Rik Center is a Certified SEP, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Counselor/Practitioner in private practice, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and a trained Buddhist/Interfaith Chaplain. I'm Cofounder of The Mindfulness Care Center, through which I've developed and teach classes on stress, unresolved trauma, mindfulness and meditation. My private practice of over 15 years utilizes a Mindful-Somatic approach in support of clients; focusing on healing high levels of complex stress, deep rooted traumatic emotional anxiety and PTSD. I’ve worked with many clients who are dealing with early childhood trauma from emotional, verbal, physical & sexual abuse, to early birth, accidents, illness, torture, drowning, airplane crashes and near death states. In the healing process clients quite often touch into unresolved grief and the loss of the self that has not been dealt with. The mind and heart need to be heard with compassionate care so they can be re-united and returned back into wholeness. Through my nonprofit, I've created and developed a unique training towards dissolvoing and unwinding unresolved trauamatic anxiety called The DEER Prgoram: Developing Emotional Embodied Resiliency, this is one of kind program. I’m a member of the USABP/United States Association For Body Psychotherapy.
I have a background in various trainings methods; from SE/Somatic Experiencing, physical & emotional bodywork methods and mindfulness trainings. I’m a past Resident Graduate of the California Pacific Medical Center CPE/Clinical Pastoral Education Program and Integrative Health & Healing Program having also spent time at SF General Hospital in the ICU/Intensive Care Unit meeting with patients, families and staff. For many years I facilitated a “Mindfulness & Meditation Class” in two of the hospital Psych Units. I lead a monthly “Mindfulness Grief & Loss Group” through my nonprofit the Mindfulness Care Center, where I developed the unique 6-Week Mindfulness & Trauma Program called the DEER Program. One attendee expressed “It was the best 6-weeks of her year.”
I've assisted a number of Somatic Experiencing trainings around the country, plus traveled to the New Orleans/Baton Rogue area in support of people who were reeling from the effects of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. I’ve attended advance trainings with Peter Levine the founder of Somatic Experiencing® and completed the Advanced "Eye Of The Needle Training" working on near death states.
SEP, LAMT, MBSR