Resources for Somatic Embodiment

Books, Audio, Videos

In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Peter Levine

Healing Trauma: Attachment, Mind, Body and Brain and The Developing Mind: Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology by Daniel Siegel

Trauma Through A Child’s Eyes by Peter Levine and Maggie Kline

Poly Vagal Theory by Stephen Porges

Becoming Attached by Robert Karen

Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain by Sue Gerhardt

Sensing, Feeling, and Action by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Birth’s Hidden Legacy, Vol I and II by Annie Brook

Human Embryology, 3rd Edition by William J. Larsen

Nature, Nurture and the Power of Love by Bruce Lipton, many talks on YouTube

Bonding: Building the Foundations of Secure Attachment and Independence by Marshall Klaus

Dancing with Yin and Yang by John Chitty. Also go to, to “Reference Library” for extensive reading lists, and “Resources” for videos and podcasts of teachings and exercises


Research and Articles

Chitty, John. Various, see

Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, see, to “Libraries” for articles, book reviews, and research— you can subscribe to the quarterly publication that includes research from leading experts

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study,, and see Nadine Burke Harris’ TED talk, How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

White, Kate. “Interview with Ray Castellino, DC, RPP, RCST, The Principles,” Journey of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 27(3), Spring 2013. — located in google drive


Embodied Movement and Healing

Embodied Beginnings: Chanti Smith, CPM, SEP. Somatic therapist, midwife, and herbalist. Individual and group work, integrating Somatic Experiencing® and biodynamic craniosacral therapy, Body Mind Centering, and flower essences, as well as birth counseling to gently explore, re-pattern and resolve early trauma and imprinting.

Body, Mind, Centering: Developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, touch and movement re-patterning through experiential anatomy, embryology, and developmental/early infant patterns.

Continuum: Developed by Emilie Conrad, fluid movement practice, awakening embryology through embodied movement and sound.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy: Gentle and subtle whole body approach to healing. Hands on therapy, non-manipulative, non-invasive. Supports and nourishes the nervous system through affecting the flow of cerebral spinal fluid.

Somatic Experiencing: Developed by Peter Levine, body-awareness approach to healing trauma.

Pre, Perinatal and Birth Psychology: Developed by Ray Castellino, also taught by  Myrna Martin: Process Workshops to re-pattern and heal your own early trauma, and training programs for working with trauma and perinatal experiences.

Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health,