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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 35,000 individual Transforming Touch® sessions and taught thousands of students from around the world his Regulation Focused Modality, Transforming Touch®.

It was his life experience as a clinician and as a single parent with two young sons (both who are adopted) that led Terrell to seek out more information and ways to treat Developmental Trauma.  Things began to make more sense when he became aware of one of the most pivotal studies ever, the Adverse Childhod Experience study.  This study laid out the trajectory of what the future could look like when Developmental Trauma goes untreated.

Terrell was originally trained in Rogerian Approach, Non-Directive Play Therapy,  Reality Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Didactic Developmental Psychotherapy, Attachment Theory, Somatic Experiencing®,  and Touch Training for Therapists.  Terrell combines all his training experiences to see the client holistically (Mind, Body, Psychologically, and Spiritually).

After meeting his friend, teacher, co-author, and colleague, Kathy Kain, during his advanced year of training in Somatic Experiencing®, Terrell became an active student of Kathy's and later an assistant to her trainings, touch seemed to hold the clue to healing trauma.  Terrell was closer to finding what modality would bring the most success with children.

Terrell became inspired to create a child-centered, trauma informed modality to work with Developmental Trauma. His keeping with the true Spirit of this definition and involving the three main related qualities of inspiration.   First, inspiration is evoked spontaneously and without intention by something-- whether it's an idea that comes from within (Terrell  new in his bones that there was more and probably will continue to be more),  an inspiring person such as a role model (Kathy and her teaching of using touch in therapy), or a divine revelation (Terrell definitely listens to his Higher Power). Another key quality of inspiration is that it is transcendent of our more animalistic and self-serving concerns and limitations. Such transcendence often involves a moment of clarity and and awareness of new possibilities. This moment occured for Terrell while teaching a program for Kathy in Chicago.

Ellen Keating was Lead Assistant and Coordinating the program.  During a breakout, Terrell and Keating began to get curious about a new modality.  Out of this curiosity, Transforming the Experienced Based Brain® became an Inspired reality.  The main element being Transforming Touch®.  Transforming Touch® is a Regulation Focused Modality.  Through this Modality, people are seen as doing the best they can, knowing that survival is the underpinning of life.

This is the starting point in treatment.  Utilizing Bowlby's theory that an infant/child needs four qualities to grow into a secure attachment, creating a Safe Haven, becoming a  Secure Base, allowing for Proximity Maintenance which allows exploration of the world, and Separation Anxiety. We have transformed Bowby's theory into our work with children and adults who have experienced Developmental Trauma as well as Shock Trauma.

Terrell is also the co-developer of another early trauma program with Kathy Kain: “Somatic Resilience and Regulation” (SRR).  This training program is a combination of years of experience as clinicians in the field of Developmental Trauma.  SRR is a creation of a toolbox for practitioners to use when working with trauma.  The program, which has been highly successful with practitioners and is taught around the world.

Terrell has coauthored two books.  “Nurturing Resilience: Helping Clients Move Forward from Developmental Trauma” with Kathy Kain and "TEB Like 123" with Shiri Sher.  While Nurturing Resilience is information and learning focused, TEB Like 123 is for practitioners and parents to motivate healing through a bedtime story.

Terrell continues to work with clients in his private practice in Austin, Texas (Pflugerville).  His clients always teach Terrell something new.  Terrell also teaches Transforming Touch® and Somatic Resilience and Regulation around the world and offers consults to professionals, parents, and partners.  Terrell is licensed in the State of Texas and has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master degree in Counseling from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.  To further his education, Terrell completed a Doctor of Psychology program at California Coast University.


Somatic Healer and Trauma Therapist

Ellen Keating

Ellen Keating is a licensed psychologist in Wheaton, IL, who works with Developmental Trauma and Transforming Touch. She originally trained in emotion-focused therapy and noticed how clients would go from accessing deeper emotions directly into their traumas. Thus, she became interested in the healing of trauma. She explored Gestalt therapy, focusing, EMDR, and working with parts of the self. Ultimately, she discovered somatic healing and saw the power of touch for the healing of trauma. In particular, when she began to work with Transforming Touch, she noticed that her clients came into even greater possibility for healing, resolving trauma, and having a full and satisfying life. This developed into her belief that through attunement, attachment, and regulation, even the “oldest” wounds can be helped and healed.

Keating believes that Transforming Touch has a profound effect on regulation and healing because of its emphasis on attunement and safety. Trauma, and especially Developmental Trauma, cause the system to become dysregulated and rigid. This causes Developmental Trauma survivors to rely on maladaptive patterns in order to survive. In addition, adversity, illness, and later traumas may further disorganize the system. Through the use of  Transforming Touch, she has seen how systems can begin to regulate in such a way that adaptive choices become possible and intrinsically welcomed. Clients who were once “stuck” became able to move, and choose, and live more satisfying lives. Keating has successfully applied Transforming Touch to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders,  Addictions, Anxiety, Mood Disorders and Relational Distress.

Keating is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Her training includes:

Certification in Client-Centered and Emotion-Focused Therapy
Addiction and Addictive Behavior Training
Extensive Training in EMDR
Somatic Experiencing Training (SEP)
Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists (TST)
Somatic Resilience and Regulation (SRR)
Transforming the Experience Based Brain (TEB)

Keating is a lead assistant for the Transforming the Experience-Based Brain trainings and does extensive consultations for touch therapists. She has conducted thousands of Transforming Touch sessions with clients and believes wholeheartedly in the power of this healing work.

Keating is a member of APA (American Psychological Association), IPA (Illinois Psychologists Association), APPAH (Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health), USABP (United States Association for Body Psychotherapy). She presented “Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Recovery after Developmental Trauma” at the APPPAH International Congress in November 2019, and on “Ethics and Touch in Therapy” in Chicago in 2018.

2015:  Approved Group Facilitator for "Transformring Experiential Groups"                                                                                      2015: Approved Teacher for "Transforming the Experienced-Based Brain"

Ann Chan, PsyD, SEP

Transforming Touch® Practitioner

Jeremy Huley, MA, LMHC

Transforming Touch® Practitioner


Ann L. Chan provides a unique healing experience. She has cutting-edge knowledge related to the mind, body, and brain. She understands the origins of the problems related to trauma and attachment.

She incorporates Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Practice, Transforming the Experience-Based Brain (TEB), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Havening.

She has extensive training in individual, couple and family therapy, Developmental Trauma, trauma, anger and stress management,mindfulness, child physical and sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship issues, pain and somatic related health problems.

2022:  Approved Group Facilitator for "Transfomring Experiential Groups"

For over thirteen years, I supported children and families within the foster care system providing case
management and counseling services.

2004: Worked as a therapist, helping individuals,
couples, and families navigate life challenges.
2013: Completed "Somatic Experiencing® training, shifting my focus to include somatic interventions.  2015: Began training with Kathy Kain and Stephen Terrell to incorporate touch into my practice.        2016:  "Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists"
2017:  "Somatic Resilience and Regulation"                      2021:  "Transforming the Experience Based Brain"

2024: Approved Group Facilitator for "Transfomring Experiential Groups"

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