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

My forté as a photographer is finding that moment that breathes life into the captured image.  So much of what we see is fast food apprehended and memorialized.  I strive to capture spontaneous initimate moments as an outsider embodying the perspective of a participant.

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.

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.