Conversations, where we gather to have robust conversations about relevant topics that affect the realm of health outcomes and the world of mental health and wellness. Advances in neuroscience are rapidly affecting how we understand addiction- how it affects the brain, the body, and the nervous system. Recent advances in brain science and body- based therapies have transformed approaches to healing trauma in the nervous system and methods of crisis stabilization and are making an impact in traditional approaches to for dealing with substance abuse and addiction recovery. In this gathering, professionals from recovery facilities, therapists, and one-on-one support programs will explore successful interventions and new frontiers in addiction recovery.   

Featured Guests:

Robert Hong, BFA, SEP, CAIS II Robert is Assiniborne, Chinese, Métis and Two Spirit.  Robert works as a Counsellor at Native Court workers and Counselling Association of BC in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Robert uses First Nation’s Traditional Healing practices and culture as part of his counseling practices.  He facilitates a Sweat lodge Ceremonies on Squamish Capilano Reserve. He is the Chief of the Four Feathers Society that promotes wellness in Indigenous 2SpiritLGBTIQ+ community.  

Robina Silva, MB, BS FRANZCOG, Current trainee SE New Zealand/Australian program. Robina Silva is an Australian currently living and working in New Zealand for 25 years. Robina previously worked in Australia, United Kingdom and Nepal over  a 15+ year period. She currently serves as medical officer in an addictions service and opioid substitution program with the district health board and local residential rehab program. She has previously worked as clinician in women’s health, family medicine and psychiatry. Robina is generally interested in a wholistic orientation to healthcare including medical practice, homeopathic and energy medicine and psychotherapies – especially in the context of the impact of trauma in a generic sense and in its causative correlation with addictions including substance addictions.       

Greg Struve-MA, SEP Greg Struve received a Master’s in Counseling from the Adler Graduate School in 2006.  He trained at one of the top trauma treatment centers in the world until 2008, when he became a faculty member at Grand Canyon University.  From 2011 to 2016 Greg directed a program that led the field in terms of innovative treatment of anxiety and trauma.  During that time, he made several appearances on A&E’s Intervention. Greg currently an owner and clinical director of a 118 bed, Medicaid-based addiction treatment program located Prescott Arizona.   

Lindy Devine, M.ED., SEP, RCC   Lindy Devine is a graduate of the University of Victoria with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Lindy is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in British Columbia, Canada as well as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Lindy has been counseling others since 1995 and is a client centered practitioner that uses a multitude of counseling theories, strategies and tools. Coming from a strength based, body orientated and holistic philosophy, she creates safety and support to assist people to overcome obstacles and life’s challenges. Lindy specializes in working with gambling and other addictions, PTSD, interpersonal trauma, sexual abuse, stress management, relationship issues and grief and loss. Lindy completed her SE training in 2004 and has been integrating the principles into her work since then. Assisting in SE trainings has been a helpful process for Lindy as she continues to deepen her knowledge about how trauma influences our nervous system. Lindy completed Kathy Kain’s Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists program and is registered for and looking forward to the Somatic’s of Emotions online program in June 2021with Kathy Kain. Currently Lindy is doing an online book study with Deb Dana exploring Polyvagal Theory. When not working, Lindy can be found cooking, gardening, swimming, hiking, tending fire or hanging out in nature.   Check out Lindy’s website at lindydevinecounselling.com or send her an email at lindydevine@shaw.ca

medical mental health matters

Friday April 9, 2021

12 – 1pm Mountain

Welcome to SEI's public health series, SE Community Conversations, where we gather to have robust conversations about relevant topics that affect public health, mental health, and wellness. Today medical providers, Kathy Allan, Aimie Apigian, Mary Jane Beavis and Russell Kennedy discuss the mental health and wellbeing of medical practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The audience for these events is everyone from therapists and coaches, to the specified subject groups, and anyone interested in exploring more ways to access resilience and mental health and wellness for these times. We have a particular focus on neurobiological methods of resolving and supporting people in crisis, in this case, the medical professionals currently working on the frontlines of this pandemic.

