Peninsula Practitioners

Noam Kedem, Certified Hakomi Practitioner

Noam Kedem, Certified Hakomi Practitioner

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Office in Foster City
Combining wisdom from the East and the West, Noam works with clients in a private, inviting setting to gently and mindfully coach them on how to come to terms with, accept and embrace reality. First session is free.
Shay Barak

Shay Barak

Offices in Los Altos and San Mateo, CA

Shay provides a healing practice combining the theories of western psychology and eastern philosophies. Shay’s work takes clients through a well-contained journey of finding and overcoming beliefs, which have prevented them from reaching their full potential and from enjoying life to its fullest. Shay works with adults, couples, parents, and beings from all walks of life, who wish to make a change in the way they live.
Noëlle A. Morris, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Certified Massage Therapist

Noëlle A. Morris, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Certified Massage Therapist

(650) 776-4688

Office in Menlo Park, CA 

Noelle offers somatic touch to improve nervous system regulation and resilience and to increase capacity for self awareness and healthy attachment to adults and occasionally teenagers. She is Hakomi certified and uses these skills in a trauma and developmental healing context. She has been studying with Kathy Kain over the last 20 years. She is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner approved to provide personal sessions at all levels and consultation at the beginning level.

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Embodied Touch in Psychotherapy 

In-Person Training

Lead teacher: Shirley Dvir, MFT, PhD student

Embodied touch can be applied safely and ethically in psychotherapy. While verbal psychotherapy can feel limited to clients with developmental trauma, integrating safe touch with talk therapy can allow clients to reach deeper levels of healing. Touch can convey messages on a somatic level such as “you are not alone”, “I got your back”, and “you are held” which enhance integration of developmental trauma.

What will you learn? 

  • The ethics and benefits of touch in psychotherapy 
  • Bridging talk therapy and touch-based psychotherapy 
  • The physiology of developmental trauma 
  • Trauma, safety, and regulation 
  • Touch in the therapeutic relationship 
  • Shifting the focus in psychotherapy from wounding to healing
  • Immersing clients in a full, body-mind healing relationship

What’s Included: 

  • 4 hour online training on the ethics of touch in psychotherapy 
  • 5 day-long, in-person touch training including immersive hands-on practice 

This training is open to students who completed the RSH Beyond Attachment program.

We have a limited number of spaces. 


Zoom: May 5th, 9:00am-1:00pm

In-Person: May 17th, 10:30am-5:30pm

    May 18th-May 21st, 9:30am-5:00pm

Tuition: $1,950 

Location: 2149 Byron St, Berkeley, CA 94702 

Payment plan and CE’s available

For application or any inquiries please email


Course Title

Relational Somatic Healing: Embodied Touch in Psychotherapy - Live/Online and in-person

Course Description 

Touch, the language of the body, can reach the deepest layers of our clients’ wounding and healing. Verbal psychotherapy can feel limited to clients, especially those who continue to suffer with significant challenges to their emotional, mental, and physical health. Safe, embodied touch allows us to bring healing to the physiology of attachment, character, developmental trauma, and many other aspects of our clients’ experience that we cannot reach with talk therapy alone. This training will be rooted in the foundational elements, practiced in RSH Bonding Beyond Attachment training.

Relational Somatic Healing is a clinical training appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

Please note: This course does include activities that are not offered for CE credits. These include meditations, groundings, and small group connections and discussions. Participants must attend every session live. According to APA rules, no partial credits are given for missed trainings.

Course Details

When and where

May 5th (9am-1pm) via Zoom and
May 17th, May 18th, May 19th, May 20th, May 21th in-person

In-Person Hours: Wed: 10:30am-5:30pm. Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun: 9:30am - 5:00pm. 

Location: 2149 Byron St, Berkeley, CA 94702

Faculty: Shirley Dvir, LMFT; 

Cost: $1,950 and $55 for 18 CE credits

Participants need to cancel up to 2 weeks in advance to receive a 100% refund. If canceled after the 2-weeks-in-advance period they can use the credit for a future training or receive a 50% refund. Program Admin:

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the components for ethical, safe touch in psychotherapy.
  2. Discuss the impact of ongoing consent.
  3. Utilize clear boundaries between clients and therapists.
  4. Identify contraindications of touch in psychotherapy.
  5. Discuss the impact of systems of oppression and privilege on therapeutic touch work. 
  6. Describe the benefits of touch in psychotherapy.
  7. Apply Being as an inner state of the therapist. 
  8. Utilize therapeutic holds in practice sessions.
  9. Demonstrate use of therapeutic presence in touch work.
  10. Identify the difference between open and closed systems.
  11. Assess the presence of developmental trauma.
  12. Apply basic knowledge of anatomy.
  13. Identify the three layers of wounding: safety, nourishment and freedom. 
  14. Use receiving and naming to support the unfolding of the practice sessions.
  15. Demonstrate ability to follow countertransference and own comfort level with touch.
  16. Utilize Developmental map to steer toward healing and repair.
  17. Apply healing nourishing experience with safe touch.
  18. Demonstrate understanding of protective parts.

Target Audience

This course is designed for mental health professionals – PsyDs, PhDs, LMFTs, LMSWs, LPCC, and LEP. 

Accommodations for the Differently Able

We are committed to making every accommodation we can outside of the physical limitations of zoom. Individuals needing special accommodations are encouraged to contact Yevgenia Kirnos Boccieri at

Grievance Policy

We seek to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. 

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by Polaris Insight Center, which is co-sponsoring this program. Polaris Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Polaris Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. 
  • LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. 


Relational Somatic Healing

2915 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Berkeley CA, 94703

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