Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, LMFT, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, a licensed Somatic Psychotherapist, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 40823). She trains health professionals in the Hakomi Method in California, Australia and Europe. She recently developed a Hakomi based trauma and attachment training for clinicians in Germany. Manuela specializes in integrating somatic psychotherapy with somatic trauma therapy, attachment psychotherapy, infant mental health and movement therapy.
She serves as a faculty member at John F. Kennedy University and Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology). She holds an MA in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and a BA in Dance Therapy from the Naropa University.
In addition, she has trained in various methods of working with trauma and counseled survivors of political oppression, torture and trauma. She is a practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a trauma resolution method developed by Peter Levine. She is a graduate Fellow at the Napa Infant Mental Health Fellowship Program, led by Dr. Ed Tronick. She is a recent graduate of the Child Trauma Institute of San Francisco and has expanded her practice in working with children and parents suffering the effects of trauma.
Manuela has extensive training in the field of movement therapies, and is an authorized Continuum Movement teacher. She has also been a student of Buddhist meditation practice for many years and has authored two books: '8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well Being' and 'Somatic Psychotherapy Toolbox: 125 Worksheets and Exercises to Treat Trauma & Stress'.
Staci has been experimenting at the intersections of personal and social transformation for the last 30 years through the work of somatics, trauma healing, embodied leadership, and transformative justice. Staci is the author of "The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing and Social Justice" (North Atlantic Books 2019) and "Healing Sex: A Mind Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma" (Cleis 1999, 2007), which has been translated into German, Japanese and Spanish.
Staci is an innovator in the field of Somatics focusing on how it can bring transformative capacity to social and climate justice movements, and help to heal the impacts of trauma and oppression. She runs online and in person programs and teacher training, and partners with social change organizations. She is the co-founder, and prior executive director, of generative somatics, a multiracial social justice capacity building organization. She is a senior teacher at Strozzi Institute and a core contributor to that methodology. In 1999 Staci founded generationFIVE, a non-profit whose mission is to end the sexual abuse of children within five generations, using transformative justice approaches.
Staci has recently partnered with The Equality Lab, Healing Justice London, Somatic Abolition, Transformative Change, the Trauma Research Foundation, Embodywise and others. You can find about more about Staci, her programs, and the organizations mentioned above at: stacihaines.com
Ashley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 115141), a certified Hakomi teacher and a holistic reproductive health practitioner. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and attended The Wright Institute in Berkeley, where she earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology. Prior to attaining her MFT license, Ashley provided counseling to adults, couples and children and designed and facilitated support groups in a variety of settings. She has been a part of the Hakomi community since 2006. Ashley is currently in private practice in Los Angeles where she works with individuals, couples and groups. Ashley’s dual training in somatic psychotherapy and holistic health opened her to the benefits of using our bodies to achieve an integrated state of wellbeing. She brings this sense, along with a deep love of our messy humanness, to her work and teaching.
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