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Pat OgdenPat Ogden, Ph.D., is a pioneer in somatic psychology and the Founder and Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® Institute, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer, and first author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy.  Her second book, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment, due out in spring, 2014,is a practical guide to integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® interventions into the treatment of trauma and attachment issues.  Dr. Ogden is currently developing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® for children, adolescents and families with colleagues. 

 

 

Janina FisherJanina Fisher, Ph.D is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. An Instructor at the Trauma Center in Boston, she is also past president of the N.E. Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR Consultant, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher is the author of a number of articles on trauma treatment and lectures nationally and internationally. For more information about Dr. Fisher, see www.janinafisher.com

 

Kekuni MintonKekuni Minton, Ph.D., is a founding trainer of SPI, co-author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy with Dr. Pat Ogden, and a faculty member at Naropa University. His doctoral thesis in clinical psychology focused on somatic relational therapy and he has special interests in meditation and cultural trauma. Dr. Minton was the resident psychotherapist at the Boulder County AIDS Project, and he trains internationally for SPI.

 

Christina DickinsonChristina Dickinson, CAC II, is a founding trainer of SPI, a certified addictions counselor in Colorado, certified in Hakomi Therapy and Focused Expressive Psychotherapy. Trained in a wide variety of treatment modalities including EMDR, Pia Mellody's model at The Meadows, and hospice, she teaches internationally on the subjects of trauma and addiction and maintains a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.

 

 

Brigitta KarelisBrigitta Karelis, M.A., LPC, holds an M.A. in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University, in addition to the German degree of Paedagogik, a study that combines psychology, social work, and lifelong learning.  She has worked with drug-addicted youth, political refugees, the mentally ill, and hospice clients.  She serves on the faculty of Naropa University, has been trained as an instructor in Buddhist meditation, and maintains a private practice in Boulder.

 

Lana EpsteinLana Epstein, M.ED, LICSW, is an EMDRIA-approved consultant in EMDR, anASCH-approved consultant in Hypnosis, a Consultant and past supervisor at the Trauma Center and was a Member of the NESTTD board for 6 years. Integrating a number of therapeutic models, Lana presents internationally and maintains a private practice in Lexington, MA, focusing on adult survivors of childhood trauma.

 

 

Ame Cutler PhD CAme Cutler, Ph.D, is a psychologist specializing in the field of transgenerational trauma, and works with violent offenders as well as the victims of violent crimes. She is certified in the Hakomi Method and brings years of experience in  a variety of body-oriented modalities to her work with individuals, couples, and groups.  In working with those who suffer the aftermath of relational trauma, she combines interests in somatic psychology, mindfulness, and indigenous wisdom to assist them in building a safer relationship with their own bodies.

 

Andrew HarkinAndrew Harkin, M.D. is a registered Medical Doctor (University College Dublin), and Psychotherapist. He has been interested in the relationship between psyche and soma for many years, and has a special fascination with the emerging rapprochement between neuroscience and psychotherapy. Andrew has completed a teacher trainer programme in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) organized by the Centre of Mindfulness Research and Practice, University of Bangor in North Wales.  He currently teaches in Ireland, Canada, the UK, Europe, and Australia and maintains a private practice in the County Mayo in the West of Ireland.

 

Anne WestcottAnne Westcott, M.A, LICSW, is a psychotherapist with over 20 years experience working with children and families. Her commitment to children and caregivers impacted by trauma has led her to explore new body oriented approaches to enhance arousal regulation in traumatized family systems. Anne provides education and consultation on trauma, dissociation, attachment, and arousal regulation and is a supervisor at the Trauma Center in Boston MA. Anne received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 1987.

 

Esther PerezEsther Perez, MA, LMFT obtained a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from UCLA, an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, CA, and has a background in dance and movement. She is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and in Sandplay therapy. She has specialized in working with neglected, traumatized, and severely emotionally disturbed children and their families. Esther has been a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, and has often presented at various clinics in Los Angeles, CA on child mental health issues and therapeutic modalities. She recently moved to Malaga, Spain, where she is providing services to adolescents and young adults dealing with eating disorders. She also teaches Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® internationally.

