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Sharon Porter, RPP, SEP, RCST®, Mind/Body Practioner

Body Psychotherapy, Energy Medicine, Somatic Experiencing
Polarity Therapy, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy,
Somatic Trauma Resolution, Tension and Trauma Exercises and other Self-Care

Healthwave Institute 26000 Avenida Aeropuerto #199 San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 949-276-7443

Strong skills in the areas of Holistic Health Education, Energy Medicine and Somatic Psychotherapy. Has developed a unique style that combines traditional, holistic and creative approaches to resolve trauma and restore health. Skilled at unveiling body/mind connections. Experienced healer and teacher.
Her therapeutic goal is to build the individual's self-healing, self-regulating capacity and intelligence in the most gentle, safe and efficient way possible.
Teaching goal: Dynamic interchange between didactic and experiential approaches for accelerated learning, with related personal processing.

Private practice for thirty years in Somatic Psychotherapy and Energy-Based Bodywork, currently in Pagosa Springs and Durango, Colorado and Santa Monica, California. Bodywork and Body-Centered Psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, children and infants. Short and long-term approaches. Applies Somatic Experiencing, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy, Gestalt, and Inner Child work, enhanced with subtle energy tracking. Lifestyle counseling and stress release exercises.
Seminars and professional training programs for therapists, bodyworkers, others in helping professions, and laypersons. Upcoming courses include:

 Somatic Trauma Resolution (STR) based primarily on Somatic Experiencing, for professional therapists, emergency and medical personnel and bodyworkers in five modules. Integrates classical SE with Sharon s experience in bodywork and energy medicine.

 Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, intro and ten module Foundation Course, currently doing intros for a new course. STR courses are listed on the CSTA/NA website as advanced courses.

Polarity Therapy Bodywork courses, currently developing courses to be taught on the Jicarilla Apache and Ute reservations, as part of their rehabilitation programs. Native Americans have recently responded with enthusiasm to her Polarity presentations at these reservations.

A new State Approved school, Health Wave Institute, that will offer a more extensive range of Advanced Courses in Energy Therapies, including the above subjects.

New courses include Birth Dynamics, The Process Workshop, Pre and Post-Operative Trauma Work, Intro to Emotional Freedom Technique, and an Energy Medicine Integration course after taking several other trainings Porter offers.

Presentations on aspects of Energy Medicine at conferences, including Science and Consciousness Conference (Albuquerque 2002, 2003), American Polarity Therapy Association (1996, 1999), Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (2003), and for the Jicarilla Apache and Southern Ute reservations .

Writing a book on Processing in Energy Medicine. Chapters on pre-natal and birth dynamics, incest and other childhood traumas, rape, domestic violence, auto accidents, falls, and energetic phenomena such as cellular release of long-held anesthesia and alcohol, and the smells that are eliminated from the body during processing.

Most significant professional credentials and certifications:

Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) from Foundation for Human Enrichment, Peter Levine Ph.D. primary instructor. Teaching Assistant for first three courses of Levine's training. Also studied SE with Pat Ogden, founder of Hakomi Integrative Somatics. SE is a primarily non-touch approach to healing trauma and the nervous system.

Additional Somatic Psychotherapy trauma courses taken include: Advanced course in Core Process Psychotherapy with its founder, Maura Sills of Karuna Institute in England; Level I and II Holographic Memory Resolution Trauma Training with Brent Baum, Ph.D., its founder; Pre and Peri-natal Birth Trauma work from William Emerson, Ph.D. Psychology and Ray Castellino, D.C., both leaders in the birth field; two Summer Institutes with Stanley Keleman, D.C. and author of Emotional Anatomy and other classic Body Psychotherapy texts.

Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST®) in Biodynamic CST, Franklyn Sills primary teacher. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy works directly with trauma in the nervous system. TA for several Sills Foundation and Advanced courses and is approved by the Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America ( as a teacher of the two year Foundation RCST ® course and Advanced Courses. Additional Craniosacral training from the Upledger Institute (CST I, II and Advanced and Somato Emotional Release; TA for all but the Advanced course).

Registered Polarity Practitioner (RPP), approved by American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA). Polarity combines energetic touch bodywork, nutrition and exercises, with understanding of the electromagnetic influence on mind and spirit. Also teach this work. Honored in 1995 by the American Polarity Therapy Association as a "Pioneer in the field of Energy Medicine". Numerous advanced courses, plus a two-year study group with five other respected Energy Medicine innovators/teachers from U.S. and Europe.

Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy (Rama Jyoti and Vini Yoga teachers)

 Nationally Certified Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB)

 B.A. Duke University, Durham N.C. in English Literature.

Have taught in following locations:
Polarity Center of Berkeley (co-founder)
Polarity Health Institute in Fall River Mills CA (co-founder)
Alive Polarity Programs in Doe Bay, Orcas Island WA, Calistoga CA and Murrieta Hot
Springs CA (co-founder)
Acu-Polarity Institute in Costa Mesa CA
Muller College in San Diego CA
Wellness Institute in New York City
Polarity Institute in Zurich, Switzerland
Polarity Center of Dearborn in Dearborn MI
Jindal's Nature Cure Institute in Bangalore, India
Several massage/bodywork schools in USA
Courses sponsored by individuals in various locations

Has written educational articles for numerous publications, including Yoga Journal.

Co-founded a health institute that from 1974-86 offered therapeutic retreats and Polarity Therapy training programs at retreat centers owned by a community Porter co-founded. Locations in Fall River Mills CA, Doe Bay on Orcas Island WA, Calistoga CA, and Murrieta Hot Springs CA. This institute was in 1976 the first vocational school approved by the State of California to certify Natural Health Educators. Developed related health education centers up and down the West Coast.

After becoming a popular and innovative teacher of Hatha Yoga, developed the teaching of Polarity Yoga, the self-care aspect of Polarity Therapy that is great for stress relief, energy balancing, and prevention of chronic problems. Trained practitioners who teach these efficient, more Western, energy-based exercises in many countries. Also trained in Restructuring Exercises developed by Caroline Brown to correct body usage problems caused by high heels, and female fashion.

Through thirty years of teaching, have developed the ability to feel and allow my hands to be moved by subtle energy fields, including sub-atomic activity both in and around the human body, and to recognize resonance tone qualities in the field. This ability accelerates therapeutic growth at all levels as well as enhancing the learning process for students and attendees at conferences where my energy field demonstrations are given.

Mentor to gifted practitioners who study privately with me to better understand and utilize their own abilities.

Musician who has been performing most of her life. These experiences lend dynamics, spontaneity and humor to her teaching.

Copyediting for New York publishers 1964-67

American Polarity Therapy Association
Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America
International Association of Yoga Therapists
National Association of Body Psychotherapists.
Colorado Association of Psychotherapists, which Registers non-licensed Psychotherapists

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