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About Somatic Experiencing Founder - Dr. Peter A. Levine

Dr. Peter A. Levine received his PhD in medical biophysics from the University of California in Berkeley and also holds a doctorate in psychology from International University. He has worked in the field of stress and trauma for over 40 years and is the developer of the Somatic Experiencing® method. Peter’s original contribution to the field of Body-Psychotherapy was honored in 2010 when he received the Lifetime Achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP). That same year he also received the honorary Reis Davis Chair in Child Psychiatry for his innovative contribution to therapy for children and adolescents.


Beginning in the 1970’s, Peter’s explorations into how animals deal with threat led to the development of the Somatic Experiencing method, a method that is highly effective in dealing with the effects of overwhelm on our nervous system, called Somatic Experiencing® (SE™). SE™ is a clinical methodology based upon an appreciation of why animals in the wild are not traumatized by routine threats to their lives, while humans, on the other hand, are readily overwhelmed and often subject to the traumatic symptoms of hyper arousal, shutdown and dysregulation.


Peter is the author of the best-selling book Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma — which was published in 24 languages and sold over 250,000 copies. His other published work includes:

  • Healing Trauma: a Pioneering Program in Restoring the Wisdom of Our Bodies

  • In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness

  • Sexual Healing: Transforming the Sacred Wound.

  • co-author of Trauma through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing

  • co-author of Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parent’s Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience

  • co-author of Freedom from Pain: Discover Your Body's Power to Overcome Physical Pain

  • Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory

Other books by Dr. Peter A. Levine

Information on this page is taken from The Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute Website:

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