612.327.1447 dg@uptownom.com

Daniel Gaustad, DC, RYT, SEP

~ A Mindful Approach To Chiropractic & Somatic Experiencing ~

Somatic Experiencing


Somatic Experiencing (SE) can be used very effectively when working with single-event traumas (car accidents, falls, assaults, medical procedures, etc) and developmental or complex traumas (more prolonged issues often stemming from chronic stress or recurring traumas during childhood, while in utero or later in life). SE principles can also play an important role when addressing issues like intergenerational transmission of collective and historical traumas, systemic traumas (racism, patriarchy, mass incarceration, colonialism, etc) and war/refugee traumas.

In my office, SE sessions often begin with myself and a client(s) in chairs. We may then progress to working while standing, walking or making other movements as dictated by the spontaneous body-story that unfolds. Some SE sessions may also involve supportive hands-on-body contact with a client lying on a table. As we progress through body-stories, we have the opportunity to work with and renegotiate stressful or traumatic events in a person’s life often without needing to know the specific details of the events. Working with body-memory allows us to work with events that may not be available or may not feel safe to access through brain-memory (or, meaning-making-memory). This is especially helpful in working with events that happened prior to the age of 3 years old and in working with traumatic events that happen later in life where memories may be inaccurate or suppressed.

I have a special interest in working with medical and surgical traumas and pre- and peri-natal traumas. I have completed Peter Levine’s Eye of the Needle Training which focuses on working with near death experiences, anesthesia states and medical traumas. And, I have completed Peter Levine’s Depression, Aggression and Life Force Master Class. I have also received additional training in Relational Development Rupture and Repair: A Somatic Developmental Perspective (Dave Berger and Abi Blakeslee) and Concussions and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Dave Berger).

I have training in Trauma Center Trauma Senstive Yoga (TCTSY) and strive to incorporate the fundamental ideas of TCTSY into all aspects of my practice. In addition to individual SE sessions, I am also offering opportunities for group learning and group experiencing on topics relating to Nervous System Regulation, Polyvagal Theory, Patriarchy and Somatic Antiracism for White Allies.

Somatic Antiracism Groups, Sessions and Consultations


For White-Bodied Somatic Therapists and Somatic Therapists-in-Training

  • Somatic Antiracism Study Groups for White-Bodied Somatic Therapists-in-Training – in person and via Zoom
  • Individual Somatic Antiracism Sessions and Consultations for White-Bodied Somatic Therapists and Somatic Therapists-Training – in person and via Zoom

For White Allies

  • Somatic Antiracism Groups for White Allies – Exploring White Body Supremacy and Implicit Biases in White Bodies– in person
  • Individual SE Sessions for White Allies – Exploring White Body Supremacy and Implicit Biases in White Bodies – in person and via Zoom


**Note for SE Practitoners-in-Training: as I am not an approved provider, sessions and consultations will not be applied to your required hours for completion of your SEP**

To learn more about Somatic Experiencing, please feel free to contact me with any inquiries. Or, you can visit the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute website at traumahealing.org

Daniel Gaustad, DC, RYT, SEP          Phone - 612.327.1447          Email - dg@uptownom.com