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Other Local Specialized SE Practitioners:
Kate O’Shaughnessy Nulty, LCSW, SEP: Kate specializes in working with families, and children. She also works with perinatal issues (ones that occurred around the time of birth).
Larry Kessler, SEP: Larry has his M.A. in Psychology, and is trained in a variety of modalities, including Brainspotting, NLP, Family Constellations, and Shamanism.
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute:
Main Website: The SETI website is new and improved, offering more information about Somatic Experiencing, SE training for practitioners, blogs, current events, etc.
Dr. Peter Levine’s personal website provides updates on the trainings, seminars and publications offered by the founder of Somatic Experiencing.
Books and Publications:
Trauma: Many people ask me what they could read to better inform themselves regarding trauma and somatic psychotherapy. Peter Levine’s “In An Unspoken Voice” is the first book I usually recommend, because it is so thorough, well-researched and inclusive of so many different schools of healing. It’s dense, but accessible and a great read.
Children: For parents and other adults working with kids, there are two versions of a book written by Peter Levine and Maggie Kline (who was my own SE teacher). “Trauma-Proofing Your Kids” is the condensed, layman-friendly version, whereas “Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes” is more extensive and research oriented. Both are wonderful resources for helping children develop and access their own inner resources to build resilience in the face of adversity.
Stress and Illness: Dr. Gabor Mate is a Hungarian born physician who lives and works in Canada. He uses a harm reduction model, and he works with multiply diagnosed persons who have mental illness and addiction. Dr. Mate wrote a book describing the relationships between trauma, stress and major disease processes. “When The Body Says No” draws on case examples, copious research and physiology. In my opinion, it’s very brief regarding potential remedies for the stress-processing problems he describes in such detail. Please keep in mind that somatic psychotherapies are designed to re-regulate the chronic stress response (and lifestyle).
Outside of this publication, Dr. Mate has become somewhat controversial for his advocacy of ayahuasca in the treatment of PTSD. This is a stance which I personally do not agree with. I see the somatic psychotherapies as a much more gentle and less dangerous manner of metabolizing the stuck traumatic memories and responses.
Developmental Trauma: Drs. Larry Heller and Aline LaPierre are both very experienced practitioners of somatic psychotherapy. They co-authored a book called Healing Developmental Trauma. This book describes some of the core dynamics of developmental trauma, and goes into some of the approaches to heal it.
Attachment: Jeremy McAllister is a Hakomi trained therapist in Portland, OR. He wrote a two part article for GoodTherapy.org explaining the dance of anxious/avoidant attachment. I consider this article a masterpiece. It takes the concepts out of dry academia and into the felt experience of everyday people.
Car Accidents: For those suffering from the traumatic aftereffects of auto accidents: Dr. Heller’s previous book, co-authored with his ex-wife, Diane Poole Heller, is a wonderful work that can be used conjunctively with somatic psychotherapy. “Crash Course” provides education and guidance to help the body release the traumatic residue of auto accidents.
Chronic Pain: Maggie Phillips and Peter Levine have co-authored “Freedom from Pain“. The book details how to work with and deactivate the nervous system’s “loops” of chronic pain.
Articles and Websites:
(These are listed in no particular order. I continue to add to the list on an ongoing basis, as I discover more articles that I feel are particularly helpful.)
The Importance of Sleep: “Sleepless in America” is a free online documentary I recommend to nearly all of my clients. It was produced in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (USA). Basically, they want this information to get out there, about how incredibly vital it is to get enough sleep. If you haven’t watched it–please do.
Bodynamics: The Bodynamics approach to trauma healing was founded in Denmark. It works with human developmental stages, and the associated muscles for each new function that comes on line as the child grows. Bodynamics informs the work of many SE practitioners. You can find a wonderful article about developmental shock trauma here. It’s written by two master SE practitioners, who are also informed by the contributions of Bodynamics: Dr. Raja Selvam and Dr. Lori Parker.
Freeze Response: Dr. Leon F. Seltzer wrote a wonderful article for Psychology Today about trauma and the freeze response. He does a great job of explaining why we might go into immobility, even at times when this response works directly against our best interests.