Featured Guests:

Kathy Allan RN, HN-BC, HTCP/I, SEP Kathy is the Founder and Director of Trauma-Free Nursing, an education program designed to teach nurses how to take healthcare acquired trauma out of nursing practice. She is a Board Certified Holistic Nurse who served as an instructor in the Healing Touch Program and on the faculty of Beyond Ordinary Nursing where she taught Integrative Imagery to nurses. Her trauma studies include graduation from the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute where she serves as an Assistant in their practitioner training program, the two year Touch Training For Psychotherapists, and two programs for healing developmental trauma: NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) and NeuroAffective Touch (NAT). She currently serves on the Advisory Group for the Crisis Stabilization and Safety Aid for Front Line Workers and First Responders at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Kathy can be reached at info@traumafreenursing.com or at 619-564-0482

Dr. Aimie Apigian, MD MS MPH Dr. Aimie is a Double Board-Certified Physician in Preventive Medicine and Addiction Medicine who specializes in the chronic effects of trauma on the biology. She entered the attachment world first after adopting her son from the foster care system and struggled to find effective solutions for his severe emotional and behavioral issues. She earned her medical degree from Loma Linda University, has a Masters in Biochemistry, a Masters in Public Health, trained 3 years as a general surgeon. and then hit a wall with her own health and discovered her own trauma and attachment issues at the root of her health issues. She runs an intensive Intentional Parenting for Attachment program for families and helps adults accelerate any trauma therapy process by addressing the biological imbalances in trauma. She can be contacted at www.draimie.com or tha@traumahealingaccelerated.com

Mary Jane Beavis, MA, RP, CCC. Mary Jane Beavis, MA, RP, CCC works as a Certified Spiritual Care practitioner and registered psychotherapist in an acute care setting at the Ottowa Hospital. As a cancer survivor, Mary Jane believes in the power of a holistic approach in the healing process by using a person’s spirituality in her therapeutic approach. Her niche is working with palliative patients on the oncology units and providing support for their families. Mary Jane and her colleague published a journal article on their quality improvement called Chart Audit of Spiritual Care Documentation: Continuous Quality Improvement, which can be found in the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, vol. 74, 4: pp. 280-289.

Dr. Russell Kennedy, MD, BSc, RYT Dr. Russell Kennedy, aka “The Anxiety MD” has scientific degrees and advanced training in medicine, neuroscience and developmental psychology. It's not all science though, as he rounds out all that academic training and experience as a certified yoga and meditation teacher and professional stand-up comedian (no joke!) He specializes in treating anxiety in teens and adults and is a medical intuitive. Dr Russ is the author of the book “Anxiety Rx” in which he blends the latest in mainstream practical neuroscience with the more diverse and ethereal insights he gained while living and studying at a temple in India and immersing himself in mind-body practices and somatic therapies once he arrived back home to Victoria BC, Canada. His wife Cynthia is an SEP with two master's degrees with a background in inherited family trauma and developmental psychology, so theories and methods surrounding trauma and somatic therapies are a steady topic of conversation around the house! Russ is among a new wave of medical doctors that are blending in a deeply somatic approach to treatment —because it works! You can contact him at www.dr-russ.com.

The State of Men’s Mental Health

Friday February 12, 2021
12 – 1:30pm Mountain

Welcome to SEI's public health series, SE Community Conversations, where we gather to have robust conversations about relevant topics that affect the realm of health outcomes and the world of mental health and wellness. The audience for these events is everyone from therapists and coaches, to the specified subject groups, and anyone interested in exploring more ways to access resilience and mental health and wellness for these times. We have a particular focus on neurobiological methods of resolving and supporting people in crisis, in this case, the many varied crisis facing men and male identified persons.

