"Healing Racial Trauma with Somatic Therapy"



Dr. Chinwe Williams  and Erica Bonham, LPC 


"Healing Racial Trauma with Somatic Therapy"


The road to healings begins here. This 3.5 hour mastercourse is designed for therapists and wellness professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of racism as trauma and how to incorporate Somatic and Attachment informed practices, and other culturally -relevant interventions that bring the body and the heart into healing.



The more we understand the trauma of living in a white supremacist culture, we know that we must bring the body into the healing process.

Understanding of the pain of white supremacy is not new, especially for people of color, but combining a healing modality that moves beyond intellectual understanding puts words and practice into something that has felt familiar.

This 3.5 hour mastercourse is designed for therapists and wellness professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of racism as trauma and how to incorporate Somatic and Attachment informed practices, and other culturally -relevant interventions that bring the body and the heart into healing.

During our 3.5 hour Masterclass you will learn about:


The salience of Race-Based Traumatic Stress and Transgenerational Trauma and tangible ways to become anti-racist therapists and agents for racial equality and social justice.

What role unconscious/implicit biases, social structures, and historical events play in informing our perceptions and experiences in the world, as well as how they support racist systemic structures.

The practice of self-reflection, especially on the part of white therapists, and how to center the voices of Black, Brown and Indigenous people when learning about racism.

The importance of body practices in healing racialized trauma and learn specific somatic interventions during different phases of therapy (History taking, client preparation, Reprocessing & Installation).

Incorporating clinical evaluation prompts to help identify deep racialized hurts and wounds during the Assessment stage of therapy.

Specific practices to help guide Black and Clinicians of Color who have experienced their own racialized trauma and/or oppression.

Please note that you do NOT have to be EMDR trained to take this course.


This course is for any therapist or wellness professional seeking to deepen their knowledge and skillset in helping clients to cope with race-based traumatic stress.


Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain a greater understanding of understanding Race-Based Trauma and how to incorporate somatic practices in healing.
  • Participants will learn what it means to move from cultural competence to anti-racist’
  • Participants will learn tools to reflect on their own identity, bias, and privilege so as not to do harm to their clients in the therapeutic process.
  • Participants will learn how to identify more of their own blind spots and become more conscious and aware of their own implicit biases.
  • Participants will learn how to assess for racial trauma in finding the targets and incorporate anti-racist cognitive interweaves when clients are stuck.
  • Participants will learn specific somatic and culturally relevant resources for race-based trauma that can help clients widen the window of tolerance for reprocessing.

Don't Take a Word From Us

Hear what other people are saying..

I really appreciated the poly vagal resource and the mindfulness techniques we discussed. I find great value in learning and being able to teach actual skills that address trauma.

This was excellent. Great positive and transparent energy from presenters! It was a great primer for the material and I appreciated all the thought and sensitivity the presenters put into it. We covered a lot in a short amount of time, and the focus on somatic approaches was excellent.

I really valued the incorporation of somatic theory and applications. Erica and  Dr. Chinwe—their warmth, knowledge, communicating “going there” directly but in a way people could hear it

What You'll Discover in this Masterclass for Therapists and Wellness Professionals:


3.5 hours of Video lessons on a variety of topics to help you feel more confident working with racial trauma.

Multiple body based interventions that will leave you better prepared to work with clients impacted by racialized trauma.

Ten Video Modules (10-20 minute teachings) that are easy to digest and that you can access in whatever order at your leisure.

FREE BONUS Downloadable resources and tools: 

  • BONUS: How Black and white clinicians can speak to "defensive" clients about race  
  • BONUS: How white clinicians can demonstrate to BIPOC clients that therapy can be a "safe" space to discuss race.
  • BONUS: Self-Reflection Tool for Clinicians and Clients

1-yr access, anywhere, anytime across different devices

Frequently Asked Questions


Meet the Presenters


Dr. Chinwé Williams

is a licensed, Board-Certified and EMDR certified therapist in the state of Georgia. She has served as a college and high school counselor, executive coach, and currently works as a consultant in schools, faith-based, and corporate work settings. Her expertise lies in areas of stress/anxiety management, trauma recovery, cultural awareness, and women’s wellness. Dr. Williams has previously taught at Georgia State University, Argosy University, UC-Florida, and Rollins College. Dr. Williams is a published journal author and a frequent expert blog and podcast contributor on topics related to culture, race, and adolescent and adult wellness. She has presented or co-presented at numerous conferences on the topics of race-based trauma and racial equity in schools and in the workplace. She is also a speaker and the owner of Meaningful Solutions Counseling & Consulting, a private practice in Roswell, GA.



Erica Bonham is a certified EMDR clinician, consultant and trainer.

She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Colorado. She aspires to be a catalyst for change, justice, growth, evolution and all around badassery. She is the owner and operator of A.V.O.S. Counseling Center and Training Institute in Arvada, CO., which specializes in serving the LGBTQ community, abuse recovery, and trauma recovery related to social injustice, racial injustice and spiritual abuse. She incorporates her training as a yoga instructor and mindfulness practitioner to deepen clients healing of their bodies and specializes in somatic and attachment EMDR and ego state work. She is a published author, speaker and the creator of the course “Healthy Hope: EMDR Best Practices for Healing Spiritual Trauma.” She seeks to get into good trouble to dismantle systems of oppression and white supremacy. Find out more at

***Please note*** As part of her own reparations work, 10% of Erica's profits from this course will be donated to the Loveland Foundation, which is an organization that links Black girls and Black Queer folks with other Black therapists. The foundation pays for therapy for Black women, girls and queer identified folks no questions asked and therapists are compensated so as to prevent burn-out of therapists of color.  

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