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Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology, the creator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy method, and founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.  Dr. Ogden is trained in a wide variety of somatic and psychotherapeutic approaches, and has over 45 years of experience working with individuals and groups.  She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, past faculty of Naropa University (1985-2005), a clinician, consultant, and sought after international lecturer. Dr. Ogden is the first author of two groundbreaking books in somatic psychology: Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) both published in the Interpersonal Neurobiology Series of W. W. Norton. Her third book in this series, The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Essays and Articles, will be published in 2020, and she is working on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Groups with Dr. Bonnie Goldstein.  Her current interests include groups, couples, children, adolescents, and families; complex trauma; Embedded Relational Mindfulness; implicit bias, intersectionality and culture; the relational nature of shame; presence, consciousness, and the philosophical/spiritual principles that underlie Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. 

Pat Ogden, PhD

Janina Fisher, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with 38 years in practice, as well as assistant educational director at SPI and a former instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk.  Known for her expertise on the treatment of trauma and dissociation, she is also an EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Consultant and former Instructor at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Fisher has been an invited speaker at the Cape Cod Institute, Harvard Medical School Conference Series, Psychotherapy Networker, Annual Conference of the EMDR International Association, and many other conferences.  She is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy:  Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) and the author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (2017).  Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches internationally on the integration of research and treatment and how to introduce newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic approaches. For more information, visit www.janinafisher.com

Janina Fisher, PhD

Raphaël Gazon, MPsych, LCP, holds master degrees in psychology and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy from Catholic University of Louvain, in Belgium. With more than 15 years of clinical experience in various places including university, day care psychiatry, drug addiction unit, home consultation service and private practice, he provides individual and group therapy for patients with severe personality disorders and complex trauma. He has trained in various treatment modalities in the fields of psychological trauma and personality disorders. Raphaël is the director at the PEPS-E Center, a psychotherapy practice that specializes in the treatment of emotional disorders, psychic traumas and attachment disorders, and he sits on the board of ESTD. He is an experienced, international supervisor and lecturer in the fields of psychological trauma, attachment disorders, and borderline personality disorder.

Raphaël Gazon, MPsych, LCP

Kekuni Minton, PhD, is a founding trainer of SPI and co-author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy (2009). Dr. Minton holds a private practice in Colorado since 1988, specializing in trauma and attachment issues with individual and couples. Dr. Minton was the president psychotherapist at the Boulder County AIDS Project (1992- 1995) and past faculty member at Naropa University (1995 – 2006). His doctoral thesis in clinical psychology focused on somatic relational therapy, and he has special interests in meditation and cultural trauma. Dr. Minton is first author on, La Narrazione del Corpo; la Psicoterapia Sensomotoria Integrata Nella Terapia di Coppia (2018), published in Italy. He trains internationally for SPI and is developing a course in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for working with couples.

Kekuni Minton, PhD

Maria Puliatti, psychologist, sexologist, and psychotherapist, is an expert in psychotraumatology and emergency psychology, certified sensorimotor therapist, and supervisor in sensorimotor psychotherapy. Together with Michele Giannantonio, she founded Psicosoma, a training company in integrated psychotherapy. Maria is a trainer in workshops and courses in the field of psychotraumatology, and has taught in masters and post-graduate specialization courses in psychotraumatology, emergency psychology, sexology, female sexual disorders, uro-gynecological and obstetric psychosomatics, eating disorders, legal psychology, child psychotherapy.

Maria Puliatti

Esther Perez, MA, LMFT

Esther Perez, MA, LMFT obtained an M.A in Counseling Psychology and an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, CA.  As a bilingual Senior Trainer for the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Esther currently teaches across Europe.  As a consummate learner-teacher, Esther has committed herself to deeply integrating a number of modalities supported in the emerging research on neuroscience and attachment.  Embodying the spirit of Unity, one of the core foundations of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®, Esther studies how Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® intersects with EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and Mentalization Based Treatment.  Esther uses her learning to inform her work with adults, adopted children and adolescents with attachment related issues, complex trauma and dissociation in her private practice in Malaga, Spain in addition to consulting with graduates of various levels from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® trainings.   

Bonnie Goldstein, PhD, LCSW 

Dr. Bonnie Goldstein, LCSW, Ed.M, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Lifespan Psychological Services in Los Angeles.  She leads a team dedicated helping clients navigate life’s complexities by addressing developmental issues, family systems, trauma, grief and loss counseling for children and adults, and transitions-to-adulthood.  Using a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy approach to working with children, adolescents, and families, she joins Dr. Pat Ogden and the curriculum team at the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in creating and adapting Sensorimotor Psychotherapy treatment modalities and interventions to treat child, adolescent, family and group populations. She is co-editor of Understanding, Diagnosing and Treating Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents; The Handbook of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy; A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, Volumes I & II; A Text for Children and Their Families; I Will Know What to Do: A Guide to Dealing with Trauma” 

Jennifer Gardner, MSW, LICSW, CST

Jennifer Gardner, MSW, LICSW, CST, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 25 years' experience working with children and individuals in diverse settings including settings including healthcare, community mental health, early intervention and private practice. Since 2005, she has held a private practice in Reading, MA, providing psychotherapy to couples and adults using a variety of modalities including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR and psychodynamic intervention. She is Certified in Early Intervention in MA, holds an MSW from Salem State University, and a Certificate in Sex Therapy from the University of Michigan and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist . Since her Certification as a Sensorimotor Psychotherapist in 2016, she has supported students toward certification in New York, Boston, and Dublin. Her interests include attachment, sex therapy, and relationships including couples and caregivers. Jennifer trains and provides consultation internationally for SPI and is co-developing a course in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for working with couples.