Testimonials

In December of 2011, I knew I needed Somatic Experiencing®. I am deeply grateful I found Adria Zimmerman. After two decades of many forms of therapy, nothing brought about what I needed as my work with Adria did. Her Somatic Experiencing skills, presence, and knowledge of the human physiology brought the frozen me to life in many ways particularly presence, a settled nervous system and resilience. Adria is astute professionally and a personal gem. – Cheryl Mansson, MA, LPC Adria is outstanding. She has helped me change my life for the better in ways I could not have even imagined. She is extraordinarily skilled and intuitive at working with trauma physiology. I recommend her without reservation, and regularly refer others to her with similar results. Her level of training and expertise also includes working with attachment trauma efficiently and effectively. Her kindness and great sense of humor make working with her fun. In a relatively short period of time I have had significant resolution of trauma symptoms, including asthma and a chronic rash. I am confident in continued progress, and I am so very grateful to her. – W.G., Physician Along life’s journey, we all have met people we were destined to meet. We may not realize such in that initial chance meeting, but as days and events unravel, we discover what a blessing this fateful event has been. I first met Adria in 2009 in, of all places, a grocery store parking lot. I am an above-the-knee amputee, and on this day, I was experiencing intense pain from an ill-fitting prosthetic leg. She approached me and simply asked, “Are you okay?” I smiled and replied, “Yes, I am okay.” Not fooled by my response, she initiated further conversation. This dialog led to the start of something truly life-changing. To date, I have had 39 surgeries over 32 years. Adria has helped me endure my last 5. The physical hardship has undoubtedly been a challenge. However, words often cannot express the emotional angst. You cannot see it. You cannot touch it. So, society questions it and expects you to “just deal with it.” A doctor’s answer is to medicate it. I am dealing with it, but not the way society commands. Sure, I tried anti-depressants, but none offered the results I was seeking. Yes, I considered self-medicating. However, I knew the potential loss of my family because of those choices, was not worth the risk. With Adria’s skill and guidance, I have learned that a man can show emotion and vulnerability and still be prideful. She has helped me understand stress, trauma, dissociation, and how to persevere in a world which is often less than fair. More importantly, she has given me the tools to not” just deal with it” – but to be with all the overwhelm in a much more productive and positive way. Before Somatic Experiencing...

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About Adria

Adria Zimmerman, SEP, BASEP, DARe is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner who works with people suffering from the debilitating symptoms related to trauma. Adria has been in private practice, specific to trauma work, for 14 years. She owes her own healing and resilience to the work of Somatic Experiencing®. Adria is a primary faculty training assistant and has assisted extensively in the SE trainings helping graduate hundreds of SE practitioners. She is approved at all levels to provide sessions and/or consults to students seeking certification for the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute trainings, Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists, BASE® Bodywork and Somatic Education for Trauma Therapists and DARe, Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience. Her Somatic Experiencing® Certification comes from 10 years of ongoing training in Trauma Resolution from the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute with: Dr. Peter Levine Dr. Levine received his PhD in medical biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley, and also holds a doctorate in psychology from International University. He has worked in the field of stress and trauma for over 40 years and is the developer of “Somatic Experiencing®.” Levine’s original contribution to the field of Body Psychotherapy was honored in 2010 when he received the Lifetime Achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP). Dr. Diane Poole Heller, PhD, SEP Dr. Heller is an an established expert in the field of trauma resolution, Attachment Models (DARe) and Integrative healing techniques. As a Senior Faculty member for SETI, Diane teaches Somatic Experiencing in the US and Internationally. Her book “Crash Course”, a guidebook on how to resolve auto accident trauma, is used as a resource for healing trauma in the US and internationally. Ariel Giarretto, MFT, SEP, LMT Ariel Giarretto has been specializing in the treatment of both shock and developmental trauma since 1993. She practices in the US, Europe, and Canada as a somatic psychotherapist, a teacher and consultant. She works closely with Dr Levine, and is a practitioner and teacher of his model. She is intimately involved with the SE training programs and assists and mentors students worldwide. • Two Year Training – Somatic Experiencing Touch Training for Psychotherapist with Kathy Kain • Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Early Trauma with Kathy L. Kain & Stephen Terrell, PsyD, SEP Kathy Kain, M.Ed., SEP Kathy Kain, M.Ed., SE Director of Training has been practicing and teaching bodywork and trauma recovery skills for nearly 30 years. She is faculty and a senior trainer in the Somatic Experiencing training program and is the Director of Training and Education for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. She is a adjunct faculty at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and Sonoma State University, and was a senior trainer for 12 years in the Somatic Psychotherapy training program based in Sydney, Australia. She is coauthor of Ortho-Bionomy; A Practical Manual. Stephen Terrell, PsyD, SEP Steve specializes in Attachment and Developmental Trauma...

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PTSD and Veterans

Somatic Experiencing and Military Mental Health – Article by Nancy Eichhorn There’s no tried and true training manual for therapists working with today‟s terror-torn veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers are filtering back into our communities who have survived multiple stressors from bomb explosions and amputations, to deaths and scenes of complete horror as well as experiencing excruciating hours of boredom and heat stress; and then adding to all of this are multiple deployments Their entire physiology, as well as their mental and emotional states have been impacted beyond their capacity to adapt. Reconnecting with spouses, offspring, extended family members, professional colleagues and friends is challenging. Those who contemplate treatment may be cautious and dubious. And those who accept the responsibility of working with returning veterans may be assuming an undefined role. “Therapists have to understand they have no credibility at all, ”explained Peter A. Levine, PhD*, the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing® (SE) and Founder and Senior Advisor of The Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (http://www.traumahealing.com). After 40 years in the field, Dr. Levine has worked with many veterans from several wars. “Soldiers have their own code, and we‟re outsiders. We have to gain their trust and respect. They have to develop a confidence in our competency. “Therapist have to make assessments when and where to go with an individual,” he continued. “Some of that I can teach but so much comes from your own experiences, trusting your own intuitive sense.” According to the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute website, “Somatic Experiencing® (SE) is a body-awareness approach to trauma” based upon Dr Levine‟s “realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of stress and trauma.” SE is designed to help traumatized clients restore a sense of self-regulation allowing a renewed sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness. Dr Levine “has applied his work to combat veterans, rape survivors, Holocaust survivors, auto accident and post surgical trauma, chronic pain sufferers, and even to infants after suffering traumatic births” Embodied Practices Passed over by the draft board in the 1970s because he was “fortunate enough to be involved in a medical scientific field that was deemed essential for “national security‟. ”Dr Levine said he “felt obligated to give to people who didn’t have that advantage and were drafted into the Vietnam War”. His clients became his teachers as he listened to their stories, watched their embodied behaviors and in turn tracked his own physiological responses. “This one guy came to my office, and I knew that I should not be between him and the door so I rearranged my office to give him direct access to the door. He was telling me horrific stories that I will not even hint at. As he told me these stories—I think in part to test me– I felt dizzy and nauseous and was almost ready to...

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Contact Adria

Voicemail: 336-708-1002 (Confidential) Email: Use email form on this page. Appointments available: Mon – Fri: Days and some evenings Sat: On Occasion Sun: Closed Adria also offers Somatic Experiencing® Skype, Facetime and phone sessions when appropriate. Your Name (required) Your Email (required) Subject Your Message Adria has offices located in Greensboro/Winston-Salem, and Chapel...

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