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SOS Internationale (Somatic Experiencing Training®)

SOSI offers educational programmes and workshops in the prevention and resolution of traumatic stress, the nemesis that underlies the majority of symptoms we express as individuals, families, societies and cultures. These programmes range from in-depth professional trainings of three years, which prepare healthcare providers to work in the field of PTSD, to short introductions and weekend workshps that are available to everybody.

SOSI understands that there is too much suffering in the world to place trauma prevention and resolution only in the hands of mental health professionals. Trauma is common to us all, and so is its resolution. Each one of us is endowed with an inherent capacity to heal, irrespective of race, creed, socio-economic status, education or religious orientation. SOSI supports people to access this inherent gift and to teach it to their families, loved ones, associates and colleagues, empowering ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

SOSI believes that everyone should have an understanding of what drives our behaviour and why, and a simple, practical toolbox for moving through life's most difficult moments. SOSI is committed to providing both.

SOSI offers individuals an understanding of their symptoms, practical tools to resolve them, and key points for self-regulation. Sessions are both educational and therapeutic, leading to a reduction in symptoms and a return to a more profound sense of psychological, emotional and physical well-being. Specialised bodywork may be used to support the therapeutic process.



London SE Training – Advanced 1 with Lael Keen

The advanced year of the 3 year London SE training will be taught by Lael Keen, a senior SE trainer and faculty member from Brazil. 

Lael is an Advanced Level Teacher for the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute, a direct student of Dr. Peter Levine and is a founding member of the Brazilian Trauma Association (ABT). She has been teaching Somatic Experiencing® in Brazil, the USA and all around the world, since 1998.

In addition to teaching for the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute, Lael has been a teacher of Rolfing® Structural Integration since 1995. She teaches Rolfing® at the basic and Advanced levels and is also an instructor of the Rolf Movement Program. She has studied since 2001 with Hubert Godard, French Movement Educator and Researcher, Founder of the Department of Dance Movement Analysis at the University of Paris and Professor Emeritus of Rolfing® and Rolf Movement. She is a founding member of the Brazilian Rolfing® Association (ABR)

Lael holds a 5th degree black belt in Ki-Aikido and has studied many different disciplines that focus on the body-mind connection. She is a Trainer of Matrixworks Living Systems, an approach to working with groups. She uses both her Ki-Aikido training and the study of Matrixworks in all the groups that she leads.

She lives in the south of Brazil where she and her husband (also a Somatic Experiencing® teacher) own and operate a training center in the Atlantic Rain Forest on the Island of Santa Catarina.

She continues to study and learn about what it is to be a human being and how we can heal at all levels, body, mind, soul and spirit. She holds certification as an Anthroposophic Art Therapist and an Educator in the Bates Method of Vision.


London SE Training – Advanced 2 with Lael Keen

The Advanced Year of the 3 year London SE training will be taught by Lael Keen, a senior SE trainer and faculty member from Brazil. 

Lael is an Advanced level Instructor of Somatic Experiencing® for the S.E.® Trauma Institute and a founding member of the A.B.T. (Associação Brasileira do Trauma—the Brazilian SE Association).

She has been a Rolfer since 1984 and teaches Rolfing and Rolf Movement for the Rolf Institute. Lael holds a 5th degree black belt in Ki-Aikido and is a teacher of both Ki-Aikido and Shin Shin Toitsu Do—Mind and Body Coordination, certified by the Ki Society International in Tokyo Japan. 

She teaches in the US and Brazil and around the world, for both the Rolf Institute and the SE Trauma Institute. She is currently completing her internship in Art Therapy and lives in the Brazilian rainforest with her husband (also an SE teacher) and her daughter.



Peter Levine - 2 Day Workshop

The Developer of Somatic Experiencing

Peter will be offering a 2-day workshop the details of which will be announced soon.

Registration for this event is not open yet, spaces cannot be reserved but we will announce in a forthcoming newsletter all the details. Please save the date.


Sebern Fischer – Calming and the Fear-driven Brain

Calming the Fear-driven Brain: Neurofeedback and the Treatment of Developmental Trauma

Recent neuroscience research shows that neglect and abuse in childhood impact every major structure and network in the developing brain. Sebern will review these findings and discuss how neurofeedback can address these impacts as they manifest in childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

Sebern was introduced to neurofeedback in the spring of 1996, when her friend, Kathy Zilberman asked her if she would be her first ‘subject’.  She recounts the experience of a weekend of neurofeedback training in the introduction to her book, Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-driven Brain.  When she went into private practice in 1997, she began to integrate neurofeedback with psychodynamic psychotherapy in the treatment of her traumatized patients.  Her book, published by Norton in 2014 (now also available on Audible) is a direct result of what she learned in working with her own brain and with those of her patients.

