A Somatic Approach to Resolving Trauma


If you're the kind of therapist looking for in-depth transformation and a new way of working with trauma, From Trauma to Dharma will provide the inner and outer tool sets for you. Transforming traumatic experiences in your client's life is not just about savvy skills and known interventions. It requires a willingness and a refined inner skill set to seep deeply into your client's suffering and trust their innate health.

These are skills that require a different kind of training. From Trauma to Dharma is based on the belief that the inside-out transformation of the therapist is essential in supporting the client's journey towards a whole and self-sustaining life. We must make the journey first so we can guide our clients safely and precisely into the vast reservoir that they hold in their body and heart. 

Because the contemporary therapist faces the complexities of multiple, intertwined trauma, we need to train differently. It's no longer enough to just have skills; we need to become a different kind of therapist: one that's unafraid to sit with suffering in a deep and compassionate way. We need to become a trauma change agent who can see beyond the stigma of trauma and value growth in our clients and the sacredness of their life journeys. We can't fix past traumas, but we can learn how to inspire others in their longing for wholeness, and help them to trust that trauma has deep purpose. We need clinicians that can sit in themselves with kindheartedness and work with others when triggered themselves.

We need a new breed of helpers that can transcend the old paradigm of healing and deliver precise and effective tools for self-healing and transformation. This training provides a clear pathway to becoming this kind of healer. The lasting tools it offers provide a multi-layered approach that helps both therapist and client to understand our lives in connection with the contemporary forces of trauma and how they impact our biology, our sense of connection and our life purpose and calling.

The influences of media, world events and terror are impacting everone. We need to understand this influence and train our nervous system responses so we can become agents of nervous system change. We are training for a kind of warriorship of the body, heart, mind and community. It is no longer enough to deliver techniques, approaches or thoughts; we have to become someone that knows how to inspire healing in others.

From Trauma to Dharma draws from a variety of influences, including Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Continuum Movement, Buddhism and Taoism, body-centered meditation, mindfulness and compassion practices and systems thinking. It's designed for therapists, healers, social workers and medical professionals who are willing to dig deep and be changed in order to become more effective healers. This unique training requires a commitment to learning outside of your comfort zone and beyond your intellectual knowing, and a willingness to delve into the mysteries of the body's healing powers.


For Whom

This training will benefit psychotherapists, counselors, interns, health practitioners, and other helping professionals who want to learn precise techniques for healing trauma and maintaining their own sense of health and well-being when working with trauma. 


Training Overview

Our entire From Trauma to Dharma training series offers CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs and psychologists. If you register for all three trainings in this series, you'll receive a substantial discount that we'll apply to your Level 3 tuition. More details available below.

From Trauma to Dharma Level 1
Six modules of self-paced online learning
January 21 - March 11, 2019
Optional phone calls 1/24/19 and 3/5/19, 3-4 p.m. PDT

In this unique online program, you'll interact in a dynamic virtual community to build a solid theoretical foundation for working with trauma and gain a deeper understanding of what trauma in the body means. You'll also learn basic Buddhist principles and personal mindfulness and somatic practices for resourcing your work as a trauma therapist. This training provides a rich online learning environment that includes downloadable MP3 audio files, articles, contemplative exercises, and chat room conversations. You can take it as a stand-alone course or use it to build the needed personal and theoretical preparation for the experiential and group learning provided by our Level 2 trauma training.

Learning Modules
Week 1: The Inner Worlds of Trauma
Week 2: Global, Community and Intergenerational Trauma
Week 3: Arousal and Self-Regulation Theory
Week 4: Ground, Resource and Referencing the Sacred
Week 5: The Importance of Soma and Nondual Awareness
Week 6: Post-Traumatic Growth

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From Trauma to Dharma Level 2
Four live sessions in Berkeley, CA
March 22-24, May 3-5, Sept 20-22, and Oct 25-27, 2019

From Trauma to Dharma, Level 2 features experiential learning, live demonstrations, and practice and supervision. It's designed to help you integrate the theoretical knowledge you gain from our Level 1 training with the hands-on practice of trauma therapy. Each intensive allows ample room for experiential exercises and supervised practice in the therapist’s seat. 

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From Trauma to Dharma Level 3
Three two-day intensives in Berkeley, CA 
Nov 15-16, 2019; Dec 6-7, 2019; and Jan 24-25, 2020

This training offers four intensives (Friday afternoons and a full day Saturday) focusing on the practical and clinical aspects of the work. The emphasis in Level 3 is practicing clinical skills and examining the inner derailers that prevent you from doing the most effective work with your clients. 

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For More Information

For further details please call 415-839-6788 or email


ManuelaPicManuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT (LMFT 40823) is an international Hakomi trainer and somatic psychotherapist, Dharma teacher and author. She trains, consults and coaches professionals in varied fields, including health professionals and business leaders. Her trainings in the United States, Australia, Germany, China and Israel bring together 25 years of in-depth practice and teaching in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, somatic trauma therapies, attachment and infant mental health work, Buddhist meditation practices and movement therapies. Manuela's work with trauma is grounded in an inside out approach that utlizes the depth of the body's knowledge. Applying Buddhist perspectives and practices to her work, she weaves together specific mindfulness practices with core somatic tecniques to create a unified approach to trauma resolution. Her unique teaching gifts inspire people to live their lives from the reverence and awareness of interconnection. Manuela is the author of 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Health and Well Being. Her upcoming book Somatic Psychotherapy Techniques will be published soon. Visit Manuela's website to find out more about her work.