 

Rebeca FarcaRebeca Farca Psict., is certified in Humanist Counseling, Group Processing and Gestalt Psychotherapy from the IHPG Institute in Mexico City and has training in CORE Energetics with Dr. John Pierrakos. Before establishing residency in Los Angeles, CA, she had a private practice in Mexico City. She began her training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in 2005, became a training assistant for Dr. Pat Ogden and Dr. Kekuni Minton, and in 2011 became a faculty member of SPI, teaching trainings internationally. She completed her MA in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles, and is an MFT clinical trainee under supervision. Rebeca currently works in Los Angeles integrating Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with meditation, Reiki, and aromatherapy for the treatment of traumatic and developmental issues.

 

Tony Buckley Tony Buckley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Counselling and is a certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, an experienced teacher and supervisor. Tony has also earned a Certificate of Education, Diploma in Gestalt Therapy and a Certificate in Advanced Studies Supervision. He is the manager of the Counselling and Trauma Service for Transport for London (London Underground) which offers a time-limited trauma service. He is on the teaching faculty of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and is the chair of the UK Association of Sensorimotor Psychotherapists. Tony has over 20 years experience in the therapeutic field which includes private practice, managing a university counselling service and 12 years in the field of adolescent counselling

 

Rochelle SharpeRochelle Sharpe Lohrasbe, PhD, RCC, holds a PhD in Child and Youth Care (UVIC). Beginning with a career in forensic psychiatric nursing, she has had 25 years of clinical experience in the areas of post-traumatic stress and developmental issues. In her private clinical practice Rochelle sees both children and adults who have experienced abuse, neglect and other traumatic experiences. She is an EMDRIA-approved consultant in EMDR, facilitates for the DNMS Institute, and has presented at numerous conferences on these issues. 

 

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            Bonnie Goldstein, Ph.D., is a Child and Adolescent Consultant for the Lifespan Learning Institute. She is a practicing psychotherapist, specializing in child, adolescent, family and group treatment. She is the author of Understanding, Diagnosing andTreating Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents; The Handbook of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy; A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, Volumes I & II; and A Text for Children and Their Families; I Will Know What to Do: A Guide to Dealing with Trauma, and the Forthcoming Adolescent Dilemmas.

 

Linda CookeLinda J. Cooke, LCSW, BCD, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Kennebunk, ME. She has over twenty years of clinical, supervisory, and consultation experience in working with adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Linda has extensive experience in medical social work, including oncology and hospice care, and specializes in Eating Disorders, Complex Trauma and Dissociation, and chronic illness. She has been a lecturer at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA, and a presenter for EMDRIA.

 

Amy Gladstone, LCSW, Ph.D., is a clinician, supervisor, workshop leader and social work educator with over 25 years of clinical experience. She has a doctorate from Rutgers University where she teaches doctoral level courses on affect regulation and attachment. She is also on the faculty of the Integrative Trauma Treatment Program of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City. Dr. Gladstone is certified in Somatic Experiencing and has treated trauma survivors in many different settings including hospitals, Head Start programs, and social service agencies. In her private practice, she specializes in attachment trauma and combines psychodynamic and somatic approaches to treatment. 

 

Mason A. Sommers, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California, with over 34 years of clinical experience. He specializes in Couples and Adult Individual Therapy, combining analytic, psychodynamic and somatic psychotherapies in his approach. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. Dr. Sommers is a clinical instructor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and served as a three-term President of the Board of Directors of the Maple Counseling Center. Dr. Sommers also volunteers at Donate Life Ambassador, and is a frequent guest presenter working to increase awareness of the need for organ and tissue registry and donation.

 

 

In Memory of Dan Thomas