Introduction to Somatic Trauma Healing

3 Part Pre-Recorded Webinar Series

Take your work to a new level through key concepts in Somatic Experiencing® and Perinatal Psychology - a relational, multi-disciplinary perspective founded in physiologic birth and the innate capacity to heal. Explore ways to create & maintain support and safety, track birth patterns in yourself and your clients, and discover ways to be more embodied and resourced! Gain basic yet profound skills to apply in your practice. Understand autonomic nervous system physiology, trauma and the relationship to birth. Sense your own nervous system cycles and “window of presence.”

Learning Objectives

  • Tune into your and your client’s needs to navigate and resolve tension
  • Define birth patterns in order to shift current day patterns
  • Feel more resourced in your work and personal life
  • Experience more ease in practicing self-care
  • Learn body oriented listening skills with simple mindfulness and centering practices


Anyone who works with childbearing families, including maternity and infant care providers, doulas, childbirth educators, lactation specialists, behavioral health practitioners, prenatal yoga teachers, perinatal support group facilitators, early childhood educators and more.

Learn how physiologic wiring necessitates connection, bonding, attachment and co-regulation. Practice simple exercises based in neuroscience, attachment theory, and polyvagal theory to prevent exhaustion and burnout, and prevent feelings of disempowerment and isolation. Discover ways to notice when you need support. Develop a list of internal and external resources.

Through understanding your own birth patterning you will be empowered to take your work to a whole new level. We will explore ways to create and maintain support and safety, track birth patterns in yourself and your clients/patients, and discover ways to be even more embodied and resourced! This work changes lives because it is relational, multi-disciplinary and founded in a trust of birth and our capacity to heal.

“I received so much insights on the importance of the principles in everyday life. I will have more focus on my breath and pacing, and also put my self care as a priority. I will slow down in prenatals and remember to breathe in the hospital!” — Amethyst Hertsens, Doula, Childbirth Educator, Rebozo Educator, Newborn Care Specialist
“I will build more layers of support. I realized I don’t have to do it all on my own. I learned a new language for childbirth classes and a new model to make sense of labors through sequencing and pacing.” — Silvie Falschlunger, Doula, Childbirth Educator, Westchester, New York

3 pre-recorded webinars taught by Elsa Asher & Chanti Smith, at Simkin Center, Bastyr University

Class Curriculum

  Creating Support & Safety
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  Understanding Birth Patterns
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  The Importance of Relationship
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Your Instructor

Elsa Asher
Elsa Asher

I am a practitioner of somatics with a specialty in healing developmental and intergenerational trauma.

My ancestors are Sami, Ashkenazi and Sephardi Hebrew people, Scot-Irish, Western and Southern European, and Native North American.

I hold a master’s degree in Narrative Medicine and multiple certifications in bodywork and somatic therapy. I’ve trained with leading teachers in their fields, including: Anna Chitty, John Chitty, Ray Castellino, Myrna Martin, Daniel Foor, Rita Charon, Sayantani DasGupta, and Maura Spiegel.

I work with the modalities of Prenatal, Birth and Attachment Therapy, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and Ancestral Lineage Healing and work with individuals and families in-person and online. I have received kehunah (ordination) as a Hebrew ritualist and facilitate life cycle rituals and rites of passage. Additionally, I am a professor of Narrative Medicine and teach in both academic and community spaces.

I was born and grew up on Duwamish land - Seattle, Washington, lived on Lenni Lenape land - Brooklyn and New York, New York for a decade, and I currently live on Ohlone land - Berkeley, California. My pronouns are they/them/theirs.


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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