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Profound growth

RUBY JO WALKER, LCSW, SEP, CHT

Founder of Post-traumatic Growth Somatic Therapy  •  Somatic Experiencing Practitioner  •  Certified Hakomi Therapist

Ruby Jo Walker Biography

By the age of 16, I was determined to turn my passion for helping people into becoming a social worker. Since then, I’ve conducted more than 31,000 therapy sessions and created dozens of trauma-informed trainings shaped by my expertise as a Certified Somatic Experiencing™ Therapist, Hakomi™ Certified Therapist, and Organic Intelligence™ Somatic Therapist, Expert level. 

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As a trauma-informed therapy trainer, I like to think of myself as the holder of holders; I’ll hold your strengths and your growing edges at the same time with love and compassion. My goal is to help you move more into yourself so you can help your clients move more into themselves.  


In my work as a therapist and therapy trainer, I make it okay to be an imperfect human. Whether you’re a practitioner seeking a safe learning space or a client searching for healing, I strive to honor your unique journey and hold your essential goodness in mind, no matter what’s going on. This effort is more than empathy; it’s deep presence and profound acceptance of whatever is unfolding for you in a moment. Together, we must trust that unfolding. 


At the heart of my work rumbles cutting-edge principles of polyvagal theory, neurobiology,  an attachment-based perspective, resilience support, and a somatic lens. The beauty of neurobiology is that your brain and body send you signals of either safety or threat, and your biology picks that up moment to moment. Together, we can work on changing these and other deep patterns. 

 

I’ve combined all I’ve learned from these separate studies to launch Post-Traumatic Growth Somatic Therapy™. I believe that neuroscience provides us with great maps of the human experience and that these maps help people navigate and even thrive through the challenges presented in their lives.

 

In short, my whole life has been about looking at growth and not letting things hold me back. My work as a therapist gives back to me in meaningful ways as I continue to teach and learn how neurobiology creates compassion for profound growth. This work is satisfying. It’s nourishing. I hope the same for you as I invite you to bring your humanness. Because, like you, I’m imperfect. Together, let’s find a way toward a brighter, healthier tomorrow with the support of more self-compassion, skills, and ways of being. 

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I believe that neuroscience provides us with great maps of the human experience and that these maps help people navigate and even thrive through the challenges presented in their lives.

Trainings Presented*

Applying Polyvagal Theory in Treatment of Trauma 
Applying the Neurobiology of Self-Compassion
Applying the Neurobiology of Self-Compassion 
Building Psychobiological Resilience Post-Pandemic
Cultivating Resilience Using the Lens of Neurobiology
Developing the Skills of the Neurobiology of Self-Regulation 
Neurobiology of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence 
Parenting Using the Lens of Neurobiology
Personality Development through the Lens of the Nervous System
Regional  Statewide  Emergency Room Trauma Conference
Somatic Psychotherapy Skills Training
Somatic Resilience
Strengthening the  Neurobiology of Attachment and Connection 
The Effect of the Pandemic on Interpersonal Neurobiology
The Neurobiology of Anxiety and Depression
The Neurobiology of Attachment
The Neurobiology of Boundaries and Needs
The Neurobiology of Grief and Loss
The Neurobiology of Post-Traumatic Growth
The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violcence
The Neurobiology of Stress and Recovery 
The Neurobiology of Trauma
Using Neurobiology to Understand “Appease and Please”/Fawn Response 
Working with Physiology of Trauma

(*All trainings use applied Polyvagal Theory)

Groups Trained by Ruby Jo Walker

Axis Health Care Mental Health Professionals, Durango 
Ball State University Social Work Department, Indiana 
Body workers—Chiropractors, Rolfers, Craniosacral Therapists, and Massage Therapists, Durango 
CALA (Colorado Assisted Living Association), Denver
Child Advocacy Center, Cortez
CME for Medical Professionals--Understanding Trauma
Colorado Emergency Room Nurses, statewide
Counseling and Education Center, Grand Junction
Founding member of the Statewide moral distress website for Colorado Health Care Workers, developed during Covid
Four Corners Training Consortium, New Mexico 
Heartlight Grief Center, Denver
LaPlata Youth Services, Durango 
Lead Teaching Assistant for Hakomi Mindfulness Somatic Training 2006-2008 & 2011-2013
Mercy Regional Medical Center medical staff, Durango 
Montezuma Creek Navajo Reservation, Utah
Native American Law Center, New Mexico  
Pastoral Care Group, Durango 
Physical Therapy Group, Durango
Pinion Navajo Reservation, Arizona
Rocky Mountain HMO, Grand Junction
Shiprock Navajo Reservation Behavioral Health, New Mexico
Somatic Experiencing International 
Southern Ute Reservation, Ignacio 
Southwest Health System, Cortez 
Statewide Trauma Conference for Medical Professionals
TA for Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy 2012-2015, Phoenix, Kansas City, Tucson
Violence Prevention Coalition, Durango 
Wings Foundation, Denver 
Yoga Durango, Durango 

"I have learned many things from Ruby Jo -- therapeutic tools in relationship to trauma, how to trust the body and listen deeply. All of this has been beneficial with my clients and my own growth as well. I would recommend Ruby Jo because she is an amazing therapist and a buried treasure of wisdom in our rural part of the West. Ruby Jo is an honorable woman with a huge heart."

– Nikki Gillespie, Hakomi Trained Rolfer, Dolores CO