Today’s Therapy Chat guest is Dr. Peter Levine, the developer of Somatic Experiencing, who speaks about his journey as a wounded healer. He shares that by being open about our experiences healing, our authenticity allows others to know they’re not alone. None of us in the helping professions have been immune to suffering, it’s a part of the universal experience of being human; and there’s no shame in having experienced trauma, no matter who you are. In our conversation, Dr. Levine shares about how he developed Somatic Experiencing, and the surprising muse he found during that process. He discusses his violent childhood growing up in a family which was under threat by the mafia, and how Somatic Experiencing approaches healing from trauma “stuck” in the body.

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Learn more about Somatic Experiencing here. The Ergos Institute is here.

Find Peter Levine’s new book, Autobiography of Trauma: A Healing Journey on Amazon here.

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Another of my favorite teachers, Dr. Janina Fisher, is opening enrollment to her next cohort of TIST trainees. The next cohort starts April 18th, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn this helpful model. Receive 22.5 CE’s while de-mystifying therapy when complex trauma and dissociation arise! Get all the details and register here

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March 22, 2024

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Laura Reagan, LCSW-C

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C is an integrative trauma therapist and owner of a group practice, the Baltimore Annapolis Center for Integrative Healing. She is also the host of Therapy Chat and Trauma Chat podcasts and the founder of the Trauma Therapist Network, a website for learning information about trauma and finding resources and help for trauma.

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