Brandy is a licensed psychotherapist
Brandy completed her MA in Counseling Psychology from JFK University (Holistic emphasis) in March 2007, and became a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in March 2011.
Her specialization is trauma and accumulated stress. She uses the method Somatic Experiencing ™ in conjunction with psychotheraputic work.
She believes all the modalities she learned in the past have helped her refine her skills in working with the subtleties of Somatic Experiencing ™ , including teaching Anusara inspired and vinyasa yoga for 13 years, training as a second degree Reiki practitioner, and spending six years training in hypnosis and guided meditation.
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner ™
Starting July 2008, Brandy began studying Somatic Experiencing ™ , and completed the training in September 2010. She took an additional post-advanced Somatic Experiencing ™ training with Peter Levine called "Eye of the Needle", that focuses on people who have had near death experiences and surgical/anesthesia events (completed Feb 2011).
Since then, she has taken on the role of SE Training Assistant, starting with staff at The Refuge in Ocala FL, a residential treatment facility for people recovering from trauma and addictions. In 2014 she comleted two years of assisting in the SF Bay Area with Steven Hoskinson, her original SE ™ teacher.
Drawn to the healing power of touch that she started in her yoga and Reiki trainings, along with the Advanced SE and Eye of the Needle work, Brandy began studying with Kathy Kain, a pioneer in using SE-informed touch to heal trauma in the body's tissues and systems. Brandy is certified in Kathy's Touch Skills, and completed over 100 hours study of the use of touch to help heal attachment wounds and infant/prenatal trauma (2014). She receives regular consultation from Stephen J. Terrell, co-teacher of the series and specialist in early attachment repair.
SE ™ is a passion, a supportive community, and a way of life. Trainings are ongoing and the effort shows in the constant evolution of Brandy's capacity in the work.
Licensed California Marriage & Family Therapist #49771
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