Trauma is A Fact of Life. It does not, however, have to be a Life Sentence.

 

Peter A. Levine

About Me

Dynamic clinician with thirty-seven years successful experience in blending state-of-the-art manual therapeutic methodologies, neurotherapy, and psychological principles in the treatment of chronic/sustained pain, PTSD, traumatic stress, and substance abuse/addiction.  


Created The Center for Pain & Trauma Recovery (CPTR), an integrative clinic that contracted with a neurologist, chiropractor, massage therapist, and psychotherapist with a focus on treating the complex patient population.  Also established The NeuroHarmonics Institute, which incorporated neurofeedback therapy to augment the treatment of the patient population at CPTR.


The past ten years have been spent with intense focus on integrating the neurophysiological and psychological aspects of PNES, PTSD, and traumatic stress in the physical therapy department of the University of Colorado Hospital.  I was privileged to work with medical interns, residents, and physical-therapy students in this regard.  Instrumental in bringing the understanding of Trauma-Informed Physical Therapy to Colorado.


One of the very few clinicians nationwide to simultaneously hold degrees in physical therapy and contemplative psychotherapy.  Lectured nationally with Dr. Robert Scaer, author of "The Body Bears the Burden" and "The Trauma Spectrum", on the neurophysiological aspect of PTSD and traumatic stress.
In cooperation with Sgt. Andrew Pogany, co-founded the “Operation Just One” movement in Colorado to help recruit healthcare providers to donate time and services to assist veterans in need.


Entered as Expert Witness in Chronic Pain in Sterling, Colorado, County Court, 7/98.

Education

2007

Brain State Technologies Masters Neurofeedback Certification Program, Brain State Technologies, Scottsdale, AZ

 

2006

Brain State Technologies Neurofeedback Certification, Brain State Technologies, Scottsdale, AZ

 

1997-2000

Certification, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, ® The Foundation for Human Enrichment, Lyons, CO. 

 

1990 - 92

M.A. Psychology: Contemplative Psychotherapy, The Naropa University, Boulder, CO.

 

1981 - 82

B.S. Physical Therapy, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL.

 

1978 - 81

B.S.  Pre- Physical Therapy Studies (awarded 1983), summa cum laude, Winona State University, Winona, MN. Minors in chemistry and philosophy. Participated in honors and independent study programs.

 

1977 - 78

Physical Therapy major, Purdue University, Calumet Campus, Hammond, IN.

Membership

Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists

State License

 

Physical Therapy Colorado #2785

Active Unlicensed Psychotherapy Registration Colorado #1364

Experience

3/2010-Present
The University of Colorado Hospital, working as an integrative physical therapist at the Center for Integrative Medicine, the Boulder Health Center Branch, consultant with CeDAR (the Center for Dependency and Addiction Recovery). I provide outpatient integrative manual physical therapy, focusing on treating patients with addiction recovery, traumatic stress, FND, PNES, PTSD, and chronic sustained conditions. Working with medical residents, interns, and physical therapy students in demonstrating trauma-informed care.

 

 

10/94-4/2018
The NeuroHarmonics Institute, Owner and Principle therapist.  
Utilizing neurotherapy in the treatment of a wide variety of clinical cases.
Center for Pain & Trauma Recovery, Colorado. Owner and Principal Therapist. Specializing in the treatment of the psychological and neurophysiological aspects of chronic pain, PTSD, Combat-Related Stress, and Traumatic Stress. 


2/93-2/2000
Boulder Community Hospital at the Mapleton Rehabilitation Center, Boulder, CO. Chronic Pain Specialist/Outpatient Orthopedic Clinician.  Work with varied acute and chronic outpatient orthopedic caseload utilizing muscle energy and strain-counter strain techniques, soft tissue mobilization, and CranioSacral therapy. Specialized in the treatment of traumatic stress in the chronic pain department.  Instrumental in departmental implementation of the understanding of PTSD and traumatic stress in the chronic pain population.


6/92-4/93
RPT Associates, Boulder, CO.  Outpatient Orthopedic Clinician (part-time).  Provide orthopedic physical therapy services, as above.


1/92-4/98
Professional Therapies, Longmont, CO.  Outpatient Orthopedic Clinician-Counselor (part-time).  Provided on-call physical therapy services, including CranioSacral therapy, soft tissue mobilization, and psychotherapy for an outpatient office.  


6/91 - 8/91
Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy, Lakewood, CO.  Outpatient Orthopedic Clinician (part-time).  Provided manual orthopedic physical therapy services for an outpatient office, as well as in-services on CranioSacral therapy.  


7/90 - 2/91
J.T.M. Rehabilitation Specialties, Highland, IN.  Outpatient Orthopedic Clinician (contract services). Post-op orthopedic recovery.


8/89 - 7/90

Northwest Pain & Physical Rehabilitation Center, Merrillville, IN.  Orthopedic Clinician (contract services).  Re-initiated contract services that I previously provided (3/85 through 1/89).  Provided primarily clinical services.  Initiated stress management program utilizing a flotation/isolation tank.  Worked closely with a clinical psychologist in treating chronic pain clients involved in motor vehicle accidents and industrial injuries.


2/89 - 7/90
Visiting Nurses Association of Northwest Indiana, Hammond, IN. Orthopedic Clinician (contract services). Provided physical therapy to home-bound clients.


2/89 - 7/90
Advanced Therapeutic Specialties P.C., Hammond, IN.  Outpatient Orthopedic Clinician (contract services).


