NARM Training Assistants

Gina Essex, MA, LPC

Gina is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan, a NARM Practitioner and NARM Senior Training Assistant.  She has been in private practice for over ten years, with a focus on assisting clients who have experienced developmental and complex trauma. For Gina, the NARM practitioner training process provided a long awaited and highly effective road map to working with clients experiencing the effects of developmental trauma.  She is honored and excited to be part of a team that provides NARM training to other practitioners seeking to learn the NARM approach so that they too can be more effective in their professional practice and personal lives.

Contact email:
Phone: 616-209-2781

NARM TrainingsColumbus, Chicago, Arizona, Berkeley

Sherri Sharkins, MA, SEP

Sherri is a NARM Practitioner and NARM Senior Training Assistant.  She received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis is Depth Psychotherapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is certified in Somatic Experiencing (SE) and works as the Program Director for A Sober Way Home, a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Prescott AZ.  She employs attachment focused therapy informed by the Neuro-affective Relational Model (NARM) and Diane Poole Heller’s Dynamic Attachment Repatterning (DARe) and specializes in working with clients who suffer from relational and developmental trauma. Sherri integrates a bottom up (body-centered) and top down (cognitive behavioral) approach to access unconscious beliefs and patterns of behavior that limit one’s connection with self and others.

Contact Email:
Phone: 928-235-6668

NARM TrainingsColumbus, Arizona, Berkeley

Jamal Granick, PhD, LMFT

Jamal is a psychotherapist in the SF Bay area and has been in practice since 1994. Originally trained in a humanistic model, he continued training in experiential approaches including hypnotherapy and somatic psychotherapies. Most recently, he has focused on NARM, which has become the major influence on his work. In recent years, he has increasingly worked with people who have experienced early and developmental trauma. Jamal obtained a Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in 2011, and did his doctoral research on transpersonal aspects of therapist’s presence in psychotherapy.

Contact email:
Phone: 415-248-1772

NARM TrainingsAustin, Berkeley

Ellen Byrne, CMT, SEP

I have had a private practice in therapeutic bodywork since 1995, grounded and informed by Somatic Experiencing since 2004.  I completed the NARM training in January 2016 and the Chicago Training will be my second round of assisting.  My practice is based on a combination of grounded presence, supportive touch and inquiry.  NARM has provided the “missing link” for me in supporting my clients to tap into their innate resilience, ability to self regulate and move into the world with agency and passion.  I am Buddhist in my personal spiritual orientation, and open to whatever your outlook may be.  I practice yoga and in my spare time, bicycle around the world with my husband.  I’m thrilled to be here to support your learning experience in NARM.

Contact email:
Phone: 831-566-5270

NARM TrainingsChicago, Austin, Berkeley

Liv Søchting

My name is Liv Søchting, and I am from Denmark. I currently live in Copenhagen, but I grew up in a smaller town near the border to Germany. As a young adult, I left Denmark to live in the US, England and finally settling in New Zealand with my New Zealand partner. I started university here and achieved a BA/BCom conjoint degree from the University of Auckland, with psychology/ linguistics and management as my majors. Whilst there I got my first real experience of counselling when volunteering at a helpline and was trained in Client-Centered counselling. This changed the focus of my university studies and when we moved to Denmark, I made psychology my field and I achieved a MA in psychology from the University of Copenhagen. I have authorization from Psykolognævnet (which means that I am a qualified psychologist).  Since then I have mainly worked in private practice with both individuals, couples, and families; with adults, adolescents and children. I have trained in psychodynamic and cognitive therapy; hypnotherapy and emdr, as well as NARM. I am part of the first NARM training in Denmark and the first Masters’ training in the US.

Contact email:
Phone: (+45) 6166 2535 Website:

NARM TrainingsChicago, Columbus, Austin

Pamela Paradowski, PhD, SEP

Pamela is a psychologist practicing in both California and Iowa. She received her BA at Maharishi International University, which integrated the study of consciousness into all disciplines. She attended Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia and received her Master’s Degree in Art, Dance and Music Therapy with an emphasis in Dance Therapy. She attended CSPP-Berkeley and received her PhD in clinical psychology. Pamela initially worked in the field of neuropsychology and has been actively involved in traumatic brain injury treatment, facilitating a free TBI support group in Oakland CA for the last 20 years. She is an SEP and has also completed her training in Raja Selvan’s ISP and Diane Heller’s DARE. She has a deep interest in Advaita Vedanta and how the dis-identification process of NARM relates to this school of thought. 

Contact email:
Phone: 510-433-9955

NARM TrainingsColumbus, Chicago, Austin

Michele Simone

Michele works both in private practice and in the community in San Luis Obispo California. “I enjoy being with people in ways that support a sense of aliveness, meaning, and clarity of purpose.  With curiosity, I like to explore how we design our lives, relate to one another, create community, and face the unknown. My approach is relational, experiential, and integrative—grounded in a variety of practices, including NARM, NeuroAffective Touch, Somatic Experiencing (SE), SE Touch, Lifespan Integration, and Attachment-based EMDR. I also work as a consultant to address systemic trauma within the workforce and to integrate trauma-informed awareness and practice within all levels of an organization, including residential treatment for adolescents and intentional restorative practices between administrators, managers, and staff within and between human service agencies. I am excited to be a part of the NARM Assistant Training Team and look forward to supporting our vibrant and growing community.”

