Kathy L. Kain has practiced and taught bodywork and trauma recovery skills for over 30 years. She teaches in Europe, Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States.
Kathy’s trainings cover various interwoven focus areas, including trauma recovery, somatic touch, self-regulation skills, and resilience. These focus areas ultimately weave together into a unified somatic approach to touch, awareness, and relationship. Her educational approach encourages students to engage an ongoing practice that deepens their skills and expertise as they gradually embody the work and make it their own.
Kathy is a senior trainer in the Somatic Experiencing training program, an adjunct faculty member of Sonoma State University, and was a senior trainer for 12 years in the Somatic Psychotherapy training program based in Sydney, Australia. She co-authored the book Ortho-Bionomy: A Practical Manual.
Steve Terrell is a single adoptive parent of two children, living and practicing in Austin, Texas. Steve specializes in Attachment and Developmental Trauma Therapies. He has fully integrated touch work into his practice, which focuses on children and adults who have been affected by early trauma. He is a recognized leader in his work with adopted children and their families (both domestic and international). He combines his training in Neurosequential Development, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists, Reality Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR). He has also worked with first responders, and is trained in Trauma First Aid. Steve is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops on attachment-related issues, and the neurobiology of trauma.
Yuri Zelez is a licensed somatic psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Barbara, California. He is a body-worker who blends Somatic Psychology with intuitive touch to facilitate his work. Yuri specializes in treating Fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome, Crohn’s disease, migraines and other pain syndromes using touch. He also works with residual effects of vehicle accidents, and anxiety and depression.
A trauma specialist, he is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and a writer and educator in the field of shock and developmental trauma. "In recent years, it has become clearer that treatment of catastrophic events that affect an individual must include the body as an essential part of the healing process." Somatic therapy uses touch in supporting the body systems to organize and regulate.
"I have been a licensed psychotherapist for 25 years and a body-worker for 30 years. In all that time, I searched for ways to bring relief to my clients symptoms while allowing the natural healing aspects of the body to return. Working with thoughts and feelings was not enough, I knew I had to find a way to include the body in treatment. That exploration led me to study Bioenergetics and Somatic Experiencing to create a synthesis with the Somatic therapy I was already doing. I had success with this kind of treatment and my clients began to get their lives back."
Kathy uses the term “Somatic Practice” to describe her work and educational approach because it can’t be simplified into a definable method or a predetermined set of techniques. Practitioners on this training path choose to engage ongoing practice that gradually changes their way of working, touching, relating, and being—thus it feels more accurate to call this work a “practice” rather than naming it as a particular “thing” or a certain person’s “training method”.