Featured Guests:

Michael Kane has trained and studied intensively with many of today’s most insightful teachers. In his private practice, Michael is a trained mindfulness, personal development coach and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) specializing in trauma resolution (both shock and developmental trauma), body centered Somatic therapy, SE healing touch and is an Emotional Connection Facilitator. Michael has also completed many courses and trainings including Kathy Kain's SE Touch Skills training, Raja Selvam's Integral Somatic Psychotherapy (ISP) Training, Body Work & Somatic Education (BASE) training with Dave Berger, Master Classes with Peter Levine, yearlong Non-Dual Teacher and Therapist Training with Peter Fenner, Emotional Connection Certification with Raphael Cushnir and Meditation and Psychotherapy Training Program by Tara Brach. He has over 15 years of experience as a meditation teacher and is the founder and facilitator of the Natural Meditation Community.  Michael is also the author of the book “Pointing To Nothing” (2015). You can view Michael's book at: pointingtonothing.com or purchase at Amazon.com or visit www.naturalbodhi.com.

Burt Rogers, LPC, SEP specializes in mental health and substance use concerns. He enjoys helping others gain insight into their problems and empowering them to make positive changes in their lives. He is a graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor's in Psychology and completed his Master's in Counseling at Stephens College. He predominantly works with homicide survivors in the inner city of Kansas City, using a combination of DBT skills and his training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). Burt was born and raised in the inner city of Kansas City, and his experiences give him a unique insight into the concerns of people from backgrounds like his. The Somatic Experiencing Truma Institute is also proud to call Burt an advisor to of internal work group of Somatic Experiencing Practitioners who are developing adapted SE curriculum with inclusivity of lived experiences in mind. www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/burton-rogers

Thayer Kyusan Case (he/him) has been practicing Somatic Experiencing for 12 years and has assisted all over the country. He weaves SE into all his clinical, coaching, supervision and consulting work with organizations. He works with all ages and identities, as well as families and couples and organizations. These days, Thayer is especially drawn to exploring the work around resilience, cultural trauma, all forms of shock trauma, military veterans/law enforcement, helping heal the wounds of sexual violence, near death experiences, disasters, parenting (and child-ing), spirituality, attachment patterns, aggression, masculinity, and play. Thayer has also been working with Somatic Experiencing Training Institute in the development of a disaster response and crisis stabilization curriculum. During the onset of the COVID-19 crisis he assisted on a team that developed the new Somatic Experiencing SCOPE Crisis Stabilization Safety Aid: traumahealing.org/scope. Thayer (Kyusan is his Buddhist name) has been practicing Zen Buddhism for 23 years and is a senior student in the Mountains and Rivers Order.  His spiritual practice in addition to his practice of Brazilian Jiujitsu deeply informs his SE work. Thayer is also Co-Director of Maverick Psychotherapy Group, a New York group of over 30 psychotherapists who are deeply informed by SE.  www.maverickpsychotherapygroup.com

Sergio Ocampo is a Board Director of the Somatic Experiencing institute and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner based in the financial core of Downtown Los Angeles, California. Sergio focuses on renegotiating the effects of anxiety, depression and trauma emerging from physical, sexual or emotional difficulties. His work includes both somatic and cognitive interventions such as Somatic Experiencing, Generational Trauma Resolution, Narrative Therapy, Affective Neuropsychology, and EMDR. Sergio’s approach is gentle and humanistic in permanently resolving trauma and emotional overwhelm. Sergio researches and writes about how early life adversity, overwhelming experiences and generational trauma affect the nervous system and emotional wellness. Sergio proposes that anyone can achieve happiness, not matter how difficult or traumatic their lives have been. Sergio’s moto is:  Anxiety and Depression are not a life sentence, but a temporary discomfort. Having immigrated at an early age from México, Sergio has a lived experience of poverty and marginalization. Having worked and studied abroad for several years, acquiring four languages fluently, Sergio brings a worldly and experienced approach to therapy and connection to others. Being of a varied and well-travelled cultural perspective, Sergio is able understand diverse points of view and lifestyles, being open to diversity, non-vanilla, LGBTQIA+ and those feeling marginalized. Sergio holds a Master’s degree from Antioch University Los Angeles Clinical Psychology program with a focus on Narrative and Depth Psychology. www.somaticandemdrtherapy.com

Host: Amie Leigh, Director of Public Health Initiatives


Friday January 8, 2021

12 – 1pm Mountain

Welcome to SEI's public health series, SE Community Conversations, where we gather to have robust conversations about relevant topics that affect public health, mental health, and wellness. 