Contact email: 
Phone:  805.500.3056

NARM TrainingsAustin

Maggie Homsy, LCSW, SEP, NMP

Maggie is a NARM Practitioner, NARM Training Assistant, and also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Psychotherapist. Over the past several years, Maggie has taught experientially oriented classes focused on somatic self-regulation tools. Throughout Maggie’s life, she has immersed herself in experiences that have challenged and expanded her sense of self, including twice living abroad (Germany, Ghana), living in spiritual community, and the recent transformation of her life following a California wildfire. Maggie is passionate about using life-altering experiences as a vehicle to connect with a truer sense of self and sees NARM as a powerful vehicle for such growth. Maggie lives in a small town in Northern California with her family where she has a private practice.

Contact email: Phone: 707.285.7400

NARM TrainingsAustin

Susanne Goldstein, LPC, NCC

Susanne is a Licensed Clinical Counselor, (LPC #16914) in the state of Arizona.  Over the last 19 years, her passion for assisting people to heal and develop authentic connections with “Self” led her to work with adolescents, young adults, and families.  Susanne’s professional counseling background is in developmental trauma, family system, and cognitive behavioral theoretical perspectives and she has clinical expertise in trauma-informed care.  She has experience working in a therapeutic boarding school for adolescent girls, crisis intervention call centers, on-site crisis intervention at crime scenes with police, in-home therapy, detoxification facilities, mental health hospitals and private agencies.  She has specialty training in treating developmental trauma and relationship injury utilizing EMDR with attachment and somatic focuses, Trauma Release Exercises, Post Induction and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, and NARM.  Susanne incorporates a holistic and experiential approach to treating trauma by seeing her clients as unique individuals while guiding them to a state of wholeness. 

Contact email: Phone: 720.626.0765

NARM TrainingsArizona

Burke Miller

In the course of my 27 years as a licensed Psychotherapist in Seattle my intent has always been to help ease my clients’ suffering through mindful presence and awareness that includes the wisdom of the body. I hold the belief in my clients innate capacity to heal, to move beyond self imposed limitations and to find their own wellspring of resiliency. I have found NARM to be an exquisite model that works in resolving developmental and relational trauma. I have been deeply touched to witness my clients experience a greater sense of aliveness and connection to themselves and to what is essential while feeling more personal agency and engagement in their lives. I’m excited to be here to support you in your experience of learning NARM and all that it has to offer.

Contact email: Phone: 206.706.9677

NARM TrainingsAustin

Laurie DiLorenzo 

Laurie is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in North Scottsdale. She is currently working on certification as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner as well as completing her training in the Neuroaffective Relational Model. Laurie’s primary clinical focus is on developmental, relational and shock trauma. Laurie shares: “finding NARM has completely shifted my work in a very deep way. NARM is the missing piece needed in working with my clients to create meaningful, lasting change in their lives. It is such a privilege to be part of this training and I am very excited to support your learning.”

Contact email:
Phone: 480.508.0440

NARM TrainingsArizona

Mike Giresi

Mike found his passion for helping others through his own journey of healing and recovery. He started his career in the mental health field working with adult clients who suffered from complex trauma and PTSD, as well as chemical and process addictions. He has since traveled to India to study and become certified in Yoga and Meditation. He is a Florida Certified Addiction Counselor and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).  Mike is also a nationally Certified Trauma Professional through Spirit2Spirit Trauma Healing and has been trained in Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) by Dr. Raja Selvam as well as Integral Breath Therapy by Carol Lampman. He is currently the Lead Counselor at Family First Adolescent Services, a residential and outpatient treatment center for adolescents and their families who struggle with addiction and trauma located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In addition, Mike is excited to serve as a Training Assistant for the NARM Training Institute, helping to support clinicians as they learn the NARM approach to working with issues stemming from developmental, attachment and relational trauma.  

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Maureen Harrington, SEP, CMT

Maureen has extensive training in trauma resolution. Since 2002 she has enjoyed a private practice combining Somatic Experiencing, SE Touch, cranial and visceral gentle touch as well as Orthobionomy. She completed her NARM training in 2015 and for the last 2 years, has been a participant in the monthly NARM study groups offered in the Bay Area. Beginning in 2005, she became actively involved as a teaching assistant for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute’s Professional SE Trainings and for 8 years served as coordinator and Lead Teaching Assistant at Esalen Institute to the founder of SE, Dr. Peter Levine. Outside of the Bay Area, she has served with the Trauma Outreach Program bringing SE to survivors of Hurricane Katrina in Baton Rouge, LA. She has offices located in Oakland and Sebastopol, CA where she works with adults and adolescents. Maureen also offers sessions by phone or via Skype.

Contact email:
Phone: 707-319-2007

NARM TrainingsChicago, Arizona

Carol Ladue

Carol is a NARM practitioner, a Somatic Experiencing and Touch Practitioner. With more than thirty years in private practice, she has trained in various Mind-body processes including developmental healing touch work via Kathy Kain and Aline LaPierre, the Feldenkrais Method, Focusing and Meditation.  Her curiosity and deep appreciation of how trauma, especially early trauma, influences our physiology, world view and personal identity forms the heart of her practice

Contact email:
Phone: 510.301.6986

NARM TrainingsArizona, Berkeley

Suzie Gruber, M.A., SEP

Suzie holds advanced degrees in chemistry & psychology   She spent 15 years in biotechnology before returning to her first love: helping people transform their lives.  A Somatic Experiencing and a NeuroAffective Relational Model Practitioner in private practice in Ashland, Oregon, Suzie leads seminars that teach people about our hard-wired response to stress and trauma’s legacy imprints, unlocking the keys to puzzling beliefs and behavior.

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