Dr. Aline LaPierre is the coauthor of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship. She is the creator of NeuroAffective Touch™ and Director of The NeuroAffective Touch Institute.

Dr. LaPierre was on the faculty of the Somatic Doctoral Program at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute for 10 years. She has been actively involved in the field of somatic psychology and body psychotherapy for over 30 years and specializes in the integration of relational body-inclusive psychodynamic psychotherapy and energy approaches.

A graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute, she also trained as a psychoanalyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. Her knowledge of the body is grounded in years of study with Emilie Conrad at Continuum as well as in Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s BodyMInd Centering and numerous hands-on bodywork modalities. She was a member of the Allan Schore Affective Neuroscience study group for several years, maintains a private practice in Brentwood, and is currently Vice-President of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy (USABP).