Transforming the Experience-Based Brain

   Chicago, Illinois 

"Using Regulation to Support Trauma Healing


Two Paths to Success

Transforming Presence is an effective way of facilitating regulation within our client's nervous systems.  The protocols and enhancements are designed to work with or without physical touch. The power of working with intention has been shared from therapists around the world.  Some believe it is stronger than using physical touch. Transforming  Presence is an effective treatment for those who work in agencies that prohibit physical touch and for those limited by licensure laws.   This is also the chosen path for telemedicine.

Transforming Touch® is an effective way of facilitating regulation within our client's nervous systems using physical touch.  The protocols and enhancements are designed to work with or without physical touch. Those who touch begin to bring awareness to the space and to their own presence.  This awareness and consistency enhances a client's level of healing    

Training Format

  • The training is offered in three modules completed sequentially.
  • Each module is five days from 9:30am - 5:30PM except the last day which ends at 12:30pm for easy travel home.

Training Perks

  1. Alumni and Students may repeat any completed module for 50% of the regular course fee.
  2. After completion of M1, Alumni and Students are encouraged to trade sessions with others from around the world.
  3. After completion of M1, Alumni and Students can attend a free group Case Consultation weekly.
  4. After completion of M1, Alumni and Students can attend a free healing session weekly.
  5. After completion of M1, Alumni and Students can attend a free enhancement review weekly.
  6. Alumni are encouraged to sign up for "". This is a free site for graduates to be listed for referrals.

Register For Training

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Assistants for Chicago, Il

Assistants are available for Sessions!  A great way to experience Transforming Intentional Touch.

Ellen Keating

Somatic Healer and Trauma Therapist

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 an 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!

Ellen 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.


Rhonda Kelloway, LCSW, SEP

Rhonda Kelloway is a somatic psychotherapist, LCSW, and trauma specialist in private practice in the Chicago area. I own Life Care Wellness, a group practice of 20 clinicians who specialize in trauma, addiction, and wellness.  I focus primarily on developmental trauma and attachment, and how that shows up for clients (chronic pain, medical syndromes, stuck emotional patterns, relational problems, etc.). So I utilize TEB, SE, SRR, and DARe extensively, and EMDR on occasion, as well. Roughly two-thirds of my clients are on the table with transforming touch, and with intentional touch in telehealth. I assist widely with SE and TEB trainings and really enjoy helping others learn these powerful approaches to trauma and attachment treatment. I’m approved to provide consultations and personal sessions for both TEB and SE.

My life outside of work includes my 20 year-old son who lives in Iowa, caring for my cat Inky, and enjoying lots of activities at church. I like to walk and knit for self-care – though not necessarily at the same time.

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Patricia Dean, LMFT, SEP, BSP, BASE-P

Patricia Dean is a Somatic Psychotherapist and Transforming Touch Therapist in Nashville, TN. In the four careers prior to counseling, I was responsible for starting up new frozen food products for
Stouffers/Nestle, owned a lunch restaurant, a Supplie Development Manager for a local restaurant company and owned an internet advertising company. All of these unique careers help shape my
counseling practice. Initially, I was trained in EMDR, Brainspotting, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Gottman. Due to
my own PTSD, I continued to search for a modality to go to the reptilian brain and discovered Somatic Experiencing (SE). Through SE, I found somatic touch and began learning from DARe, Somatic Resilience and Regulation  (SRR), Touch for Psychotherapists (TST), Relational Bodywork and Somatic Education (BASE) and TEB. As I learned, experienced and utilized the Somatic Touch I saw a deeper, lasting change in the ANS which in turn, allowed my clients to begin their healing process. Through this healing new insights
and behaviors were experienced.

I am approved to provide personal sessions for SE and BASE. Also, I am the Coordinator for
Nashville SE training and I assist at SE, BASE, and TEB trainings. Please note these sessions provided at the training/office or online are for learning and integration ofthe material and not to be considered as therapy. License # 825 *** 615.438.3132

Robin Sullivan

Robin Sulivan, SEP, LMFT

Robin Sullivan is a somatic psychotherapist in the Los Angeles area. As a Rehabilitation Counselor for 25 years, she assisted persons with various disabilities, worked in addiction treatment with Deaf persons, and in various mental health settings. After moving to California, she became a massage therapist, studied Somatic Experiencing©, and Touch Skills/Somatic Practice, and became an SEP in 2012. She went on to advanced studies in developmental trauma and attachment. She has assisted multiple Touch Skills trainings with Stephen Terrell, and for Somatic Resilience and Regulation, and TEB courses as well.
Robin received another master’s degree, and has been working as a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and Professional Clinical Counselor Associate since 2017. Working in various agencies and non-profits these past years, she has been incorporating SE and Transforming Intentional Touch into sessions, including work with couples, building on PACT couples training.

Robin loves to learn, has been called “infinitely curious”, and is often moved by the power of laughter and even music that can arise during sessions. When not working or assisting, she often can be found presenting nationally and internationally in the stuttering community