SEP Referral List

Thank you for being interested in private sessions + extra support with one of my suggested practitioners.

Everyone on this list I’ve either worked with in some way in Somatic Experiencing (SE) trainings – because they were either students learning and now they are certified practitioners in SE, or because they were my fellow colleagues that I trained with, or I assisted with.

This list is diverse – many have backgrounds in psychology, clinical counselling and marriage and family therapy, while others come from backgrounds in movement, yoga, Feldenkrais and/or bodywork and/or other forms of mind-body training. (Some have all of the above!)

I’ve provided a very brief bio for most on this list, but I would still suggest you head to their website, or send an email if someone perks up your nervous system in a good way.

Because many of us have multiple certifications and professions, it was impossible for me to list every single detail.

There a few people on this list who aren’t officially certified in Somatic Experiencing (The work of Peter Levine) or Somatic Practice (The work of Kathy Kain) but who have a skill set in healing and helping that I value, trust and respect.

*Do I get a financial cut from these referrals? No. I do not gain any financial benefit from these colleagues.

*Cost & Sliding Scale Requests: I do not monitor, nor ask what my colleagues charge for sessions.  I ask that you respect their fees and the level at which they can slide their scales for those who are in financial need. I would also request that you never ask for services or consultation free of charge. Thanks for your understanding.

In CANADA (North American Time Zones)

The order is purely alphabetical and doesn’t represent a person’s expertise level in any way.

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sunyata-calogeros-smith-roundSunyata Calogeros-Smith

Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

Sunyata has been attracted to therapeutic methods that embodied Eastern spiritual principles and found natural fit in Hakomi along with Somatic Experiencing. She is a Registered Professional Counsellor specializing in trauma resolution and addiction recovery and also holds a certificate in addiction counselling, as she recognizes and appreciates the relationship between trauma and addiction. She is currently studying ‘Somatic Resilience and Regulation for Early Trauma’ with Kathy Kain and Stephen Terrell.

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chris-dierkes-roundChris Dierkes

(Not SE trained, but has studied with Irene Lyon via her 12-week nervous system rewire program and actively incorporates this lens into his work and respects the power of the body and nervous system.)

Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

Chris is a strong advocate for shamanic forms of healing work and consciousness, and is a Reiki Master in three lineages of Reiki. His private practice in is soul work and he marries the best of the ancient forms of knowing with a very contemporary look and feel, speaking a language of 21st century spirituality. He’s a soul interpreter and energy healer and speaks the language of both the soul and the spirit and empower others to learn the language and symbols of their soul and spirit. Chris spent four years living as a monk in his early twenties and later worked for three years as an Anglican priest in Vancouver, BC. He was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition and has had a lifelong love affair with the Christian mystical tradition, however he is well versed in a diverse range of lineages and teachings.


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Verdell Jessup

Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

Verdell is trained in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Experiencing, Somatic Experiencing and is highly skilled in the work of Kathy Kain, Somatic Practice (both the Touch Skills Training and Somatic Regulation and Resilience for early trauma). She works with people of all ages, and has unique knack for working with children and infants (in conjunction with their parents). She also is skilled in body dowsing, sometimes known and pendulum, or frequency work, which is an ancient form of medicine that can assess and help to correct very tricky to treat and diagnose medical conditions, allergies and sensitivities.

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qiintegratedhealth-headshots-feb2015_77Amy Kubanek

(Not SE trained, but has studied with Irene Lyon via her 12-week nervous system rewire program and actively incorporates this lens into her work when she works.) 

Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA
In person sessions only due to the nature of her work.

Amy is a Fletcher Pilates® Teacher and Melt Method® Teacher. I recommend her approach if you are in Vancouver and are looking to enhance your kinesthetic knowledge of your muscular/core body.

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seth-lyon-roundSeth Lyon

No Skype sessions. In-person in Vancouver only.
Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

Seth comes from a background in music composition, percussion, shamanic traditions and energy work. He was introduced to the work of Peter Levine, and Somatic Experiencing in 2010 and after using it successfully to help heal his own past traumas (namely PTSD), he decided to study this somatic form of trauma healing and uses it in his private practice in Vancouver, BC. He is also trained in Kathy Kain’s Touch Skills work for trauma recovery and blends this, along with his SE training and elements of his past music, shamanic and energy work into a unique and effective healing modality all his own, which he calls Lifeforce Liberation.

