Joe Weldon, Co-FounderJoe, Co-founder of the Somatic Therapy Center,is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Master Somatic Therapist with over 30 years of teaching people from around the world to become somatic practitioners. Having given over 50,000 individual sessions, he is a experienced guide in the art of Transformative Touch. Joe has taught at the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania as well as at Villanova University. He is a true believer in the innate wisdom of the whole being and the healing power of humor.
Noel Wight, Co-DirectorNoel is a Master Somatic Therapist and a Co- Founder of the Somatic Therapy Center. Having studied and taught with Ilana Rubenfeld,the founder of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, Noel brings over 28 years of experience to her work.Together with her husband, Joe Weldon she has presented workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, as well as various conferences including USABP, The Psychotherapy Networker, and Renfrew conferences. She is passionately committed to helping people connect what’s happening in their bodies to what’s happening in their lives allowing them to heal from both physical and emotional pain.”Your body is a wise ally, guide, and resource- it is home to your soul" is her leading mantra. Whether seeing individual clients, presenting workshops or training practitioners of Transformative Touch, Noel provides a clear beacon of light and compassionate presence on your journey to your fullest self.
Chris HammerChris is a Certified Somatic Therapist in private practice and a mixed media artist. She graduated from the Rubenfeld Synergy Method Training Program in 2000. Shortly thereafter, Chris entered the Rubenfeld Synergy Teaching Intern Program because of her belief in the work and strong desire to teach others. After 12 years of teaching, she is now a Master Trainer for the Somatic Therapy Center with a training locale in Long Island. Chris also continues her role a mentor. Chris’ background as a clinical supervisor in a school for children with disabilities, an adjunct professor at SUNY Stony Brook and 30+ years as a Physical Therapist, gives her a strong foundation of how the body moves and the importance of the integration of body, mind, emotions and spirit. Informed by her passions for art, poetry and music, Chris blends her strong clinical skills to compassionately guide her clients to more fully appreciate their true nature and move with greater ease in their lives.
Lorie SpecialeLorie Speciale is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and certified Somatic Therapist. She has been practicing since 2000 and became a faculty member of the Rubenfeld Synergy Training Institute in 2008.Lorie is now a Master Trainer for The Somatic Therapy Center and co-directs the Long Island Training site. Lorie maintains her private practice on Long Island, NY. Through her strong intuitive sense and deep spiritual beliefs, Lorie gently invites her clients to move through life with greater physical, emotional, and spiritual freedom.
Sarah BakerCertified in 2007, Sarah joined the faculty of the Rubenfeld Synergy Training Institute in 2012 and now joins the faculty of The Somatic Therapy Center. Having started her life with a fun loving career in the performing arts, Sarah now uses the healing art of Transformative Touch to help people live more embodied and inspired lives. She is also a Certified mentor and maintains her private practice in Park Slope-Brooklyn, New York. Sarah loves helping her clients and students connect to their own inner guidance system and aliveness. Knowing that soulful healing happens when our whole selves- body, mind, emotions and Spirit - are touched, moved and deeply listened to.
Pam Neimeth, Training Coordinator
I am a certified social worker and have been providing counseling and support services since 1986.I spent many of my earlier years as a therapist working in the anti-violence movement as crisis counselor and Director of programs for victims and survivors of sexual violence. Through this work I came to recognize how trauma and abuse affects body, mind and spirit. It is my belief that in order to experience true healing all three of these areas must be supported. Based on this belief, I have studied, practiced and taught various types of somatic and mind/body therapies. In 1996 I attended a week long training at The Omega Institute with Ilana Rubenfeld and was exposed to her work. This was a Eureka!! moment for me. I was deeply moved by the beauty of this work and in the year 2000, completed a four-year intensive training program to become a certified Rubenfeld Synergist. It was here that I met and had the amazing fortune to study with Joe Weldon and Noel Wight, who I consider to be my primary teachers. As a Somatic Therapist I help my clients to engage with the their bodies and explore ways to feel safe and empowered in their daily lives.
Additionally, I am involved as a teacher and organizer in the broader field of Somatic Psychotherapy. I am an Associate Faculty in the Master’s of Counseling Program at Prescott College where I am director of the Somatic Counseling Concentration. I also run a business called Blue Heron Healing Journeys (www.blueheronhealingjourneys.com) that integrates running as a strategy for healing trauma based on current research about trauma and neuroscience.
I am a recent transplant from Rhinebeck, New York and now live in the magical Redwoods above the Ocean in Santa Cruz, California.
With kindness and compassion as my guiding values, it is my goal to support others in finding a balanced approach to embodied living.
Brittiney GeorgeBrittiney George is a Movement Practitioner specializing in Transformative Touch and Infant Massage Education. She is the founder of Life Imitating Heart™ and has over 18 years experience teaching restorative movement in both private and group settings. A former native of Michigan, Brittiney moved to Pennsylvania in 1999 and embarked on an 11 year career as a corporate manger and trainer in the financial services industry, while also working with individual clients at a local Pilates studio. In 2012, she transitioned from the corporate world into private practice at The Resiliency Center in Flourtown, PA where she sees private clients, co-leads a monthly workshop series called Connection, Expression and Movement, and also a HSP in Leadership Community Circle. She also teaches Infant Massage Education, Baby Sign Language®Classes and gentle, exploratory movement classes. A few fun facts about Brittiney:
• She Interned at University of Michigan-MedSport Physical Therapy Center
• She was a DVAEYC Early Childhood Conference Speaker (2016) on “The Impact of Touch on Child Development”
• She was also an Inspired Family Conference Speaker (2014) on “Using Touch to Help Reduce Stress for You and Your Baby”
• She joined the Somatic Therapy Faculty in 2017 as a Teaching Assistant and Mentor
For more information about Brittiney George go to http://theresiliencycenter.com/practitioner/george-brittiney/