Berns Galloway trains people worldwide in Somatic Experiencing, Dr Peter Levine’s pioneering work on healing trauma. The program takes you through three years of exploration and play where students learn to release traumatic shock, connect, and heal their system as they train in helping others.
Somatic Psychotherapist, Educator, Certified Canadian Counsellor
Dedicated to resolving trauma worldwide
My 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 my focus shifted to psychotherapeutic group work. I studied various humanistic approaches and bodywork at PD Seminars, then earned a Masters degree from the University of Victoria in 1995. I have 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. I also have a private practice.
The Somatic Experiencing® method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE™ approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
Somatic Experiencing® entered my life in 2000 and has since been a major focus in my professional orientation. Incorporating SE® bodywork/touch has deepened my experience and strengthened the impact of the therapeutic process. Early in this learning process I was privileged to be part of a gifted training team working with First Nations peoples here on Vancouver Island. The depth of the trauma and commitment to change foreshadowed the transformation through the healing process. I am grateful and humbled to have witnessed this. They reinforced how organic somatic work is, 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. I continue to marvel at, and be awed by, the continuous richness Somatic Experiencing® offers.
SE™ Practitioner, Mental Health Therapist and Certified Canadian Counsellor
Somatic ExperiencingÂ® Practitioner, SEÂ® Touch Training for Psychotherapists Certification and Somatic ExperiencingÂ® Trauma Institute Faculty Member
- Instructor level SE Professional Training Faculty
- Teaching in North America, Australia, New Zealand
- Levels taught Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of the SE Professional Training