Diane Poole Heller Ph.D. is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and expert in the field of child and adult attachment theory as well as trauma resolution. Her expertise in trauma healing has benefitted survivors and families of 9/11 and the Columbine shootings, making her a highly sought-after consultant, speaker, and presenter for organizations worldwide.

In 2019, Diane joined Rosie Perez on stage at the Rubin Museum of Art to discuss childhood trauma, its impact on adult relationships, and managing PTSD.

ASERVIC (Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling) awarded Diane with a Lifetime Humanitarian Award in 2019.

Diane developed her signature series on adult attachment called DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience) which is also internationally recognized as SATe (Somatic Attachment Training experience). Her work with adult attachment has forged a path for adults with childhood attachment injuries to develop Secure Attachment Skills (SAS) that lead to more connected and fulfilling adult relationships. She believes that by healing ourselves we heal our families, our communities, and the world as a whole.

In 1989, Dr. Heller began working with Dr. Peter Levine, founder of SETI (Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute). As Senior Faculty for SETI, she taught Somatic Experiencing® trauma work internationally for over 25 years. 

Her book, Crash Course, on auto accident trauma resolution, is used worldwide as a resource for healing a variety of overwhelming life events. Her film, “Surviving Columbine,” produced with Cherokee Studios, aired on CNN and supported community healing in the aftermath of the Columbine high school shootings. Sounds True recently published Dr. Heller’s audiobook: Healing Your Attachment Wounds: How to Create Deep and Lasting Relationships and her newest book, The Power of Attachment: How to Create Deep and Lasting Intimate Relationships. She has also authored numerous articles in the trauma resolution attachment field.

Alicen Halquist, MA, LPC is a Licensed Psychotherapist with a Masters Degree in Somatic Psychology. She has 23 years’ experience facilitating and assisting the Somatic Experiencing (SE) training through SETI. She also teaches DARe and has extensive experience integrating SE with the DARe model.

Alicen serves as SE faculty as well as a Senior Lead Assistant and supervises trainings through the advanced level for SETI. In addition, she is Adjunct Faculty in the graduate Somatic Psychology program at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She has also been trained in PACT, a psychobiological therapy by Stan Tatkin.

Her approach integrates deep mindfulness, is informed by eastern philosophy, a personal meditation practice, yoga, dance/creative arts therapy, and a belief that healing trauma can give us direct access to spiritual expansion.

Client Testimonials

“It has helped me understand my clients and know what to do when there are breeches in attunement. Invaluable for working with Trauma, Addiction, and Axis II clients.” – Sarah Keider, Chicago

“Diane’s demos are amazing. The most powerful and rewarding learning experience for being present with clients and also amazingly healing personally. It is true as Diane says that if attachment and trauma are present, attachment issues need to be addressed first- safety and recovery from that are so helpful for the rest of the work.” – Nina Allred, Sandy Hook, CT

“A privilege to be in Diane’s presence and exposed to the experience she organized for us. I experienced surprising insights, learning and inspiration during this training; I have lots of experience with leaders and teachers. Diane manifests love of people, good humor, professionalism; skill, generosity and humility are refreshing and make me feel deeply appreciative. Thanks to Diane and her circle.” – Bob Barrett, Edmonton, Canada

“Diane has been a professional role model for me for years. She is compassionate, caring, supportive and so committed to teaching. Diane is beautiful both inside and outside. I personally gain from her patience. Because of Diane’s big heart, sometimes I wonder if she works too hard. (Just a thought). I am deeply grateful to Diane and all her staff for all the work and thoughtful treats included in this training. Thank you for all your hard work!” – L.S., Arroyo Grande, CA