Sebern maintains a part-time private practice focused on the treatment of adults suffering the aftermath of neglect and assault in childhood in Northampton, Massachusetts. She trains and consults both nationally and internationally in the use of neurofeedback in the treatment of developmental trauma, on the central role of fear in those who have suffered these histories and on the integration of psychotherapy and neurofeedback. She has written and presented two webinars: the first 16-part webinar was called Training Trauma: New Thinking, New Treatment, New Challenges and covered the impacts of developmental trauma on the brain and the integration of neurofeedback with psychotherapy. The second, The Nature of Forgetting: The Treatment of Dissociation, Repression and Regression with Psychotherapy and Neurofeedback will be presented live February 16th-March 23rd, 2020.

Sebern was one of the founders of the Family Planning Council of Western Massachusetts (now Tapestry Health) which began with one rural clinic in 1973. She started her work there as a family planning counselor and by the time she left that organization in 1979, she was the Director of Training and Education. During her tenure, she mounted three major conferences: Men, Women and Rape in 1976 featuring Susan Brownmiller, Ann Burgess and Nicholas Groff; On Sex Education and the Family in 1977; and the third, Women on the Conditions of Women with Anne Alonzo, Marsha Linehan and Dusty Miller in 1979.

From 1980 to 1997, Sebern was the clinical director of a residential treatment program for severely disturbed adolescents in western Massachusetts. At that time, it was considered to be one of the best programs in the state and the treatment outcomes were, at best, troubling.  In an effort to better understand these children and to enhance treatment outcomes, she introduced attachment theory in the mid-eighties, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in 1991. Her center became the first in the nation to adopt and implement DBT in a residential milieu.

She is the 2013 recipient of the Joel Lubar Award for Contributions to the Field of Neurofeedback and the 2017 recipient of the M.B. Sterman Career Achievement Award from the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research. In addition to her book, she has published numerous professional articles on neurofeedback and psychotherapy.


Ariel Giarretto - Healing Sexual Trauma

Full Embodiment: Healing Sexual Trauma - A special training for the SE Community

Presented by Ariel Giarretto, MS, LMFT, SEP

SE Faculty and Somatic Sex Educator

All of us work with clients who have experienced sexual trauma as a child, sexual assault as adults, or with couples who struggle with sexual incompatibilities This workshop is aimed at helping practitioners achieve a variety of new and effective tools to best serve these clients—even the toughest ones.

Professional Content:

  • How to work with those most reluctant to inhabit their bodies
  • Learn multiple exercises to deepen and expand embodiment and pleasure
  • Learn new ways of strengthening boundaries and establishing genuine “embodied consent”
  • Learn skills specific to working with male survivors
  • Learn how to support couples when one is sexually avoidant, or when there are sexual incompatibilities
  • How to work with low libido, spice up long-term relationships and enliven sexuality as the body ages
  • Tools for healing shame
  • Ideas on working with common sexual dysfunctions

What you will learn personally:

  • Become friends with your body, and inhabit all parts of it
  • Develop more awareness, ease and pleasure!
  • Get comfortable talking about the body and sexuality with your clients and intimates.

Who will benefit:

Therapists, psychologists, and practitioners who want to become more adept at somatically treating sexual trauma and sexuality issues.

About Ariel

Ariel Giarretto, MS, LMFT has been working in the world of body-oriented trauma healing for 20 years. She is senior faculty for Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute where she teaches trainings to professionals worldwide. She has been involved in conscious sexuality and tantric practices since working at the Esalen Institute throughout the 90’s, and has studied with dozens of somatic teachers. She is a certified Somatic Sex Educator, and is active in many alternative, sex-positive communities. Her private practice focuses on working with couples and individuals desiring sexual healing and enhancement, including men, LGBTQ, as well as those struggling with low libido, infertility, and any trauma concerning the pelvis or sexuality. She has extensive training in pre and perinatal psychology, as well as childhood developmental trauma. Ariel is passionate about supporting people in finding both ease and ecstasy in their bodies, and healing the wounds of sexuality trauma. She has a practice near San Francisco, CA.

