What is Somatic Experiencing?

Greetings from LAX! I am aboard a plane about to take off to go assist a Somatic Experiencing training in Berkeley. I will be out of the office Friday and Monday, returning on Tuesday, February 5th. In the meantime, as … Read More


Happy New Year! I just read an excellent article by Kristin Neff about self-compassion. I liked it so much that I am going to share my notes with you. I will also give my own commentary about self-compassion from a … Read More

Free PDF of Waking the Tiger

Wishing you and yours a relaxing and fun Labor Day weekend. Also, I wanted to let you know that a client just told me about a great free resource… A free online PDF of a portion of Waking the Tiger, a book … Read More


Prana (above) is the latest addition to L.A. Wellness’s collection of Rhonna del Rio Art and I’m happy to have it in the space. Check out the latest interview with Rhonna at VoyageLA. Also, I will be out of the … Read More

Playing ‘Possum

Those of you who have come in for Somatic Experiencing sessions with me have likely heard me talk about the tonic immobility response or “playing dead” as a brilliant survival strategy executed by the autonomic nervous system. The above video … Read More

Over-Coupling and the Stress Response

I want to share with you an excellent article by a Somatic Experiencing colleague explaining why certain seemingly innocuous experiences can trigger strong reactions that seem unrelated to the causative stimuli. These insights can help unlock the door to resolving … Read More

UC Irvine – Acupuncture Reduces Hypertension Confirmed

University of California School of Medicine researchers have proven that acupuncture lowers blood pressure in subjects with hypertension. The depth and breadth of the research extends across multiple university controlled studies. The University of California School of Medicine, Irvine, researchers … Read More

Are you using your smartphone or is it using you?

Back in 1999, I bought a Palm Pilot* and enthusiastically spent the weekend configuring it (I was still working as an engineer and liked geeking out on that kind of stuff.) The next week, I went to see “The Matrix,” got … Read More

3% Cash Discount

I now offer a 3% discount for those who choose to pay with cash or check. 3% is about how much the bank takes in credit card processing fees, and I would rather you keep that money than give it … Read More

The New Traumatology and the Trauma Spectrum Part 1

In this interview, Twig Wheeler interviews Dr. Robert Scaer about his experience and work with trauma. Dr Scaer is author of The Body Bears the Burden and other books. This is an excellent introduction to the neuro-physiological underpinnings of Somatic Experiencing … Read More

I’m an SEP!

Although I finished my training back in October, it is only now that I have crossed all the Ts and dotted all the i’s with the training organization and can officially call myself a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner! I find this … Read More

L.A. Wellness is Adjusting Pricing on January 1st

I want to let you know that after eight years without any change in fees at L.A. Wellness, I am making a slight increase. Several years back, we relocated to a newly renovated, beautiful space that I custom designed in … Read More