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Stephen J. Terrell, PsyD, SEP

A Powerful Teacher, Healer, and Author of Developmental Trauma

Stephen Terrell

Terrell is a leading expert in the field of Developmental Trauma and Adoption and is recognized around the world for his work in Developmental Trauma and Healing.  He understands Developmental Trauma from the inside out and the outside in.  Terrell has performed more than 25,000 individual Transforming Touch® sessions and taught thousands of students from around the world in the art of Transforming Touch® as it relates to healing Developmental Trauma.

It was his experience as a clinician and single parent of two adopted sons, along with his understanding of the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study- a highly recognized study on Developmental Trauma, that Terrell came to the realization that there needed to be a way to reach non-verbal, or early developmental  trauma, without spoken language.  Out of this realization he developed Transforming Touch® and a training program designed for understanding and healing developmental trauma: “Transforming the Experience-Based Brain:  An Integrative Neurodevelopmental Approach to the treatment of Developmental Trauma”.  

“Transforming the Experience-Based Brain” training program is offered across the US and internationally.  Students come from all walks of life to learn about Developmental Trauma through a new lens.  This new lens includes working with primitive reflexes, learning the language of early trauma, working with physiological regulation, understanding the neurosequential development of the brain, working with survival parts, understanding attachment in the somatic relationship, and more.

Terrell is also the co-developer of another Developmental Trauma training program with Kathy Kain: “Somatic Resilience and Regulation”.  This training program is a combination of both of their years of experience as clinicians in the field of Developmental Trauma.  Like Transforming the Experienced-Based Brain, it is targeted at those working with Developmental Trauma, but for clinicians seeking both a deepening and broadening of their developmental trauma understanding beyond Touch Skills for Trauma (Kathy Kain) and Transforming the Experienced-Based Brain.  The program, which has been highly successful with on-going wait lists, led to the writing of their book: “Nurturing Resilience: Helping Clients Move Forward from Developmental Trauma”.

Terrell’s background and training began as a Rogerian Approach which involves active listening skills.  He continues to incorporate this approach in his work in addition his training in Somatic Experiencing®, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Touch Training for Therapists, Didactic Developmental Psychotherapy, and EMDR for Adopted Children.  Terrell combines all his training experiences to see the client holistically (Mind, Body, Psychologically, and Spiritually).

In addition to be a Healer, Teacher, and Author, Terrell sees clients at Austin Attachment and Counseling Center in Austin, Texas.  He founded this center over 20 years ago for the treatment of Developmental Trauma and Adoption related issues. Terrell sees clients under his license as a professional counselor in Texas.  This license was granted after receiving his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and meeting all requirements by the State of Texas.  In 2002, Terrell attended the California Coast University and completed his Doctorate in Psychology, further deepening his knowledge and understanding of developmental trauma.

Kathleen Love

Intuitive Therapist and Healer

Kathleen Love

Kathleen Love is a licensed therapist and healer who works with Developmental Trauma. For several decades she has studied trauma, specifically developmental trauma. It wasn’t until she broadened her scope of practice beyond left brain or “talk” psychotherapy and began incorporating Transforming Touch®, that her clients started to make profound, life-altering shifts in their healing.

Her goal has been simple, but profound:  to teach, inspire and support the healing of developmental trauma so that a foundation of physiological regulation can be formed in which the self can surface, perhaps even for the first time. She believes it's not until the self can safely and securely surface that one is able to lead their lives in ways they were meant to: fulfilling, attracting healthy relationships and aligning with our soul purposes.   

Love has a keen interest in working with those struggling with eating disorders. She believes that eating disorders are developmental trauma; that they are a survival strategy for a highly activated and shut down physiology which probably began as early as in-utero. This realization has evolved and changed her way of working with eating disorders and similar mal-adaptive behaviors. Her approach normalizes the behavior being utilized as a physiological survival strategy and leaves the behavior to the side while focusing on building resilience and regulation through the repair of attachment ruptures. Her approach has been gratefully welcomed, especially by those who have spent years, some decades going in and out of treatment and treatment facilities.

Love is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Her post-graduate training includes:

  • EMDR Certification
  • Somatic Experiencing Certification (Dr. Peter Levine: traumahealing.com)
  • Transforming the Experienced-Based Brain (Dr. Stephen Terrell: austinattach.com)
  • Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists (Kathy Kain: somaticpractice.net)
  • Somatic Resilience/Regulation for Early Developmental Trauma (Dr. Stephen Terrell/Kathy Kain: somaticpractice.net)
  • Neurosequential Model of Treatment (Dr. Bruce Perry/childtrauma.org)  

She assists TEB (Transforming Experienced Based Brain) and SRR (Somatic Resilience/ Regulation) trainings which train psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, nurses, acupunctures and other health care clinicians across the US, Canada and some parts of Europe. She is studying Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Treatment. 

She is a member of AED, (Academy of Eating Disorders), APPPAH (Assoc of Prenatal, Perinatal Psychology and Heath), Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and regularly provides consultation for clinicians across the country and internationally on developmental trauma. She will be speaking and teaching about developmental trauma and its relationship with eating disorders at the Renfrew Conference and the APPPAH Conference in November 2019.

She has 2 amazing children, whom continue to inspire her daily to learn more about the healing from developmental trauma.

Wonder is the Beginning of Wisdom
- Socrates

An Interview With Brandy Vanderheiden About Using Touch In Psychotherapy.

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