Dave Berger, LCMHC, PT, MA has practiced physical therapy and psychotherapy for 33 years, uniquely integrating his practices for clients with physical pain and movement problems, trauma histories, back and neck problems, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. He uses a diverse array of traditional and complementary healing practices. Dave is a certified Somatic Experiencing® practitioner, consultant and teacher of the long-term training. He is also a Rosen Method Bodywork practitioner.
Dave is a mental health counselor (New Hampshire), marriage and family therapist (California) and physical therapist. He uses his training in verbal and somatic/body oriented psychotherapy in his work with clients. He understands the relationship between an individual’s challenges, their family system dynamics, and cultural issues. In therapy a client may expect to talk, use body awareness and relaxation, trauma renegotiation, hands-on (when appropriate) interventions, movement and exercise to help in their healing process.
Dave’s own unique training for trauma therapists, BASE™, Bodywork And Somatic Education, brings together his integrative healing arts work in the field of Somatics. His continuing dream, in the field and in this training, is to provide education and opportunity for healing arts practitioners to learn to work along the continuum typically referred to as ‘body-mind’ therapies, a dichotomy he considers misleading but popularly used.
Dave is a faculty member for Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and teaches the Somatic Experiencing Training. He has developed an advanced training called BASE™, Bodywork and Somatic Education™ for Trauma Therapists. He has also been a professor of physical therapy at Notre Dame College and Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire, and has held adjunct faculty positions at several colleges. He offers training programs throughout the United States and is available upon request for scheduling as a speaker and trainer.
Dave is available for individual and group consultations and for direct supervision of New Hampshire mental health practitioners. He offers training programs throughout the United States and is available upon request for scheduling as a speaker and trainer.
For more information on consultation services, supervision or to schedule a training program, email Dave directly.
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“Dave Berger’s BASE™ training provided me with an array of new tools to “read bodies” and treat clients with complex trauma. His videos, graphics, one-to-one mentoring, clear demos and sense of humor made new learning easy and fun! BASE™ is a MUST for practitioners wanting to increase their skills in hands-on somatic work.”
~ Maggie Kline, MFT, SEP, Senior International SETI Faculty
“Dave Berger is a very gifted teacher who creates an environment of trust, curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. He has an amazing ability to combine his extensive knowledge about human physiology, psychology, and emotional states in a way that facilitates student intellectual and personal growth. Dave Berger integrates his extensive experience as a physical therapist, mental health therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner into a unique style that is refreshing, down-to-earth, and practical. My own knowledge base and Somatic Experiencing skills were enhanced significantly after assisting Dave and I only wish I had the opportunity to work with and learn from him on a regular basis. Individuals who want to understand and develop body-based therapy skills at beginning through advanced levels will not want to miss an opportunity to learn from Dave Berger.”
~ Lisa R. LaDue, MSW, LISW, Executive Director Pi Trauma Services Group, Ltd. and Co-Founder/Director, National Mass Fatalities Institute
“Dave has been generous and supportive in each of the roles he played in my training as a somatic psychotherapist. He supervised one of my LMHC internships, provided SE supervision, and is teaching while I assist in the SE Training. I learn from the content of his teaching, and his ability to move between psychodynamic and somatic theory and practice. I was often surprised by the breadth of his experiences and ability to apply his understanding of theory to complex therapeutic situations. As I learn more and refine my skills I continue to seek him out to help with the most challenging therapeutic issues in my work. It is also clear to me from observing his teaching and working closely with him for a year at the Integrative Medicine Center that Dave is committed to providing the most supportive and effective teaching strategies, while creating safety, holding clear boundaries, and he is a natural teacher.”
~ Lynn Abraham, LMHC, MA, SEP, LMT (NH)