Elsa Asher, MS, CD(DONA), BCST

Formal Education

  • MS, Narrative Medicine, Columbia University, 2012 - 2014
  • BA, Healing and the Humanities, Antioch University and The New School University, 2004 - 2010


  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (BCST), 2018 - present
  • Prenatal, Birth & Attachment Therapist (PBA-T), 2016-present
  • Wilderness First Responder, 2017 - present
  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, Red Cross, 2016 - present
  • Neonatal Resuscitation, Newborn Breath LLC, 2016 - present
  • Certified Doula, DONA, 2010 - present

Teaching Experience

  • Associate in the Narrative Medicine Program of the School of Professional Studies, Columbia University, 2017 - present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Narrative Medicine Elective & Clinical Distinction, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2015 - present
  • Childbirth Education and Care Provider Trainings, Birthing Beyond the Binary, 2017 - present
  • The Body of the Story: 8 Week Online Workshop, 2017
  • Emotional First Aid, The Icarus Project, 2017
  • Street Therapy: Emotional Resistance in Action, The Icarus Project, 2017
  • Cultural Humility in Gender, Sexuality in Reproductive Health, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2017
  • Moon Tools: Primal Creative Process workshops, Moon Tools, 2016-2017
  • Gender and Sexuality Competency Webinar, Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 2017
  • Narrative Medicine and Prenatal and Perinatal Somatic Health Webinar, Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 2017
  • Reflective Writing & Narrative Medicine in Osteopathic Education Presentation, Touro University, 2016
  • Introduction to Somatic Trauma Healing in Your Practice 3-Part Webinar Series, The Simkin Center at Bastyr University, 2016
  • Creator and Lead Facilitator, Primal Sequence + Body-Mind Centering Workshop, co-taught with Chanti Smith, 2016
  • Narrative Medicine Workshop, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa, 2016
  • Narrative Medicine Workshop for Clinical Students, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2016
  • Comprehensive Reproductive Health, guest speaker, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2016
  • Lead Trainer, Full-Spectrum Doula Training, LA Doula Project, 2015
  • Assistant Teacher, Embodied Beginnings, 2012-2015
  • Narrative Medicine Workshop, California Academy of Family Physicians Conference, IONS, 2014
  • The Body of the Story: Introduction to Illness Narratives, Antioch University, 2014
  • Beautiful Terrible Things: live storytelling performance [graduate thesis] with Bit Smith, Columbia University, 2014
  • Creative Writing for First Year Medical Students, Columbia University with Chris Adrian, MD, MFA, MDiv, 2014
  • Writing the Way Through: Workshop for Caregivers, Gilda's Club NYC, 2014
  • Stories from the Narrow Place: Narratives of the Exodus, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, 2014
  • Panelist, Calling, Career, and Commitment, The New School University, 2014
  • Womb Wit: Writing WorkshopMother Wit Conference, 2014
  • Healing and Childbirth TraumaAssociation for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health Conference, 2013
  • Honey from the Rock: Notes from the Canyon of Fetal Loss [undergraduate thesis], Antioch University, 2010
  • Poetry readings in: Washington, New York, Connecticut, and California, 2000-present

Trauma Healing Training

  • Body into Being: Somatic Trauma Resolution Advanced Practitioner Training, 2017-2018
  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy 700-Hour Practitioner Training, Colorado School of Energy Studies, 2016-2018
  • Perinatal, Birth & Attachment Therapy 700-Hour Practitioner Training, Kutenai Institute, 2013-2016
  • Full Embodiment: Foundation, Anatomy of Arousal and Embodied Relationships Workshops, 2016
  • Assistant Facilitator, Birthing Yourself Womb Surround Workshops, 2014-2016
  • Teaching and Clinical Support Apprenticeship, Embodied Beginnings, 2013-2015
  • Participant in Womb Surround Birth Process Workshops, 2011-2017
  • Loss and Grief Course, 2009

Holistic Reproductive Health Training

  • Full Spectrum Doula Training, Bay Area Doula Project, 2015
  • Birth in the Garden: Birth Worker as Healer, Year Long Course in Holistic Health, Embodied Beginnings, 2014
  • Lily Flower Essences in Bodywork, Julia Graves, 2014
  • Lily Flower Essences for Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum, Julia Graves, 2014
  • Acupressure and Craniosacral Therapy for Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum, Embodied Beginnings, 2012-2014
  • Acute Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum, Embodied Beginnings, 2012-2014
  • Western Herbalism for Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum, Embodied Beginnings, 2012-2014
  • HypnoBirthing® for Birth Professionals, Embodied Beginnings, 2013
  • Mamma Primitiva Traditional Midwifery, 2012-2013
  • Advanced Midwifery Skills Intensive, The Farm Midwifery, 2012
  • Beginning and Intermediate Midwifery Skills Practicums, Embodied Beginnings, 2012
  • Herbs and Homeopathy for the Childbearing Years, Tioma Allison, CNM, 2012
  • Herbs for Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum, Sacred Vibes Apothecary, 2012
  • Fertility Awareness Method, Planned Parenthood NYC, 2012
  • Integrative Nutrition and Ancient Foods, Shaina Kamman, BCHC, 2012
  • Comfort Measures, NYC Doula Collective, 2012
  • Breastfeeding Education, DONA International Certified Lactation Education Resources, 2012
  • Postpartum Depression and Infant Death, Tribeca Pediatrics, 2012
  • DONA Birth Doula Training with Penny Simkin, Bastyr University, 2010 
  • Removing the Barriers: LGBTQ Healthcare, National Lesbian Health Organization, 2010
  • HIV/AIDS Training, 2009
  • Adult and Infant CPR Certification, American Heart Association, 2009
  • Certified Nursing Assistant, Washington State, NC 60135737, 2009

Ritual Facilitation Training

Creative Writing Training



Residencies & Fellowshops

  • Narrative Medicine Fellow, Columbia University, 2015-2016
  • Writer-in-Residence, Richard Hugo House: Consultant, Youth Writing Camp Teaching Assistant, Open Mic Night Host, 2003-2004

Professional Memberships