photo by Delisa Myles

My passion is working with people to resolve trauma. With 18 years of experience in the field I bring compasssion and skill to each session. My practice is based on integrating the whole of a person's experience, listening to the information that the body reveals and letting this information guide the work we do together.

    Features of the month...

             ​ What is Somatic Experiencing ®?



Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) was developed by Peter A. Levine, PhD to address the effects of trauma. Levine developed this approach after observing that prey animals, whose lives are routinely threatened in the wild, are able to recover readily by physically releasing the energy they accumulate during stressful events. Humans, on the other hand, often override these natural ways of regulating the nervous system with feelings of shame and pervasive thoughts, judgments, and fears. Somatic Experiencing aims to help people move past the place where they might be “stuck” in processing a traumatic event.




Latest Project

Workbook in process!

Kristen is currently developing a workbook bridging the work of Somatic Experiencing® and Wilhelm Reich's character developement styles. The workbook will highlight the physiological underpinnings of developmental trauma and include exercises for working with these elements.

Featured article

Self Settling – What Really Happens When You Teach a Baby to Self Soothe to Sleep?  by Sarah Ockwell-Smith

(c) 2017




Oakland, CA

Near 30th & Broadway just south of Piedmont