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Staci K. Haines
Staci is the developer of Generative Somatics and the Somatics and Trauma courses. Her work emerges from the Somatics tradition of Richard Strozzi Heckler integrating Polarity Therapy, Gestalt, Vipassana meditation and Aikido. Staci integrates her extensive study in personal and social change, trauma and recovery and Neuro-Linguistic Programming into this unique and powerful work. She is a senior teacher in the field of Somatics and leads courses in Somatics and Leadership, Somatics and Trauma, and Social Leadership. She has been working and teaching in the field of Somatics for the last 15 years.

Staci is the author of The Survivor's Guide to Sex (Cleis 1999), a how-to book offering a somatic approach to recovery from sexual trauma and developing healthy sexual and intimate relationships. Her book has been nationally recognized and translated into German, Japanese and Spanish. Healing Sex (S.I.R 2004), her recently produced DVD features actors and real life testimonials, focuses on using somatics to heal from various forms of sexual trauma. Healing Sex includes both men and women as survivors of sexual trauma, and represents people from a diversity of communities, and has both English and Spanish subtitles (

Staci has lectured at numerous institutions including Oberlin College, Smith College, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University on issues of child sexual abuse and social change, the impact and healing of trauma, somatics and trauma recovery, and sexual health, as well as presented at national and international conferences.

Lastly, Staci is also a founder of generation Five, a social justice organization whose mission is to end the sexual abuse of children within 5 generations through survivor leadership, community organizing, transformative justice approaches and movement building (

Staci K. Haines

Denise Benson, MFT
Denise Benson is a seasoned somatic psychotherapist in private practice in Los Gatos and San Francisco, California. She works with individuals and adolescents as a body oriented therapist. Denise has facilitated groups for women and people from the LGBT communities. She is an Associate at Strozzi Institute, a certified Master Somatic Coach and a supervisor in the Strozzi Somatic Coaching Program and at California Institute of Integral Studies. Prior to becoming a therapist, Denise developed and taught an innovative curriculum on emotional intelligence as a junior high school teacher. She authored an essay entitled, "Coming Home to the Body; a Journey for Adolescents," in Being Human at Work, edited by Richard Strozzi Heckler.

Denise is a teacher of the Somatics and Trauma course, Somatics and Trauma Advanced and a trainer of the Leadership and Action Courses at Strozzi Institute.

Denise Benson, MFT

Assistant Teachers
Mary Michael Wagner
Michael Klein, Ph.D.
Meredith Broome
Donna Diamond

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