Brian Tierney holds a PhD in Somatic Psychology and has, for over a decade, been an international trainer of somatic clinicians. As a somatic practitioner trainer, Brian aids people in working more skillfully with the physiology of the nervous system to build resilience, release trauma, and alleviate chronic pain. His doctoral project was an Integrative approach to Psychology that wove together Somatic Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Embryology, Neurobiology, Mythological Studies, and General Systems Theory.
Brian has been an integrative clinical bodywork practitioner since 1999 and has a multiplicity of experiences including working with cancer patients in New Zealand, stewarding rites of passage events for men and boys, and providing drama therapy in group settings. His thousands of hours of training in the healing arts and sciences include certificates in the Rolf Method of Structural Integration, EMDR, Leadership and Social Transformation, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Advanced Breathing Facilitation, Yoga Teaching, Clinical Hypnosis, Transformational Dance, Drama Therapy, and a plethora of Clinical Massage modalities.
Brian is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in hands-on somatic approaches to trauma resolution. He is an eclectic psychotherapist who uses a combination of talk therapy and education with individuals, families, couples, children, and groups. He is also a seasoned dancer with over 20 years of experience in modalities such as Contact Improvisation, Capoeira, and Authentic Movement. Additionally, Brian is currently an adjunct professor teaching at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.