*Seth, also Irene’s husband, helps to support Irene Lyon in the bustling and supportive Secret Facebook Forum that is part of her 12-week nervous system rewire program.

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kim-oleary-roundKim O’Leary

Victoria, British Columbia. CANADA

Kim’s approach to working with others has been shaped and informed by a number of areas and continues to evolve. She has embraced a multi-faceted perspective that is strongly rooted in the area of body oriented psychotherapy and resources. She is a trained social worker and clinical counsellor and is trained in Somatic Experiencing, Art Therapy, Hakomi, Somatic Touch Trauma Practice, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, and more.

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violet-van-hees-roundViolet Van Hees

(Not SE trained, but she has studied with Irene Lyon via her 12-week nervous system rewire program and actively incorporates this lens into her work. Violet has also completed Kathy Kain’s Touch Skills for Trauma course.) 

Whitehorse, Yukon, CANADA

Violet is a Feldenkrais Practitioner®, a Tellington TTouch® Equine Practitioner, and a BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders with an extensive background in movement science, applied biomechanics, energy work and teaching. She’s also completed Kathy Kain’s “Touching Trauma: Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists” Somatic Practice training, which is grounded in Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing work.

In The United States of America (North American Time Zones)

The order is purely alphabetical and doesn’t represent a person’s expertise level in any way.

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Livia Adia

Evanston/Chicago Area, IL, USA

Livia is a thought leader on the integration of neurobiology, somatics, yoga and psychotherapy practices in the healing of addiction, eating and mood disorders and the often underlying acute and chronic traumatization. She is a registered and licensed clinical social worker and has completed a two-year residency at the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy where in 1999 she was initiated into the tradition of the Himalayan Masters. She is a highly skilled therapeutic Yoga practitioner and is also a Reiki Master. She is influenced by the mindfulness trainings that she has received from Vietnamese Zen Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh.

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Janice Castelbaum

Bend, Oregon, USA

Janice offers an integrative healing practice drawing from a wide scope of 30 years experience and training.  A Somatic Experiencing Practitioner since 2009, she has completed advanced  Somatic Practice trainings including Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists and Somatic Regulation and Resilience After Early Trauma. She is a certified Watsu practitioner and is influenced by Continuum Movement, a health restoration practice informed by connection to the organic impulse of our fluid nature and structure.

Janice is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and holds a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica . With a special knack for creating a safe and nurturing space to support the healing process and restore vitality and well-being, Janice delights in touching the body, heart, mind and spirit of the people she serves.

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amy-doublet-roundAmy Doublet

Los Angeles, California, USA

With almost two decades of bodywork experience Amy combines the touch work of Kathy Kain (Somatic Practice) and Somatic Experiencing, along with her training in Craniosacral & Polarity Therapy. Even though “touch” is her main mode of working with people she is amazed at the capacity to do this work via Skype with incredible results.

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Mahshid F. Hager

San Diego, California, USAmahsid-hager-round

Mahshid is a Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California and has received a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and has begun her training in Touch Skills with Kathy Kain. She has worked in the field of mental health, in a number of settings in San Diego County, since 1998. Mahshid was born in Iran and raised in Germany and in fluent in Farsi, German and of course, English. Her background gives her the advantage of being mindful and understanding of the powerful cultural and ethnic issues her clients may be facing.

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cristal-mortenson-roundCristal Mortenson

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

A mindfulness based, Integrative Pilates and embodied movement educator for over 15 years, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Organic Intelligence Practitioner, birth doula, Visionary Cranial Sacral Practitioner, infant massage educator and integrative dance mentor; Cristal brings over 26 years of meditation and embodied movement practice as foundational into her work with clients.

