Lori A. Parker, GCFP, SEP, Ph.D.
Dr. Lori Parker has been involved in teaching and spiritual counseling since 1985. She is not a psychotherapist. She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner®, an Aikido instructor with her own private school, and an ordained Zen Buddhist Priest. She has authored a book titled In Search of Harmony as well as two articles for the Somatic Experiencing Community: Polyvagal Theory: What Is It And Why Should We Care? and Shock Trauma, Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction And Autoimmune Syndromes: What's The Connection? Additionally, she has co-authored two articles with Somatic Experiencing Faculty Member Dr. Raja Selvam. These articles are titled A Note On Working With Anger In The Context Of An SE Session and Working Around Developmental Defenses In SE Sessions.
After a series of physical trauma, including being struck by a car (as a pedestrian), Dr. Parker experienced such excruciating pain that she had to be packed in ice for much of the day in order to be able to conduct martial arts instruction in the evening. Severe headaches, as well as muscle spasms in her back, neck, and shoulders continued to reduce her physical abilities. She was unable to lie comfortably in any position.
During the four-year training program in the Feldenkrais Method®, the daily pain dissipated and her ability to function without physical pain was restored. Somatic Experiencing® furthered her progress by healing the deeper effects of trauma.
Her expression and application of the Somatic Experiencing® method is informed not only by her own extensive rehabilitation process, but also by her background in Aikido and Zen: disciplines which have, at their core, the concepts of centering, grounding, and self-awareness.
Dr. Parker integrates the Somatic Experiencing® method into her Feldenkrais® sessions, as the need arises (when the client has requested that she do so). She also offers individual sessions using exclusively the Somatic Experiencing® model.