Rabbi Arielle Hanien
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
She brings an integrative approach to healing the trauma of sexual assault, accidents, and developmental trauma, as well as the effects of social and inherited trauma.
Although she is able to work with clients using exclusively somatic techniques, many clients prefer to draw upon her extensive experience as a spiritual counselor to bring spiritual resources into therapy sessions. When it is helpful, clients who identify with various religious traditions can integrate spiritual reflection and resources, orienting beliefs and practices, into the therapeutic experience to support healing. This can help them feel the support of a power beyond themselves that helps them get through tough times. Or it can support reaching a state of awareness, or self-realization, or a felt-sense of just how interconnected we all are with the rest of the world.
She already had degrees in Physical and Social sciences, as well as Philosophy, when she was ordained as a rabbi by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2006. She applied this background to her study of neuroscience and psychology, and eventually studied Somatic Experiencing, developed by Peter Levine, with him and a number of his protégées from around the world. Soon she was discovering how valuable the technique was in her work with individuals, families, and communities.
Deepening her study of personal and collective healing with doctoral research at the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University, she began consulting internationally about how to apply contemporary understandings of trauma and recovery that can be discerned in ancient spiritual traditions, in integrative ways.
Since becoming certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in 2014, she has helped to teach that technique as well as derivative ones, including Integrative Somatic Psychology developed by Raja Selvam, EmotionAid developed by Gina Ross, and Full Embodiment developed by Ariel Giaretto. These share a common thread, which is to help us emerge from the shadow of trauma and reconnect us to our innate capacity for a life of vitality, deep emotion, meaning, relationship, and dignity, by supporting the integration of our body, mind, and spirit.
An award-winning writer, educator, and researcher, Rabbi Hanien has worked since 2011 with the International Trauma-Healing Institute to deepen understanding of contemporary research in trauma healing among religious leaders around the world and to create new resources in English and in Hebrew.
Her work has been featured by ELI Talks and the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Ethics and on podcasts produced by the Sinai and Synapses Fellowship, a national cohort of scientists and religious leaders who see Science and Religion as integral aspects of how we understand the world.
Rabbi Hanien completed her doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at Ryokan College in 2017.