This episode was a lively and entertaining gathering of SE Practitioners, Body-work professionals, and SE Students who discussed and led us through various methods useful in their professional practices, especially during these many months of “online” treatments.

Featured Guests:

Ilene Antelman, RCST, RPP, LMT, SEP centers her practice on Biodynamic Craniosacral & Polarity Therapy. Her work readily gravitates across the spectrum from Polarity and Craniosacral work to soft tissue release, structural alignment, reflexology, Ayurvedic-based meridian and point manipulation and assisted-stretch and release techniques. By focusing on how the body moves, how it holds patterns of old injuries or traumas in the physical, mental or energetic dynamics of the body she addresses not just the symptom of pain but detects the root cause for effective results; unwinding patterns of tension, chronic pain, injury or stress to restore the body to its natural balance and ease. www.SomaticDetective.com

Dan Rindler Dan Rindler GCFP, SE™ Student, is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner since 2006, with a passion for using SE to inform his work with clients from infants through elders. Dan focuses on leading people to refine body awareness, alignment, and coordination as an approach to addressing chronic pain, neurological conditions, balance issues, anxiety or trauma and for improving overall wellbeing. In addition to private practice with the general public, Dan also routinely works with musicians and dancers with injuries. Dan’s Feldenkrais-based program for babies and new parents, “We Grow Together,” has been attended by over 2,500 families, and was the subject of a research study through Vassar College with results published in the Infant Mental Health Journal. The program aims to lead parents and caretakers to bond with their infants through touch that supports development, as they become more attuned to their baby’s bodies and their own somatic experience as a new parent. Dan is currently in the Philadelphia SE training, and will finish Intermediate III in January 2021. www.brooklynfeldenkrais.com www.wegrowtogether.com

Nikita Gupta, MPA is a Certified Health Education Specialist, Registered Yoga Instructor who specializes in Transforming Trauma through Healing and Resiliency in educational as well as public and private settings. She is a recognized leader and educator and has worked nationally with at-risk communities, educational leaders and community service providers. Nikita is the founder of the innovative GRIT Coaching program at University of California, Los Angeles. The GRIT (Guidance, Resilience, Integrity, and Transformation) Program is nationally recognized as a model for excellence in mental health promotion, advocacy, and transformation for students, staff and faculty. As a 2020 Fellow of the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, Nikita designed educational frameworks that are adaptable to various contexts for engaging communities in Trauma-Informed Practice and Embodied Leadership. Nikita’s methodology is interdisciplinary and includes Neurobiology, Positive Psychology and Somatic Education through prisms of Community Health and Social Justice. www.nikitagupta.com

Kirsten (Kaye) Wilkinson, MA, TCTSY-F, E-RYT, RCYT, Mind/Body Practitioner Executive Director, Legacy Motion Legacy Motion is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes sustainable, collaborative programs for survivors of trauma worldwide through restorative movement-based practices. Projects and work are global. If you want to start a yoga, dance, or somatic program in your community contact us at director@legacymotion.org Kaye is also owner of Healing Motion, a place where together we will discover your innate wisdom, restore your embodied strength, and transcend to holistic wellbeing through private sessions, community classes, and free offerings of yoga, somatic practices, and breath work. www.legacymotion.org www.healing-motion.org