Cost and Booking

This course is open to SEP’s, current SE trainees, and people who have completed NARM, ISP, OI or who have attended a 2-day Introduction to SE.

The cost of the workshop with Ariel is £490. If you book before 30th March 2020 the price is £440


Maggie Kline – Trauma Through a Childs Eyes

Trauma Through a Childs Eyes

Maggie Kline, Family Therapist, School Psychologist, Somatic Experiencing

International Faculty Member and co-author with Peter Levine of ‘Trauma through a Child’s Eyes’ and ‘Trauma-Proofing Your Kids’ presents:

A 3-day workshop to teach professionals how to help children reorganize and rebalance the autonomic nervous system at the biological/survival level after being overwhelmed following a traumatic or stressful event(s). Maggie will teach participants how to use games, play activities and art integrated with the fundamentals and through the lens of Somatic Experiencing to facilitate change, restore protective/defensive impulses and to increase the capacity for healthy social engagement.

This Workshop Features:

  • Ages and Stages of Development from a Somatic Perspective
  • Repair of Early Trauma and Attachment to Facilitate Self-
  • Regulation through Social Engagement
  • Activities to Promote Grounding, Sensory Awareness and
  • Tracking Skills with Children and Teens
  • Integrating Principles of SE with Art Activities to Promote Safety,
  • Titration and Pendulation
  • Turning Games into SE Activities with Charge/Discharge Cycles that Assist Kids with Tracking, Orienting, Fight/Flight, Boundary- Setting, Settling and Integrating their Arousal States
  • Working with Sexual Trauma & Medical Trauma
  • Teach Games and Activities Used in Post-Disaster Settings

Material is useful for professionals who wish to integrate the core concepts of SE when working with kids, as well, as those wishing to deepen their understanding of inner child work with adults. The format for learning will be a mixture of lecture, video material, and experiential activities.

This workshop is designed to teach you new skills while having fun!!!

About Maggie

Maggie Kline has been a marriage, family and child therapist for almost 30 years and is a retired school psychologist. She uses Somatic Experiencing with individual and couple’s psychotherapy. She also integrates S.E. with art, dream work and play when working with children and teens. Maggie is a senior Somatic Experiencing instructor teaching internationally. She also created “SE for Kids” and “Conscious Connections” workshops for professionals who help children.

Maggie co-authored ‘It Won’t Hurt Forever-- Guiding Your Child through Trauma’ (Mothering Magazine, Jan-Feb 2002), and ‘Trauma through a Child’s Eyes--Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing’ (North Atlantic, 2007)—both with Dr. Peter Levine.

Their latest book, ‘Trauma Proofing Your Kids—A Parents’ Guide to Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience’ was released in March 2008.

Cost and Booking

The cost of the weekend with Maggie is £575. If you book before 31st May 2020 the price is £510. 


Trauma, Development and Attachment Workshop - with Dr Raja Selvam

This workshop led by Dr Raja Selvam focuses on the relationship between trauma, development & attachment.

How an insecure attachment style (avoidant, ambivalent, or disorganized) shows up as specific adulthood difficulties depends on the stage of childhood in which the developmental or shock traumas affected our relational capacities and the specific developmental tasks affected in that stage of development. For example, the vulnerability driving an avoidant attachment style could be the terror of being annihilated from birth trauma (existence); or the deep distrust that one’s needs would be met from the experience of being starved in scheduled feeding practices (need); or the fear that a caregiver could destroy one’s self-experience due to constant neglect or intrusion upon the child’s self-experience (autonomy). Further, within a single stage of development (such as existence), the vulnerability driving the avoidant pattern might have something to do with not having mastered the developmental task of feeling safe enough in one’s body to exist (existential safety); or not feeling worthy enough to be loved (existential shame).

This three-day workshop will describe and demonstrate how to work with adult relationship difficulties differentiated in terms of attachment styles and various developmental tasks in at least three early stages of development using clinical strategies of interpersonal resonance and emotional embodiment from Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™), a modality based partly on emerging paradigms of embodied cognition and emotion in cognitive neuroscience and psychology. It will integrate classical attachment theory (Bowlby, Ainsworth, Main, and Fonagy) with the most developed somatic theory of stages of childhood development and character structure formation (Marcher et. al.), as well as findings that demonstrate that providing emotional regulation through embodied attunement is key to repairing attachment wounds (Wallen).


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