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.
Offers Individual Case Consults to SE Students