Being Well Podcast: Healing Trauma with Peter Levine
March 9, 2020

Dr. Peter Levine, a legendary expert on the subject of healing trauma, joins Forrest and I to discuss the power trauma holds over the body, how we can truly connect with others, and simple practices for calming fear and unwinding from trauma.

Peter Levine, PhD, is a psychologist, researcher, and former stress consultant with NASA. He specializes in working with trauma and stress-related disorders. Dr. Levine developed Somatic Experiencing, a body-oriented approach to treating trauma which focuses on processing traumatic memory, calming the nervous system, and releasing traumatic shock from the body. The approach was inspired by his observation of trauma recovery behaviors in nature.

In addition to working in the field of stress and trauma for over 40 years, Dr. Levine is also the author of the best-selling, classic book on trauma Waking the Tiger. He’s authored and co-authored several other fantastic books including Healing Trauma, In an Unspoken Voice, and Trauma and Memory.


  • 03:06: The power of trauma on the body.
  • 13:36: The role of the practitioner during therapy.
  • 19:32: Learning empathetic attunement. 
  • 25:39: What can people who carry trauma, but aren’t seeing anyone for it, do on their own to release it?
  • 34:45: Major vs. “minor” cases of trauma.

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