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About Us

This is who we are:

Trauma Informed, Human Oriented, Relationship Centered, Culturally Competent, Anti-Oppressive

Center for Trauma and Embodiment is a global leader in body-first care for complex trauma and PTSD. We work with veteran's bureaus, universities, and trauma-informed professionals around the world.

As a human service organization, we recognize that complex trauma is both interpersonal and systemic and that quality care models require attention to both dynamics. We commit to a continuous process of learning through actively engaging in relationships with survivors of complex trauma, practitioners and community leaders from wide-ranging perspectives in order to inform our work and our growth as an organization.

This is who we are:

Trauma Informed, Human Oriented, Relationship Centered, Culturally Competent, Anti-Oppressive

Center for Trauma and Embodiment a global leader in body-first care for complex trauma and PTSD. We work with veteran's bureaus, universities, and trauma-informed professionals around the world.

We recognize that complex trauma is both interpersonal and systemic and that quality care models require attention to both dynamics. We commit to a continuous process of learning through actively engaging in relationships with survivors of complex trauma, practitioners and community leaders from wide-ranging perspectives in order to inform our work and our growth as an organization.

Our People

Dave Emerson, YACEP
Co-Director

Founder of TCTSY; co-author of Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga; author of Trauma Sensitive Yoga In Therapy

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Jenn Turner, LMHC
Co-Director

Editor of Embodied Healing: Survivor and Facilitator voices from the practice of Trauma Sensitive Yoga

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Sydney Spears, PhD
Leadership Team Member

Author of Finding Self-Compassion: A Mindfulness Workbook for Getting to Know and Love Yourself

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Karen Schwartz, LMSW, C-IAYT
Director of Operations

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Stefan Piscitelli, MSW, E-RYT 500
Director of Communications

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Sandra Mazur
Director of Development

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Mindy Levine, YACEP, E-RYT 500
Donor Engagement Coordinator

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Candace Liger, 
NASM-SPS, CE

TIWL Director

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Sarah Carter,
LMHC, RDT

ReScripted Co-Leader

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Sasha Corrado,
LICSW
ReScripted Co-Leader

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Valerie Krpata,
LICSW
ReScripted Co-Leader

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Krystal Pérez,
TCTSY-F

TCTSY Certification Program Coordinator

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Mariah Rooney,
MSW, LICSW

 TIWL Consultant & Collaborator

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Desmonette Hazly, 
MA, MSW, PhD, CBAB
CFTE Consultant & Collaborator

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Our Commitment to Equity


Acknowledgement of Privilege

We acknowledge that our organization was founded inside of a white, western, patriarchal structure and we recognize that not actively challenging these roots is both toxic and unsustainable, especially for an organization that claims to create spaces for providing trauma-informed care. Therefore, we are publicly committing to doing the work of recognizing, challenging and dismantling white supremacy culture in all its forms. We also know we cannot do this alone so we make it the centerpiece of our organization to actively seek out training and partnerships across all intersections of diversity in our commitment to creating environments of inclusivity, respect, and healing.


Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Pawtucket and Massachusett First Nations on which the Center for Trauma and Embodiment was founded. As a collective that aspires to be trauma-informed in everything that we do, we feel it is critical to recognize that erasing Native peoples by not acknowledging both their history and their living present is itself trauma.

The Center for Trauma and Embodiment seeks to align itself with the struggle against the systems of oppression that have dispossessed Indigenous people of their lands and denied their rights to self-determination — work that is essential to trauma stewardship across the world.

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