Peter Levine

Peter A. Levine

American Clinical Psychologist


PETER A. LEVINE attained his Ph.D. in medical biophysics degree from the University of California in Berkeley and holds a doctorate in psychology from International University. He also worked in the field of stress and trauma for over 40 years and is the developer of the Somatic Experiencing method. Levine is known as the author of the best-selling book Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, which was published in 24 languages and sold over 250,000 copies.

His original contribution to the field of Body-Psychotherapy was honored in 2010 when he also received the Lifetime Achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy. That same year Peter received the honorary Reis Davis Chair in Child Psychiatry for his innovative contribution to therapy for children and adolescents. Dr. Peter A. Levine invoked the image of the tiger during his first session with “Nancy,” who suffered from an array of symptoms; it would define and shape his career.

At the beginning of the 1970s, Peter’s explorations into how animals deal with threats led to the development of the Somatic Experiencing method. This method is highly effective in dealing with the effects of overwhelm on our nervous system, called Somatic Experiencing(SE™). SE™ is a clinical methodology based upon an appreciation of why animals in the wild are not traumatized by common threats to their lives. At the same time, humans, on the other hand, are readily overwhelmed and often subject to the traumatic symptoms of hyperarousal, shutdown, and dysregulation.


  • Healing Trauma: a Pioneering Program in Restoring the Wisdom of Our Bodies
  • In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness
  • Sexual Healing: Transforming the Sacred Wound.
  • Co-author of Trauma through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing
  • Co-author of Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parent’s Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience
  • Co-author of Freedom from Pain: Discover Your Body’s Power to Overcome Physical Pain
  • Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory


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