Dave Berger

SE™ PractitionerSE Faculty


Private Practice

Dave has been in the field of Somatics for 40 years having first found his way into it by developing his own undergraduate program, Somatopsychology, at the University of Maryland. He went on for graduate degrees in physical therapy at Stanford and Somatic Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies. He has been significantly influenced by Peter Levine and Somatic Experiencing, Marion Rosen and Rosen Method Bodywork, Paul Linden’s Being In Movement and other Somatics practices as well as family systems, psychodynamic psychotherapy, manual physical therapy, visceral manipulation and craniosacral therapy. Dave is a senior faculty member of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute teaching all levels of Somatic Experiencing® training.  He is also a member of the first Peter Levine Legacy Faculty. Dave has developed BASE™: Bodywork and Somatic Education™ a relational touch training for trauma practitioners. Dave also teaches post advanced specialty workshops on Relational Development, Rupture and Repair, and on Concussions and PTSD.  His clinical work spans work with PTSD, couples, individuals, anxiety, chronic pain, medical syndromes/chronic distress and acute musculoskeletal problems. His professional passion is working along the continuum of behavioral and physical health, and to teach other practitioners to do the same.
His personal passion is his children and spending time outdoors.


  • Adults
  • Adults abused as children
  • Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia
  • Complex PTSD
  • Couples
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Families of Veterans
  • Grief and Loss
  • Medical Procedure Trauma
  • Motor Vehicle Collisions
  • Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse
  • Prenatal/Birth Trauma
  • Veterans
  • Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Victims of Mass Disaster
  • Victims of Sexual Abuse

SE Level

SE™ Practitioner

Professional Title

Somatic Psychotherapist, Physical Therapist, Bodyworker

Professional Certifications

Marriage and Family Therapist, Physical Therapist, Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Bodywork and Somatic Education for Trauma Therapists (Developer)

Post Advanced Certificates

  • Eye of the Needle
  • BASE Practitioner(Bodywork and Somatic Education for trauma therapists)