BALANCE RESTORED | An Indigenous Perspective on Tremoring

TRE Professional Development

Leslie Gray, PhD

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BALANCE RESTORED | An Indigenous Perspective on Tremoring

Leslie Gray, PhD

Saturday, August 20, 2022, 9:30-12:00 noon (PDT-Los Angeles time)

Live, Online Training 

A New Framework for the Traumatic “Story”

Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) is a technique for converting traumatic experiences into physical tremors in order to release harmful tension and anxiety. For some it may even include unusual changes in perception leading to visionary insight. In any event, the practice of tremoring for healing involves symmetry of movement and strength with the aim of restoring balance to the traumatized individual. It seems highly unlikely that there is a model of health within conventional Western medicine that encompasses these phenomena.

In this class Dr Leslie Gray will propose a model of health, and a worldview, that may be more in accordance with the methodology of TRE and then will conduct an exercise that provides attendees with an introduction to an Indigenous framework for integrative experiences via guided tremoring. She will also address issues that lead to reaching for concepts outside of the practitioner’s authentic area of practice. For example, Western psychology does not offer ways to frame the traumatic “story” outside of analysis, interpretation and diagnosis of pathology. Indigenous psychology on the other hand includes a view in which the story can be inherently healing.

It is hoped in general that this experiential seminar will support greater proficiency and confidence among healers who employ whole-person techniques.


Saturday, August 20, 2022, 9:30 – 12:00 noon (PDT-Los Angeles time)

Live, online training format (sorry, no recording will be made).


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Dr. Leslie Gray is a Native American clinical psychologist with a private practice in San Francisco, CA. She has taught Eco-psychology, Anthropology of Consciousness and Native American Psychology at numerous Bay Area universities including U.C. Berkeley. Leslie offers workshops for the general public in the U.S. and abroad, as well as specific trainings for practitioners seeking to blend Indigenous worldview into their work.

Leslie is also the founder/director of The Woodfish Foundation ( which promotes sustainability grounded in Indigenous knowledge. Leslie’s writings on the therapeutic power of incorporating Indigenous perspectives  into contemporary organizations can be found in numerous publications, including “Ecological Medicine” (Sierra Club Books) and “Original Instructions” (Bear and Company). Leslie is an Associate of the Milton Erickson Institute, a Member of the Society of Indian Psychologists, and is Vice President of The Association for Transpersonal Psychology.


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