Elyn Selu, PhD, is an SEP in training and SE™ Member. Selu began her studies in Chinese medicine, and then switched to Somatic Depth Psychology to further explore the connection between psyche and symptom. In her practice, Selu combines Somatic Experiencing, Authentic Movement, Reiki, acupressure, and Jungian dream and image work. She has taught qi gong, creative writing, Authentic Movement, Reiki, and has created movement meditation classes for those with multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diagnoses. Having studied with Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean teachers and healers, Selu combines epigenetics and ancestral medicine to help clients and students heal family patterns and trauma through a combination of Somatic Experiencing, movement, and mesa work. www.seluhealing.com

Host: Amie Leigh


Tuesday October 20, 2020
12 – 1pm Mountain

Welcome to SEI's public health series, SE Community Conversations, where we gather to have robust conversations about relevant topics that affect public health, mental health, and wellness. 

This gathering featured several disaster relief organization founders and thought leaders in disaster relief and response who, by combined experiences, have served in over 100+ natural disasters. We discussed the kinds of scenarios and challenges we have witness and worked to support around community mental health and wellness. The discussion featured Q&A throughout and participants engaged the panel with interactive dialogue and inquiry. Watch the replay and leave inspired and motivated to respond in your community and beyond!

Featured Guests:
Aaron Titus of Crisis Cleanup and Mountain West VOAD Chair
Lisa LaDue of LionPath International & Team Rubicon
Dr Jen Riegle & Jenny Harrow of IHAN, Integrative Healers Action Network
Jen Silacci, Founder, Therapy Aid Coalition

Host: Amie Leigh

telehealth in covid-19 times: 6 part series


SE International offered this free 6 week series to be a resource to wellness practitioners everywhere who are making the transition to providing telehealth services to adapt to the current conditions of being in a worldwide pandemic that limits our ability to offer in-person mental health and wellness support. This is not a seminar on how to start a telehealth program, nor is it about laws and regulations. It is designed to be a complement to our partner associations who are offering those outstanding programs.

Each session is designed to be a conversation with faculty of Somatic Experiencing International, founded by Dr. Peter Levine, to provide training for practitioners in neurobiological resolutions for trauma. Somatic Experiencing is a powerful mind-body practice that can transform and resolve the over-activation of our nervous systems, which can lead to fight, flight, or freeze reactions, or manifest in the body in other ways when experiencing crisis. SE™ is uniquely valuable to the world in this time of global pandemic, and we are happy to share it with you to support your good work in these challenging times.

At this time we wanted to gather colleagues to share wisdom and to resource one another for the changes we are all making. This series is a community gathering around robust conversations between our esteemed faculty, who are full of wisdom, experiences, and insights as to how the neurobiological principles and the practical applied practice of SE™ supports and enhances a provider's connection with self and with clients in an online context. It is designed to assist therapists, body workers, coaches, wellness practitioners, and the array of people drawn to the deep embodied wisdom of Somatic Experiencing® to be able to regulate nervous systems and restore a sense of safety and wellbeing.

Session 1 – I'm With You, Being in Your Space

April 3, 2020

12 – 1pm Mountain

Today's session in the six part series will deal with concepts related to rapport and relationship, connection and completion. We look forward to your questions and comments as an integral part of this conversation. 

Glyndie Nickerson, M.A., Ph.D., SEP, Trusting and learning from nature and the moment by moment unfolding of the body’s wisdom has been a lifelong fascination and practice, and led to an early engagement with somatic and healing approaches starting in 1993. She is a clinical psychologist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in private practice. Her SE™ work is informed by current neuropsychological research, the biopsychosocial model, object relations, attachment theory, family systems, Jungian, and relational psychoanalysis perspectives, as well as the creative and spiritual blossoming that curiously often accompanies post-traumatic growth. Her meditation practice anchors her work. Glyndie Nickerson is available for individual SE consultation, SEP consultation, online group case SE consultations and for upcoming webinars. gnickerson@traumahealing.org. Please visit Glyndie’s website to learn more: http://glyndienickerson.com/

Dave Berger, MFT, LCMHC, PT, MA, SEP, is available for individual sessions, consultations for SEPs and SE students, and is also offering group online consultations that you kind find listed on his website: www.daveberger.net, dberger@traumahealing.org.


