Peter Levine

Peter Levine

Biography

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Peter A. Levine, PhD, holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic, body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute, which conducts SETM trainings throughout the world and in various indigenous cultures. Some of Dr. Levine’s other achievements include being a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the space shuttle project, as well as a consultant to the Sandia Labs during their report on preventing terrorism commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security in 2002. Dr. Levine was a member of the APA Task Force: Psychologists for Social Responsibility in developing responses to large-scale disasters and ethno-political warfare. He is currently a Senior Fellow and consultant at The Meadows Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona.

Dr. Levine has written several books about trauma. His international best seller, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, has been translated into twenty-six languages. His other books include In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness; Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past– A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory; Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes – a resource book for child therapists and educators, Trauma- Proofing Your Kids, a guide for parents and teachers on how to recognize and prevent trauma, and Freedom From Pain, a guide for working with trauma-related pain. Levine’s original contribution to the field of Body-Psychotherapy was honored with the Life Time Achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy. He also received an honorary award as the Reiss-Davis Chair for his lifetime contribution to infant and child psychiatry.