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Training Program in Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma



SPI Trainers are diverse in their orientations and specialties, which include adult, child and adolescent psychotherapy, couple therapy, dissociative disorders, group therapy, and many more. Trainers are Certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠, maintain registration or licensure in their discipline, are actively enrolled in a degree seeking, licensure program, or have post-graduate pre-licensure status and participate in continuing education on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠, trauma, or attachment.

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SPI Trainers adhere to the ethics of their respective licensing or governing boards as well SPI’s policies for conduct.

Pat Ogden

Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and both Founder and Education Director of 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 (2015) is a practical guide to integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® into the treatment of trauma and attachment issues.  Dr. Ogden is currently developing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® for children, adolescents and families with colleagues.

Janina Fisher

Janina Fisher, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Education 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 Minton

Kekuni Minton, PhD, 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 Dickinson

Christina 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 Karelis, MA, LPC, holds a master’s degree in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University in addition to the German Diplom in Paedagogik, a study that combines psychology, social work, and lifelong learning. She has served on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute’s faculty since 1999, taught Sensorimotor Psychotherapy at Naropa University for 12 years, and has trained as a meditation instructor in the Shambhala and Buddhist traditions. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Boulder, CO since 1997 and has worked with drug-addicted youth, political refugees, the mentally ill, and hospice clients.

Lana Epstein

Lana Epstein, MEd, LICSW, is an EMDRIA-approved consultant in EMDR, an ASCH-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.

Anne Westcott

Anne Westcott, MA, 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.

Andrew Harkin

Andrew Harkin, MD 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.

Esther Perez

Esther 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 Farca

Rebeca Farca, MA, is licensed in Humanist Counseling, Group Processing, Core Energetics, and Gestalt Psychotherapy by the IHPG Institute in Mexico where she practiced before re-locating to Los Angeles to complete an MA in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University. She currently divides her time between private clinical practice, lecturing to agencies and institutions, including the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and teaching Sensorimotor Psychotherapy nationally and internationally. Her professional interests include chronic pain, military trauma, particularly military sexual trauma, as well as childhood neglect, abuse and attachment disturbances.

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 Sharpe

Rochelle 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.


Bonnie Goldstein, PhD, 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

Amy Gladstone, LCSW, PhD, 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, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice with over 39 years of clinical experience. He supports regional development of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Los Angeles and specializes in couples and adult individual therapy, combining analytic, psychodynamic, and somatic psychotherapies in his work. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from UCLA, and his Masters’ and Doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. Dr. Sommers is a former 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, a non-profit counseling agency and training facility for mental health professionals. Dr. Sommers volunteers as a Donate Life/One Legacy Ambassador, working to increase awareness of the need for organ and tissue registry and donation.

Kelley L. Callahan, PhD, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a background in trauma, including an internship at The National Center for PTSD at Dartmouth Medical School and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Victims of Violence Program at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Callahan has taught for the Somatic Psychology Programs at John F. Kennedy University and the California Institute of Integral Studies on somatic approaches to the treatment of trauma and attachment. She provides consultation and lectures on treating survivors of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, neglect, survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence, and dually diagnosed clients.

Marko Punkanen, PhD, is a music therapist, dance/movement therapist, and trauma psychotherapist. He currently works as a music/dance-movement/psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. He is actively involved with trauma psychotherapy, music therapy and dance/movement therapy training in Finland. From 2007-2011, Marko worked as a researcher in Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research at the University of Jyväskylä. His research team investigated the perception and preferences of emotions in music by depressed patients and the efficacy of improvisational, individual music therapy for depression.

Raphaël Gazon, MPsych, LCP, holds master degrees in psychology and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He has trained in various treatment modalities in the fields of psychological trauma and personality disorders. With more than 15 years of clinical experience in various places including university, day care psychiatry, drug addiction unit, home consultation service and private practice, he provides individual and group therapy for patients with severe personality disorders and complex trauma. He is an experienced supervisor and lecturer in the fields of psychological trauma, attachment disorders, and borderline personality disorder, and currently is the director of a psychotherapy center specializing in emotional disorders.

Jennifer Gardner, LICSW, CST, is a Clinical Social Worker with 25 years' experience working with children and individuals. Her interests include attachment, infant therapy, sex therapy, and relationships including couples and caregivers. She is Certified in Early Intervention in Massachusetts, holds an MSW from Salem State University, and a Certificate in Sex Therapy from the University of Michigan. She has worked in community mental health, hospitals, and is currently in private practice. Since her Certification as a Sensorimotor Psychotherapist in 2016, she has supported students toward certification in New York, Boston, and Dublin.

Darrell C. Greene, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with over thirty years of clinical experience providing individual and couples therapy across the spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities.  He specializes in complex trauma, attachment wounds, social victimization, addictions, health-related concerns, depression, and anxiety disorders. Emphasizing client strengths in support of individual flourishing, Dr. Greene is eclectic in style, integrating Sensorimotor, Gestalt, Interpersonal, and Humanistic Psychotherapies, as well as EMDR and Hypnotherapy. He has published numerous peer reviewed articles on LGBTQ issues, and has been an instructor at John Carroll University, teaching LGBTQ-Affirmative Counseling. For more information about Dr. Greene see www.mhc-solutions.com/darrell_greene.html

Patrick Weeg, MSW, LCSW, holds a master's degree in social work, from the University of Iowa, focusing on family systems. As an adjunct faculty member at Denver University's Graduate School of Social Work, he teaches assessment and treatment of trauma. He is co-owner of a private group psychotherapy practice, the Denver Center for Integrated Counseling, where he specializes in psychotherapy for people dealing with addictions, the aftermath of traumatic stress, and struggles with healthy boundaries. He has lectured at numerous substance abuse and mental health treatment centers, facilitated family weekends for the family members of addicted loved ones, and worked in child-welfare. Patrick strives to help individuals, families, and organizations develop a culture of safety that enables people to take the risks necessary for growth—physically, psychologically, and spiritually.
Raymond Rodrgiuez, LCSW-R, Rev., is an Afro-Latino Clinical Social Worker with over twenty years of experience in working with community-based programs. He holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work. His clinical interests include family therapy, working with immigrant client, race-based oppression, LGBTQI empowerment, spirituality, and working with marginalized communities in community-based mental health. He is a trauma specialist assisting clients with complex psychological trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In addition to being in private practice, he is the founder and clinical director of Aldea Counseling Services, a group psychotherapy practice in Harlem, New York, servicing primarily people of color. He has held faculty appointment with Hostos Community College of the City University of New York, Columbia University School of Social Work and Smith College School of Social Work. He is currently on faculty at the Trauma Studies Center of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and the Integrative Trauma Certificate Program of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. He formerly served on the Boards of the National Association of Puertorrican and Hispanic Social Workers and the No More Fear Foundation. He lives in the Bronx with his partner and son.


In Memory of Dan Thomas