Frances Sommer Anderson

SE™ Practitioner

Frances Sommer Anderson, Ph.D., a psychoanalyst and licensed psychologist in private practice in New York City, received a practitioner certificate (SEP) from the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute in October 2011. The body--disabled, disfigured, and in pain--has been the focus of her clinical work, beginning with a clinical psychology internship in physical rehabilitation medicine at Rusk Institute-NYU Langone Medical Center in 1974. Specializing in treating pain and other mind-body disorders since 1979, she integrates relational psychoanalytic theory, research in the neuroscience of emotional and cognitive processing, and the neurobiology of attachment, trauma and pain. She has been recognized internationally for her experiential teaching style and for leading edge publications regarding the body in psychoanalytic theory and practice: Relational Perspectives on the Body and Bodies in Treatment: The Unspoken Dimension. In 2013, she co-authored Pathways to Pain Relief with Eric Sherman, PsyD.


  • Adults
  • Adults abused as children
  • Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia
  • Complex PTSD
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Medical Procedure Trauma
  • Prenatal/Birth Trauma
  • Victims of Sexual Abuse

SE Level

SE™ Practitioner

Professional Title

Psychologist & Psychoanalyst & SEP

Professional Certifications

Psychologist NY State