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). I also have studied extensively the Organic Intelligence model of SE® with Steven Hoskinson, a SETI Senior International Instructor.

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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