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Megan Nigro

Juneau, Alaska, USA

Megan’s blends her knowledge and educational experiences to support her growing ability to be with, recognize, and attend to the organic processes unfolding with her clientele. Therapeutically, Megan is informed most by Steve Hoskinson’s Organic Intelligence®, Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing®, Kathy Kain’s Somatic [Touch] Practice, and Dr. Stephen Terrell’s Somatic Attachment work. She infuses her therapeutic approach with her additional background in exploratory healing and mindfulness practices such as yoga & ayurveda, chakra sciences, meditation in the Mahayana tradition, Shiatsu and traditional Western bodywork.

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Mark Read-Smith

Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Mark is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner from Asheville, North Carolina and is available for Skype sessions. Mark’s gift is of making this work easy and simple. The body reveals what is most organically available for process, even through simple conversation. Mark finds his experience as a bodyworker, and movement integrator, to be an invaluable skill in this work. Mark first discovered Peter Levine’s work of renegotiating trauma as a social worker in 2001 when working with adults in crisis.

*Mark also helps to support Irene Lyon in the bustling and supportive Secret Facebook Forum that is part of her 12-week nervous system rewire program.

Australian Time Zones

The order is purely alphabetical and doesn’t represent a person’s expertise level in any way.

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amanda-howe-roundAmanda Howe

Sydney, New South Wales

Amanda has trained with the Australian Institute for Relationships Studies to broaden her understanding systemic practice for both couples and family. She continues studies in USA to advance her understanding of how early attachment and bonding patterns developed as infant’s impact our adult relationships.

Therapeutic touch is a component of this training as it helps client’s to tolerate their activations whilst being guided towards co-regulation with another. This is a vital piece which may have been missing in their early attachment history.

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Andrea (Andi) Szasz

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Fluent in English and Hungarian

andiAndrea’s background includes six years as a Therapist at South Pacific Private (Australia’s leading treatment centre for addictions and mental illness) including four years as the Family Therapist. She currently runs Daring Way™ workshops at South Pacific Private periodically throughout the year.

Other previous employers include; Wesley Eating Disorder Unit, Aids Council Of NSW, the Wayside Chapel and Black Dog Institute. She has also worked in Community Settings with disadvantaged families.

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Vanessa Worthington

Erina, NSW, Australia

vanessaVanessa works with her clients to reconnect them to their soul presence. Through traumatic experience individuals can be shocked out of connection with self and suffer symptoms of discomfort through to those that are unbearable. Symptoms can be of any form that manifest as thoughts, emotions, physical conditions, difficult relationships and/or frequent and unending bad experiences. Trauma that has occurred very early in life can mean that a person has had a lifetime of disconnect from oneself.

Traumatic experience can also be held in the family system with generational patterns being carried by an individual, causing substantial disorganisation in a persons life that seems unexplainable. This can include chronic illness. Vanessa combines her training in holistic psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Touch Therapy for Trauma and Systemic Constellations to work with her clients on all levels of their experience – physical, mental, emotional, relational and spiritual toward their desired way of being.

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mihoko-yamaguchi-roundMihoko Yamaguchi

Sydney & Central Coast, NSW
Fluent in English and Japanese

Cranio Sacral Therapy, SE, SRR and advanced studies in SE.

European Time Zones

The order is purely alphabetical and doesn’t represent a person’s expertise level in any way.

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andreasAndreas Eberhardt

Vienna, Austria

Fluent in German, Spanish, English.


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Tatjana Lehmann

Dresden, Germany

Tatjana’s first contact with trauma therapy was when she learned the Positive Recreation of the Birth – a body therapeutic way of healing birth trauma by Ebba Boyesen. Her healing journey continued when she got to know Somatic Experiencing®.

In February 2015, she completed the Somatic Experiencing® training, a body-oriented trauma therapy according to Dr. Peter Levine, which inspires her daily in its transformational power. In combination with Somatic Experiencing® she works with Touch Skills for Traumatherapists developed by Kathy Kain.

Her focus is on regaining self-regulation of the autonomic nervous system and by that dissolving the physiological stress pattern and releasing trauma energy in a titrated and safe way. The gain is recapturing life energy and integrating it into the body.