This article on using SE to treat PTSD was written by J. Scott Janssen, MSW, LCSW for Social Work Today. Dave Berger is one of the practitioners interviewed .
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“I have worked in the healing arts profession as a manual physical therapist for the past (gulp!!:) 36 years and I find the SE work some of the most valuable that I have experienced. The precise, focused and gentle way of cellularly accessing tissue intelligence is a beautiful dance of listening deeply, observing intently and facilitating exquisitely. My daughter, 22 at the time, had a session with Dave and she had been hit by a car when she was 16. She had much body work by the best of the best and still there was something locked deeply in the cells that was creating pain, heaviness in the chest, anxiety and depression. After a one-hour session, I heard her laugh–you know that deep, gut authentic laugh, that I hadn’t heard in years. She clearly was accessing a part of self that had been buried and cut off for some time. I am grateful for the lasting effects of this work and the artistic dance with the cells. Thank you so much for the availability of this work.”
~ Dee Ahern, RPT
“Physical, psychological and spiritual pain and anxiety have been woven and entwined into the fabric of my life. They colored my very existence because I have lived with physical disabilities and pain all my life.
My amazing recovery journey is a testimony to Dave Berger’s knowledge, skill, and compassionate demeanor; both as a physical therapist and psychotherapist. He is a healer who really knows the body/mind connection. I have a neurological condition—cerebral palsey. I have dealt with PTSD, crippling pain from back and neck disc issues, and excruciating nerve pain and spasms on a daily basis as a child and adult.
Presently, I am happy to be relatively stable and pain management is under control. I can now participate in activities of daily living with greater ease and independence; I interact socially with more confidence. I truly know my body, mind, and soul. I credit Dave Berger’s knowledge and expertise; my family and friends have strongly acknowledged this as well. I highly recommend Dave Berger as a physical therapist and psychotherapist.”
~ Female client
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