Conforming to Social Pressures: Joe Brewer has written a wonderful piece about the profound stress on our physiology, when we go against whatever the predominant culture is doing. Those of us who have ever found ourselves on the outside, for any of a multitude of reasons, may find it exciting and validating to see that someone is actually writing about this!
Complex PTSD: Pete Walker, MFT, lives in Berkeley, CA. He’s a specialist in Complex PTSD, and has written extensively about the topic. Some of my clients have found his work very helpful as an adjunct to the work they have done in my office. In addition to his books, his website provides copious information about the disorder and his body of work.
Choices We Make:
A hospice worker wrote a powerful, beautiful piece about what she has learned in working with the dying. If you haven’t already read it, you might be surprised in how it can make you examine your own choices. If you have read it, a review never hurts.
Touch in Psychotherapy:
Zur Institute’s Ethics of Touch in Psychotherapy.
Another article from the Zur Institute regarding the use of touch in therapy.
Inpatient Treatment Programs:
Del Amo Hospital Trauma Treatment Program, Torrance, CA:
Note: To my knowledge, this program does not offer a comprehensive somatically based treatment of trauma, except that it may employ some somatically trained therapists as consultants. However, it is a well-known program which offers trauma treatment and accepts various forms of insurance. It offers partial hospitalization and outpatient follow-up.
The Meadows, Wickenberg, AZ: Nationally known program for treating trauma and addictions. I am told that this program does incorporate some Somatic Experiencing ® into its program; and Dr. Peter Levine is a Senior Fellow and clinical consultant there:
Sierra Tuscon: Nationally known program for the treatment of addictive and behavioral disorders. I believe this program does incorporate some Somatic Experiencing (R).
Project Know has a helpful website which provides a fairly comprehensive list of substance abuse treatment options.
United States Association of Body Psychotherapy (USABP):
USABP code of ethics for body psychotherapists:
Ofer Zur Institute: Noted researcher regarding ethics and other aspects of psychotherapy.
Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, noted trauma researcher and colleague of Dr. Levine.
Dr. Stephen Porges, developer of the Polyvagal Theory, regarding the role of the vagus nerve in social engagement, fight/flight, and freeze states.
Child and Elder Abuse: General Information
Awareness is key to preventing and stopping abuse and its potentially terrible after-effects.
Child abuse is a crime in the state of California, and I am a legally mandated reporter of child abuse, or any reasonable suspicion thereof. People who have knowledge or a suspicion of child abuse in Los Angeles County, are encouraged to call the Department of Children and Family Services at (800)540-4000. In Orange County, the number is (714)940-1000. Please consult the internet or yellow pages for local referrals in other geographic areas.
Here is a link to DCFS’s website discussing child abuse and how to make a report.
There is an excellent article by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, which explains some of the definitions and concepts in child abuse. Currently their website links to their articles are broken; but CAMFT may be contacted at (858)292-2638, for those desiring further information on the subject.
Abuse of elder and/or dependent adults is also a crime in California, and I am also a legally mandated reporter of this type of abuse. An elder adult is a person 65 years of age or older. A dependent adult is someone over the age of 18, who is dependent on others’ care and/or mentally/physically impaired. This includes people with developmental disabilities.
Reporting elder/dependent adult abuse: Here is a link to Adult Protective Services in each California county.
Did you know that elder abuse can also include self-neglect? Here is some more information from the LA District Attorney’s office.
CAMFT offers a thorough and informative article about elder/dependent adult abuse. It is written by a staff attorney at CAMFT, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. The article discusses who is an elder/dependent adult, and the various types of elder/dependent adult abuse, among other topics. http://camft.org
Here is the California penal code regarding elder/dependent adult abuse.
Suicide Prevention Hotline:
in Spanish: (800) SUICIDA (800-784-2432)
LA County Resource Line: staffed 24/7; provides referrals to food, clothing, shelter, and many other resources.
Call 2-1-1, or on the web: www.211la.org
In Long Beach, the Jewish Community Center offers affordable counseling and many other family/community services. There is no requirement to be of Jewish heritage or culture, in order to join or participate in the programs offered.
The Center in Long Beach also provides a variety of programs and services to the community. Many of this agency’s services are designed to support LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer, and/or intersex) persons and their specific needs.