Session 2: Tracking in the Wild, Connecting in Virtual Space

April 10, 2020

12 – 1pm Mountain

Linda Stelte is one of the SE Canadian faculty who has the opportunity to teach SE in multiple locations around the world. In addition to teaching, for over 15 years Linda has been part of a multidisciplinary counselling team that supports people in a variety of challenging and crisis situations in a small rural community. Linda looks forward to connecting in the following ways: individual online consults or online group consult with SE Students at any level and SEPs. Consults with me, will count towards the required credits to be an SEP. She also has limited space for individual sessions with SE students and SEPs, sessions will also count towards the required credits to be an SEP. She can be reached at: lindastelte@shaw.ca or lindastelte@traumahealing.org.



Session 3: Going Deeper: Beyond Talking Heads

April 17, 2020

12 – 1pm Mountain

Watch this session with Joshua Sylvae and Glyndie Nickerson as we take this series even deeper into how to be with the nuances and ways we can go beyond traditional talk therapy models to connect and support our clients (and selves and friends and families) in this time of global high activation.

Joshua Sylvae, PhD, LMFT, SEP, is a faculty member for SE International as well as Peter Levine’s Ergos Institute of Somatic Education. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from the Portland, Oregon area, and is the Executive Director of the (r)evolve Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to educating modern people about human origins and prehistory. Joshua is passionate about Somatics, seeing body-centered awareness as a path for change, working toward the transformation of systems at the individual, familial, and cultural level. You can learn more about Joshua’s work, including classes, individual and group consultations for helping professionals, personal sessions, and other services here: https://sylvae.nethttps://facebook.com/SylvaeHealinghttp://revolvefoundation.org

Session 4: Finding Freedom in COVID-19 Containment

April 24, 2020

12 – 1pm Mountain

Watch Efu and Glyndie touch on an array of topics and techniques and principles for working with our nervous systems through the challenges of physical distancing, both for ourselves, our practices, and working with our clients. Considering aspects of how SE™ relates with boundaries and freedom, and embodiment, this folly of a conversation, and the Q&A, opens space for inclusivity where we all collectively experience the freedom of nervous system regulation and modulation.

Euphrasia “Efu” Nyaki, MED, SEP, Holistic Healing Therapist, Science Teacher, and Family Constellations Facilitator is a body-oriented therapist, trainer, Family Constellation Facilitator, and an international speaker on holistic healing. Originally from Tanzania, Efu lives and works in Brazil. She is a founder of two NGOs including the Afya Holistic Healing Center for Women where she is currently the coordinator training women in holistic healing methods. Efu teaches the SE™ Professional Training in Brazil. She is an International Faculty member of SE™ International, working with Peter Levine & Family Constellations. With Berth Hellinger, she responded to natural disasters in Haiti and South Korea. Efu teaches SE™ & Family Constellation in India, South Korea, Egypt, Hong Kong, China, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, and Tanzania. She gives sessions online through Skype and Zoom in both SE and Family Constellations for generational trauma. Contact information email: efunyaki@gmail.com Whatsapp: +55 83 988882441 Face time: +55 83 988882441


Session 5: Trusting the Collective while Finding our Way

may 1, 2020

12 – 1pm Mountain

Berns and Glyndie converse as consummate educators in the organic unfolding of being here in the collective response to the global pandemic, being related and connected with practitioners around the world, and responding to your questions related to trust, and shared experiences, as we are all finding ourselves in a new paradigm, and gaining a deeper freedom as we learn and share and connect in these sessions.

