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 a few people on this list who aren’t officially certified Somatic Experiencing, but who have a skill set in healing and helping that I value, trust and respect.

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In CANADA (North American Time Zones)

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

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.

chris-dierkes-roundChris Dierkes

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.

june-fukushima-roundJune Fukushima

Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA

June has her Master of Science in Organizational Psychology and is dedicated to a spiritual and healing path integrating mind, body and spirit for over 25 years. She is lifelong student of Buddhist mindfulness and meditation practices, and has engaged in numerous residential meditation retreats, often several times a year, and now serves as a director and meditation facilitator for the Victoria Insight Meditation Society. When she was introduced to Somatic Experiencing, it was here that she found her calling: to bring Buddhist mindfulness and meditation practices together with the scientific, research-based approach of regulating the nervous system using the body’s own signals. She is trained Somatic Experiencing practitioner and has also completed Somatic Touch training for Trauma Therapists, with Kathy Kain.

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.

Amy Kubanek

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.

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.

Karen Melin

Squamish, British Columbia, CANADA

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

violet-van-hees-roundViolet Van Hees

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.

livia-adia-roundLivia 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.

Janice Castelbaum

Bend, Oregon, USA

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.

mahsid-hager-roundMahshid F. Hager

San Diego, California, USA

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.

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.

megan-nigro-roundMegan 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.

mark-read-smith-roundMark Read-Smith

Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Mark is a licensed bodyworker through the state of North Carolina and uses touch and non-touch bodywork to help his clients resolve and heal from trauma, accumulated stress, structural disorders, and nervous system dysregulation. He is trained in Somatic Experiencing, Rolfing Structural Integration and hold a Bachelor’s Degree of Social Work from Appalachian State University.

*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.

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.

Andrea (Andi) Szasz

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

Andrea’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.

Vanessa Worthington

Erina, NSW, Australia

Vanessa is a Psychotherapist and she works with people to resolve psychophysiological trauma. All trauma is held in both the mind and the body, in ways that we are aware of and in others we may not be aware of. People may only be aware of how things are not going well in their lives. They may struggle with relationships, have little self-esteem, live with addiction, feel chronic sadness or anger. The indicators that things are not quite right in our lives are limitless.

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.

Andreas Eberhardt

Vienna, Austria
Fluent in German, Spanish, English.

tatjana-lehmann-roundTatjana Lehmann

Dresden, Germany

Non-Somatic Experiencing Practitioners who are highly skilled in the somatic practices, healing trauma and soul arts.