The following is a list of cutting edge transformational therapy modalities for training Helping Professionals and for finding those trained in each, to work with individuals. This list below offers suggested options for working with Trauma, Attachment Bonding issues, challenged Survival Strategies and one for Nature Based Soul Encounter work. There are other excellent modalities out there but these are ones that I think are some of the best.

AVI Animus Valley

Bill Plotkin, Ph.D: Depth psychologist, wilderness guide and cultural change agent. Author of 3 deeply moving powerful books on humans in relation to, Soul and Nature. Site offers public workshops, wilderness programs and Animus Quests. AVI also offers certifications in nature-based guide work.

Daniel Siegel M.D &

Forerunner in the field of neuroscience of attachment and child development and author of numerous books. Mindsite Institute offers workshops and online trainings for Helping Professionals and individuals EFT Emotionally Focused Therapy

Dr. Sue Johnson &

relational work based on attachment and bonding science. Trainings and workshops for Helping Professionals, couples, family and individuals. Nationwide and International list of practitioners available (this is not EFT Emotional Freedom Technique, yet that one has some value too)

Gottman Institute

Drs. John and Julie Gottman: research-based approach to relationships. Workshops for training Helping Professionals and couples. They have developed nine components of healthy relationships knows as the Sound Relationship House Theory. Practitioner references also available

Hakomi Therapy

Ron Kurtz: Professional trainings in a widely recognized mindfulness based somatic oriented psychotherapeutic approach. This was one of the first somatic therapies and has evolved tremendously since its inception in the 70’s. Site contains a list of practitioners worldwide.

Center for Healing Shame &

Sheila Rubin, MA, LMFT and Bret Lyon, Ph.D: Trainings for therapists and Helping Professionals on leading edge work in Shame: a somatic, expressive arts and relational approach. Practitioner list available on

IFS Internal Family Systems

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D: A rapidly growing therapy modality that honors the multiplicity of the mind and is written about in detail in this book. IFS is considered “evidence based” (A professional research based designation) with trauma and other challenging issues. Professional trainings, certifications and practitioners list available on the web site

NARM NeuroAffective Relational Model

Laurence Heller, Ph.D: Author of Healing Developmental Trauma – neuroscience and attachment theory based approach uses somatic mindfulness and developmentally informed interventions. Site offers Professional trainings and list of practitioners

PACT Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy


Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT: Author of 5 public books on relationship. His work integrates developmental neuroscience, attachment theory, emotional arousal regulation, with principals of adult romantic relationships. His site offers trainings for professionals and retreats for couples and PACT Therapist Directory

SPI Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute

Pat Ogden, Ph.D: SP joins somatic therapy and psychotherapy for healing the disconnection between the body and the mind, especially in trauma The site offers Professional trainings including affect dysregulation, survival defenses and traumatic memory, attachment repair and more. Site includes a Referral List

SE Somatic Experiencing

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D: leader in the field of Trauma, author of numerous widely acclaimed books. Site offers Professional trainings and list of approved providers

Other important researchers, authors, Centers and writings worth looking up.

Alan N. Schore, M.D

As a psychiatrist and researcher in neuropsychology he is a Leading contributor to Affect regulation theory, Developmental neuroscience, developmental psychology, attachment theory, trauma and more – author of four seminal books

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D and

Groundbreaking researcher in the area of post-traumatic stress since 1970s, his work focuses on the interaction of attachment, neurobiology, and developmental trauma. His Book: The Body Keeps the Score, is a NY Times bestseller and respected by professionals in the field of psychotherapy as well. He writes about IFS as one of a few therapies he recommends.

Bruce Ecker, LMFT

Author of Unlocking the Emotional Brain and Coherence Therapy
This work is based on the recent discovery of memory reconsolidation by neuroscientists. This allows us to dissolve an emotional learning rather than just do a workaround with a new intentional response

Diana Fosha, Ph.D:

ADeveloper of AEDP Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for healing trauma and suffering and toward expanding emergent transformational experiences. Trainings

DDr. Daniel Amen

In the field of neurobiological science, Dr. Amen and his team have developed a cutting-edge diagnostic system of brain biology for addiction, depression, and other brain conditions. Eight different types of depression and deeper physiological causes of addiction can be identified. The Amen Clinics integrate conventional and new treatments mostly with neutraceuticals, which are science-based yet natural substances. Check out the Amen Clinics across the country at

Pat De Young, Ph.D

Author of Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame: A Relational/Neurobiological Approach. This is an amazing book that takes a very thorough look with great explanations of the many aspects of shame.

Dr. Sebern Fisher

Author of Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear Driven Brain

Yes Magazine

Yes! is a non-profit, ad-free magazine that covers topics of social justice, environmental sustainability, alternative economics, and peace. The magazine is published by Positive Futures Network. It provides inspiration and what is happening on a grass roots level that is extremely positive. It covers news we might otherwise have no awareness of, as normal media does not cover this in depth truth reporting as well as good news.


The Recovery Village

The Recovery Village offers comprehensive treatment for dual diagnosis based drug and alcohol rehab, eating disorder and mental health treatments tailored to the patient’s specific needs.

Drug Rehab .com’s mission is to equip those struggling with substance use and their families with the best research backed information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and pursue lifelong recovery. Recovery is a lifelong journey. It’s easier when you’re surrounded by support. Whether you’re in recovery or you’re supporting a loved one, support options are available for you.

Coherence Therapy

With neuroscientists’ recent discovery of memory reconsolidation, it is stated that there exists a form of neuro plasticity that allows an emotional learning or schema stored in long-term implicit memory (that which we are unaware of) to actually be erased, not just over written and suppressed by learning a preferred response. IFS ( Internal Family Systems Therapy that Dr. Joy works with) also integrates the steps that allows this memory re-consolidation to occur.

Bruce Ecker, LMFT, for an overview of the research and explanation of reconsolidation read more on the same web page

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