Berns Galloway, MED, CCC, SEP, Berns Galloway's first professional incarnation was as an elementary teacher in New Brunswick and Northwest Territories, Canada. After 12 years of being in front of the classroom his focus shifted to psychotherapeutic group work. He studied various humanistic approaches and bodywork at PD Seminars, then earned a Masters degree from the University of Victoria in 1995. Berns has worked as a mental health therapist for a non-profit community agency, providing short term therapy to adults, training and supervising volunteers, and supervising graduate students' practica. He also maintains a private practice. In 2000, Somatic Experiencing entered his life and has since been a major focus in his professional orientation. Incorporating SE bodywork/touch has deepened his experience and strengthened the impact of the therapeutic process. Early in his SE learning process, Berns was privileged to be part of a gifted training team working with First Nations peoples on Vancouver Island. The depth of the trauma and commitment to change foreshadowed the transformation through the healing process. He is grateful and humbled to have witnessed this process. For him, it helped him to appreciate the organicity of somatic work, the power of connection, and the necessity of embodying the full range of life's energy. Collaboration and connection is key. We are not meant to go-it alone. He continues to marvel at, and be awed by, the continuous richness Somatic Experiencing offers. Berns teaches the Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced years of the SE Professional Training in the US and Canada. He is available for case consultations with SE practitioners and students. Email: bgalloway@traumahealing.org for more information.

Session 6: Touching into the Resonance- the Art of Listening

May 8, 2020

12 – 1pm Mountain

Kathy L. Kain has practiced and taught bodywork and trauma recovery skills for over 30 years. She teaches in Europe, Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States. Kathy’s trainings cover various interwoven focus areas, including trauma recovery, somatic touch, self-regulation skills, and resilience. These focus areas ultimately weave together into a unified somatic approach to touch, awareness, and relationship. Her educational approach encourages students to engage an ongoing practice that deepens their skills and expertise as they gradually embody the work and make it their own. Kathy is a senior faculty member in the Somatic Experiencing training program, an adjunct faculty member of Sonoma State University, and was a senior trainer for 12 years in the Somatic Psychotherapy training program based in Sydney, Australia. She co-authored the books The Tao of Trauma: A Practitioner’s Guide for Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Treatment and Nurturing Resilience: Helping Clients Move Forward from Developmental Trauma. http://www.somaticpractice.net/


Dr. Abi Blakeslee is faculty member at Somatic Experiencing International and is additionally Dr. Peter Levine’s legacy faculty at Ergos Institute for Somatic Education. Dr. Blakeslee holds a Ph.D. in Clinical and Somatic Psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Her dissertation, with a committee that included Dr. Daniel Siegel, generated original research on the role of implicit memory in healing trauma. Dr. Blakeslee integrates SE with clinical research, secondary trauma interventions, and the psychobiological principles of attachment and shock trauma. She treats individuals, couples, children and families in her clinical practice. Her most recent publication is in the Journal of Neuropsychology (Vol 7 Issue 3) with Dr. Joseph Riordan and Dr. Peter Levine titled, “Attachment Focused Somatic Experiencing, Secure Phylogenetic Attachment, Dyadic Trauma and Completion Across the Life Cycle.” Dr. Blakeslee teaches and consults worldwide. Dr. Blakeslee has ongoing online individual and group case consultations for all levels of Somatic Experiencing students and SEPs. She is involved with developing and implementing evidence-based SE research with non-tribal and tribal communities in rural Montana for the prevention of secondary trauma. She published a chapter in a study on the prevention of secondary trauma from Montana State University: Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity. This research forms the basis of the book Secondary Trauma in the Workplace: Tools for Awareness, Self-Care, and Organizational Response in Montana. Dr. Abi Blakeslee co-wrote a chapter entitled, “Restoring the Nervous System.” She lives in Bozeman, MT with her husband and enjoys the snow, mountains, and rivers with her three young children. If you are an SE student, sign up for SE group and individual consultations. If you put your name on the list, she will send out webinars and research articles that she is involved with. Abi also runs a Somatic Developmental Workshop: Rupture and Repair once or twice a year they can sign up for (postponed until 2021). www.abiblakeslee.com Email: ablakeslee@traumahealing.org