Donna Carter, SEP

Perpetually improving your well-being

About the Practitioner

I am a somatic experiencing practitioner. I completed three years of training through Dr. Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute (SETI). And also have studied the Organic Intelligence model of SE® with Steven Hoskinson. I've assisted SE trainings the past five years for Peter Levine, Dave Berger, Ariel Giarretto and Steven Hoskinson.

Other influences that inform my work include Marshal Rosenberg's Non-Violent Communication (NVC), a daily meditation practice, mindfulness study as a four-year student resident at San Francisco Zen Center, and mediation and alternative dispute resolution work.

I have been a student, practitioner or trainer of NVC for almost a decade, completing two, year-long courses - the immersion and leadership programs - with Bay Area NVC. I have studied and taught with Bay NVC founder Miki Kashtan, certified trainer Roxanne Manning and supported NVC couples workshops with Kathy Simon, PhD.

I was a five-year resident of San Francisco Zen Center, studying  dharma with Abbess Kiku Christina Lehnherr.

I also have worked as a volunteer mediator for two community mediation centers, as well as the Superior Court of San Francisco's Small Claims Court Division.


Stanford University - M.A. Documentary Film and Video Production

University of Southern CA - B.A. - Broadcast Journalism


Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Completed the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute's three-year, 216-hour training in 2012, and completed certification as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in February 2013. Assist Steven Hoskinson for SEP trainings of mental health professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle, WA

Suicide Prevention Hotline Crises Counselor - Support Service of Alameda County
Completed 90-hours of training in suicide prevention (6/2015). Volunteer as a crises counselor on a weekly shift for this national hotline for suicide prevention

Applied Mindfulness Consultant (2010-2011) 
Taught self-regulation through somatic tracking and mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques to providers (teachers, counselors, MFTs & MSWs) and to predominantly minority highly at-risk foster youth in a locked facility


Bay Area Non-Violent Communication Leadership Program, graduate (2007-2008)

Bay Area Non-Violent Communication Committed Practitioner's Program, graduate (2006-2007)

Alternative Dispute Resolution / Mediation

Community Boards San Francisco, Mediator

SEEDS Oakland, Mediator

Superior Court of San Francisco, Mediator

San Francisco Zen Center, Resident Student (2004-2008)

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
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