1/89 - 6/89
St. Margaret Hospital, Hammond, IN.  Outpatient Orthopedic Clinician (contract services).


3/85 - 1/89
Northwest Physical Rehabilitation Center, East Chicago, IN.  Orthopedic Clinician (contract services). Involved with a wide variety of orthopedic cases at two affiliated clinics on a contract basis.  Specialized in the treatment of the chronic pain client with manual therapeutic techniques. Worked closely with a clinical psychologist in the chronic pain program.

 

1983 - 85
Restorative Services, Inc., Hobart, IN. Chief Therapist, Accounts Receivable Coordinator. Involved with initiation of Sports Medicine Program at Southlake Sports Therapy Clinic and Southlake Physical Therapy. Responsible for accounts receivable and implementing computerized accounting system.

Teaching Engagements


10/19    

Trauma-Informed Physical Therapy in Theory and Practice, 2019 APTA Colorado Rocky Mountain Annual Conference & PT Expo, Denver CO.

4/16

Treating Traumatic Stress in Rehabilitation; A Hands-on Workshop, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora CO.

 

12/15

Somatic Syndromes of Trauma in Rehabilitation, with Dr. Robert Scaer, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, CO.


4/15

Functional Neurological Disorder: A Case Study, The University of Colorado Hospital Spring Rehabilitation Symposium, Denver CO.


11/12

The Brain/Body Spectrum in Trauma, with Dr. Robert Scaer, University of Wisconsin @ Oshkosh, Appleton, WI. 


3/11

Brain Plasticity in Trauma and Healing, with Dr. Robert Scaer, University of Wisconsin @ Whitewater, Whitewater WI.  


4/10

The Body Bears the Burden, with Dr. Robert Scaer, The University of Wisconsin @ Whitewater, Whitewater, WI.

4/09

The Body Bears the Burden, with Dr. Robert Scaer, University of Wisconsin @ Milwaukee, Milwaukee WI.

12/05

Reintegration Workshop for Charlie Company Minnesota National Guard Returning from Iraq, with David Berceli, MSW, LMT, MS, Stephen Robinson, MA, and Elizabeth Hawkins, Magis Group, Marshall MN.


11/05

Reintegration Workshop for Alpha Company Minnesota National Guard Returning from Iraq, with Robert Scaer, MD, David Berceli, MSW, LMT, MS, Victoria Bruner, MSW, RN,  Mary Tendall, MA, LMFT, Stephen Robinson, MA, and Elizabeth Hawkins,  Magis Group, Marshall MN

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10/05

PTSD Community Workshop with Clair Karam, Ph.D., Unity Church of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado.


10/05    

Freeing the Body: New Somatic techniques for Trauma Therapy, with Robert Scaer, MD & David Berceli, MSW, LMT, MS.  Magis Group, Boulder Colorado.


10/05    

Chronic Pain and Traumatic Stress. Project Recovery lecture series to veterans of the Iraqi War, Colorado Springs, CO


6/05    

New Concepts in Somatic Psychotherapy in Combat-Related Stress and Dissociation, Marine Corps Community Services, Parris Island, South Carolina.

12/04    

Trauma Theory and Somatic Experiencing. University of Colorado Wardenburg Health Center, Boulder Colorado.


11/04    

Trauma Theory and Somatic Experiencing. University of Colorado Wardenburg Health Center, Boulder Colorado.10/04    

The Body Bears the Burden:  Trauma, Dissociation, and Disease, with Dr. Robert Scaer. The University of Wisconsin @ Milwaukee.

 

5/03    

The Body Bears the Burden:  Trauma, Dissociation, and Disease, with Dr. Robert Scaer. The University of Wisconsin @ Milwaukee.

 

5/02    

Chronic Pain & Traumatic Stress. APTA Colorado Chapter Annual Spring Convention & Exhibition, Regis University, Denver CO.

 

4/02    

Trauma Theory:  Practical Demonstrations and Open Forum. University of Colorado Wardenburg Health Center, Boulder Colorado.

 

3/02    

Trauma Theory:  Tactile Defensiveness and the Collapse of Personal Boundaries. University of Colorado Wardenburg Health Center, Boulder Colorado.

 

3/02    

Trauma Theory: Understanding the Theoretical Basis of the Triune Brain and Applications in the Clinical Setting. University of Colorado Wardenburg Health Center, Boulder Colorado.

 

2/02    

The Body Bears the Burden:  Working with Physiological Responses to Trauma., With Dr. Robert Scaer, Center for Pain & Trauma Recovery, Boulder Colorado.

 

7/01    

New Concepts of Hidden Trauma. Center for Pain & Trauma Recovery, Boulder Colorado.

 

9/01    

The Body Bears the Burden:  Working with Physiological Responses to Trauma. With Dr. Robert Scaer, The Institute for Psychology and Research, Arvada Colorado.

 

1/97    

The Magic of Movement and Touch., Longmont United Hospital, Longmont, CO.

 

6/95    

Hanna Somatics Workshop. Co-instructor with Elenore Criswell Hanna, Ed.D., Boulder, CO.

 

5/95    

Maitri Training Intensive for Psychotherapists. Co-facilitator, The Naropa University, Crestone CO.

 

1986          

CranioSacral Therapy, Northern District Indiana APTA, Ft. Wayne IN.

 

1985          

Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder., Restorative Services, Merrillville, IN

 

1984            

CranioSacral Therapy. Restorative Services, Merrillville, IN

 

1983          

CranioSacral Therapy. Restorative Services, Merrillville, IN