JoAnna Benz-Chartrand

SE™ Practitioner


Core Dynamics Institute & Relational Constellations Institute of CA

JoAnna Chartrand-Benz (SEP) has been a European trained Relational Somatic Psychology Educator, since 1980.  She began her studies of Somatic Experiencing in 1999. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner & an EMDR Practitioner. She is a graduate of FHE's Post Advanced Touch Skills Training for Psychotherapists taught by Kathy Kain. She works in a private practice in Santa Barbara, California & team taught at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute for 10 years. She has also had training in AEDP with Diana Fosha in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, She is co-trainer of the Relational Constellation Institute of California. JoAnna has been a student of the Diamond Heart Approach, the psycho-spiritual School of A. H. Almaas, that combines western Depth Psychology with Eastern Traditions, since 1992. She includes psycho-spiritual practices in her approach. JoAnna is the Director of the Core Dynamics Relational Somatic Psychology Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. Her training has been with a focus on Relational Body-Oriented Psychology, Psychodynamics, Attachment Theory, Gestalt, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, BioSynthesis, Hakomi, Transpersonal Psychology, Pre & Peri-Natal Psychology. She was an associate of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, an instructor and the coordinator of the Esalen Embodied Psychotherapy Certificate Program - a Certificate Program in Relational Somatic Psychology given at the Esalen Institute. JoAnna’s approach is very present-centered and somatically oriented, to deepen the connection with body, heart & soul - for individuals and couples. She offers sliding scale fees if they are required.


  • Addiction
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Adults abused as children
  • Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia
  • Complex PTSD
  • Couples
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Hospice
  • Medical Procedure Trauma
  • Motor Vehicle Collisions
  • Native populations
  • Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse
  • Prenatal/Birth Trauma
  • Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Victims of Sexual Abuse

SE Level

SE™ Practitioner

Professional Title

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner & Somatic Psychology Educator

Professional Certifications

European trained Somatic Psychology educator, Family Constellations Facilitator & Trainer

Post Advanced Certificates

  • Touch Skills Training