My Background

Michael Shiffman, Ph.D., is a relational body therapist with offices in Encino and West Los Angeles.

I received my Ph.D. from the UCLA department of sociology.  My academic training includes conversation analysis, social movements, labor union history, gender studies, and social psychology.  I wrote my doctoral dissertation on family trauma and posttraumatic stress among adult children of alcoholics.  I have worked in program evaluation, health care research, grant writing and provided technical services to UCLA and several private computer companies.

I have a substantial background working with anxiety, panic, traumatic stress, substance abuse and recovery, relapse prevention, and somatic oriented therapeutic practices. I teach meditation, neuroaffective regulation and somatic therapy.

My clinical work is mindfulness based, somatically grounded and asset oriented.  I am a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and have three years of training and certification in the use of touch for somatic regulation.  I am also certified in the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) and NeuroAffective Touch, training with Larry Heller and Aline LaPierre for five years.  I am in the process of completing certification as an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapist (EMDR) and have training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

I began meditating in 1994 under the guidance of Shinzen Young.  I formed LA Dharma in 2000, hosted a meditation group, and coordinated 20 daylong retreats and two large conferences with teachers from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Center. In 2002 I began teaching mindfulness meditation and since then I have taught beginning, intermediate and advanced meditation practices.  I continue dhamma study with Rev. Hye Wol Sunim.

Use this link to view my CV:  Shiffman-CV