Berns Galloway MED, CCC, SEP
From the academic perspective, Berns graduated from the University of Victoria with a Master’s in Education in 1995. He received his SEP designation in 2003 and was appointed faculty with the Somatic Experiencing Institute in 2008.
Berns has been working with people since 1980 when he started working with elementary school kids from the experiential perspective. While working in the public school systems, he challenged himself and kids to become more than they imagined by engaging in performance and theatrical endeavours. Here Berns directed, coached and encouraged others to go beyond what was possible. His personal growth led him to challenge his own limitations, leading to a career change from education to counselling/mental health/therapy – working with groups, couples, and individuals.
From a personal perspective, Berns has been exploring identity and how that impacts our experiences. As a cis-gender white gay male, Berns is becoming more familiar with the privileges and limitations these identities have had over his lifetime. How identity impacts others is something he is interested in.
Berns brings his academic, experiential and personal perspectives to the SE trainings, facilitating a bottom-up inside-out process for learning and discovery in service of becoming an effective somatic-oriented practitioner.
* Sean Frankino LCSW, SEP, ESQ will be co-teaching as part of his mentoring process for SEI faculty.
Sean Frankino is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Manhattan, NY where he works with adult individuals. He is a Somatic Experiencing Practioner, Consultant, and former co-Lead Assistant for the New York City SE trainings. He is also an EMDR practitioner and Trainer in Attachment Focused EMDR for the Parnell Institute. He integrates awareness of the body and sensations into his EMDR practice. His general clinical orientation is relational which privileges the healing nature of the therapeutic relationship. Further, he incorporates SE touch and table work into his practice and is currently training in Polarity therapy and Inner Relational Focusing. In his spare time he loves to take walks with his two dogs along Riverside Park and express himself through abstract painting.
Sean is on SEI Facuty track and Berns is mentoring him.