Kathy L. Kain has practiced and taught bodywork and trauma recovery skills for over 30 years. She teaches in Europe, Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States.
Kathy’s trainings cover various interwoven focus areas, including trauma recovery, somatic touch, self-regulation skills, and resilience. These focus areas ultimately weave together into a unified somatic approach to touch, awareness, and relationship. Her educational approach encourages students to engage an ongoing practice that deepens their skills and expertise as they gradually embody the work and make it their own.
Kathy is a senior trainer in the Somatic Experiencing training program, an adjunct faculty member of Sonoma State University, and was a senior trainer for 12 years in the Somatic Psychotherapy training program based in Sydney, Australia. She co-authored the books The Tao of Trauma: A Practitioner’s Guide for Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Treatment and Nurturing Resilience: Helping Clients Move Forward from Developmental Trauma.
Steve Terrell is a single adoptive parent of two children, living and practicing in Austin, Texas. Steve specializes in Attachment and Developmental Trauma Therapies. He has fully integrated touch work into his practice, which focuses on children and adults who have been affected by early trauma. He is a recognized leader in his work with adopted children and their families (both domestic and international). He combines his training in Neurosequential Development, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists, Reality Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR). He has also worked with first responders, and is trained in Trauma First Aid. Steve is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops on attachment-related issues, and the neurobiology of trauma.
Tony was one of the original trainers and exponents of Somatic Therapy in Australia in the late 1970s. Originally trained in the US, he is also a medical practitioner and psychiatrist. While Tony has not been teaching regularly in Australia or the US for many years, he continues to teach Buddhist inspired Somatic Therapies in Germany, as he has done for the past 25 years. Tony has an interest in working with chronic pain, and continues to supervise medical students, trainee pain specialists, and psychiatrists at a major hospital in Sydney, Australia.
Kathy uses the term “Somatic Practice” to describe her work and educational approach because it can’t be simplified into a definable method or a predetermined set of techniques. Practitioners on this training path choose to engage ongoing practice that gradually changes their way of working, touching, relating, and being—thus it feels more accurate to call this work a “practice” rather than naming it as a particular “thing” or a certain person’s “training method”.