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Somatic Experiencing Informers

Jennifer's work has been informed by experts across the Somatic Experiencing field as well as through participation is specialized workshops. 

Dr. Peter Levine
Dr. Levine received his PhD in medical biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley, and also holds a doctorate in psychology from International University. He has worked in the field of stress and trauma for over 40 years and is the developer of “Somatic Experiencing®.” Levine’s original contribution to the field of Body Psychotherapy was honored in 2010 when he received the Lifetime Achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).


Ariel Giarretto, MFT, SEP, LMT
Ariel Giarretto has been specializing in the treatment of both shock and developmental trauma since 1993. She practices in the US, Europe, and Canada as a somatic psychotherapist, a teacher and consultant. She works closely with Dr Levine, and is a practitioner and teacher of his model. She is intimately involved with the SE training programs and assists and mentors students worldwide.


Ana do Valle, OTR, SEP

Ana is an Occupational Therapist who specializes in self regulation with infants (birth trauma), children and adults. She is a body centered therapist, certified in Sensory Integration and Neuro-Developmental Approach. She has experience working with trauma resultant from cultural fragmentation and she has studied cross-cultural perspectives of trauma with indigenous and shamanic communities in South America.

Ana has developed a program for Preventing Surgical Trauma addressing the needs of children and adults undergoing medical procedures. Ana has 30-years experience in the area of Physical Medicine. She has worked with clients suffering from Fibromyalgia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Chronic Pain and other diagnosis related to the autonomic nervous system dysregulation.


Diane Poole Heller, PhD.
Diane Poole Heller, PhD. is an established expert in the field of Adult Attachment Theory and Models, trauma resolution and integrative healing techniques. She is the developer and trainer of the two year training DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience) series on Adult Attachment, Trauma, Attachment Models and their dynamics in childhood and adult relationships, as well as many other topics. She has lectured and taught around the world.

Dave Berger, LCMHC, PT, MA
Dave Berger, LCMHC, PT, MA, SE Faculty has practiced physical therapy and psychotherapy for 29 years, uniquely integrating his practices for clients with physical pain and movement problems, trauma histories, back and neck problems, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. He uses a diverse array of traditional and complementary healing practices. Dave is a certified Somatic Experiencing practitioner, consultant and faculty trainer in SE, In addition to teaching the Somatic Experiencing model, Dave also teaches a post-advanced training in BASE™, Bodywork and Somatic Education for trauma therapists.

Informing Jennifer’s work also comes from participation in field related workshops:

Sensory Integrative Approach Treating Disorders of Trauma – Ana Do Valle OTR, SEP
Sensory Integration & Affect Regulation – Ana Do Valle, OTR, SEP and Robert Scaer, MD,SEP “The Trauma Spectrum”

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