PAULA (she/her) is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Certified Safe and Sound Protocol Provider in Durham, NC. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and previously worked as a Clinical Social Worker privately and in institutions such as Duke University. Paula has co-developed programs including The Embodied Recovery Institute and the Ai Pono Outpatient Treatment Center for Eating Disorders in Hawaii. She has been involved in the field of embodiment for three decades and has training in innovative approaches that bridge contemporary neuroscience, physiology, interpersonal neurobiology, transpersonal psychology, and the creative arts with non-Western models of health and healing. She is currently exploring the therapeutic applications of sound and vibration in the facilitation of health and restoration. Her somatic-acoustic approach integrates her training in the Safe and Sound Protocol and Somatic Experiencing with her intuitive gifts of working with vibration and frequencies. She is a consultant for Unyte/Integrative Listening Systems and is the lead author of the SSP-SE Integration Manual. In her role as embodiment educator, Paula brings her creativity and deep respect for the universal and collective forces that guide the human experience. In addition to her perspective on the the relationship between attachment, defense, and sensory processing, Paula offers a framework for understanding the individual’s role in our collective healing of this planet. Her transformative workshops are designed for Somatically Integrative Providers who are interested in the integration of SSP and SE in their practice.
Paula has previously served as a Somatic Experiencing assistant to the following faculty members: Dave Berger, Arielle Giarretto, and Berns Galloway. She has completed programs such as Bodywork and Somatic Education (BASE) and Transforming the Experienced-Based Brain (TEB), and has studied Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning Experience (DARE). She also has experience in the models of Janina Fisher, Pat Ogden, and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. She has taught the basic principles of Somatic Experiencing through The Embodied Recovery Institute and has presented on Somatic Experiencing at conferences throughout the USA. Her contributions to SE field are also found in the book, Trauma-Informed Approaches for Eating Disorders, published in 2018.
Paula is trained in embodied movement practices such as Shake Your Soul through the Leven Institute for Expressive Movement, Journey Dance, and Life Force Yoga. She is currently a student of Biofield Tuning.
For information about The Embodied Recovery Institute please visit their website: https://embodiedrecovery.org/