Heidi Pidcoke is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (MFT 38701) Certified EMDR Therapist and Approved Consultant that specializes in Somatics and Trauma. In her 27 years in the field she has worked with individuals, couples and families in English, Portuguese and Spanish in the various countries where she has lived. Additionally she is certified as a Voice Movement Therapist and Core Energetics Therapist.

Along with her work providing clinical supervision, Heidi is a UN certified trainer of trainers. She has facilitated training in Africa, Europe and the US for a range of participants including military personnel, diplomats and parents of remanded adolescents. 

 She can be reached by email at heidi@heidipidcoke.com or by calling (626) 716-4850.


EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and used to resolve many issues and challenges. It is an empirically supported treatment for acute and chronic post-traumatic stress disorder. EMDR therapy has helped countless people of all ages to resolve psychological distress.

Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events. This process involves communication between the amygdala (the alarm signal for stressful events), the hippocampus (where safety and danger memories are created and stored), and the prefrontal cortex (which controls behavior and emotion).

Some events are so upsetting that the normal communication between these areas becomes blocked and cannot be processed without help. This stress response is part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze response. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.”

EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.

How is EMDR different from other therapies?
EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue, or homework between sessions. EMDR, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.

EMDR is designed to activate this natural healing process in the brain through alternating eye movements, sounds, or taps. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than normal psychotherapy.


Core Energetics

Developed by John Pierrakos, MD., Core Energetics is a synthesis of body-oriented psychotherapy and spiritual development. It brings consciousness to how we block our life energy by perpetuating protective patterns adapted in childhood which keep us limited, constricted and disempowered.

Core Energetics helps us understand how our life and worldview is to a large extent a function of these blocked energy patterns. These patterns keep us recreating similar life situations and relational dynamics, leaving us trapped and frustrated. Through different processes, clients are able to  identify and dissolve these blocks, allowing more freedom and aliveness.

Core Energetics is based on these three tenets:

1) that an individual is a psychosomatic unity

2) that healing lies within and

3) that all of life moves toward creative evolution.


Voice Movement Therapy

Voice Movement Therapy (VMT) is an in-depth Expressive Therapy which employs the human voice as its main modality and is readily communicable to people of different cultures and backgrounds. It is both creative and therapeutic in that it requires an exploration of oneself and one’s issues through the contours of the voice and through the creative enactment of one’s personal story in movement and song.

Based on the work of Alfred Wolfsohn, VMT combines therapeutic principles with breath, movement, imagery, song and improvisation. With regular sessions, clients are able to transform habits and behaviors that no longer benefit their journey towards wholeness. 

Engaging in an experiential exploration of sound and movement  allows clients to reach a deeper understanding and fuller expression of their emotions, and ultimately of their full authentic self.