Karen Melton

About Me

After 15 years in England working with individuals and groups, I moved to the U.S. in 1997 to train in Somatic Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology & Health with prominent leaders in the field (Dr. William Emerson, Ray Castellino). This is the study of life, embodiment and spirituality and consciousness from the pre-conception through newborn period. I have also taken levels one and two of Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s Developmental Attachment training, studied energy healing and the energy system, and qualified in Cranial Sacral healing.

I was drawn to this deep, profound work because I needed to heal and integrate my own early imprints from the prenatal period. Those imprints were running my life and I was operating over the top of deep terror which I became very good at hiding. I offer deep, gentle, hands-on experiential somatic work for all ages, and I am very fortunate to love my work.

My deepest wound happened in the womb at 5 weeks old, and has profoundly affected my life. I began healing my core wound in my early twenties and have dramatically shifted from feeling terrified to enjoying a feeling of well being and integration. I no longer have to deal with regular terror. My healing journey has given me a deep and personal understanding of the huge influence womb and birth experiences have on all of us. I know first-hand that it is possible to heal from a traumatic prenatal experience, and I discovered that somatic work is necessary at this level for healing to be effective.

I am writing a book that places early consciousness at the center of:

  • Conception
  • Pregnancy
  • Birthing
  • Early parenting that begins before conception

This perspective will radically change how we:

  • Bring our of children into life
  • Treat women, the sacred art of motherhood, and birthing
  • Perceive babies from pre-conception through newborn

The results of creating an optimal environment for our babies to grow in, and providing parenting much earlier than is currently fashionable, creates people who are embodied, integrated, calm, loving, empathic and emotionally intelligent with secure attachment and a pervasive sense of safety and well-being in the world. Bringing the spiritual and sacred into parenting through the recognition of early consciousness creates a whole new paradigm for us all and influences the future of people-kind and the planet in a positive way.

I hold people in their deepest places with presence, sensitivity and authenticity. I am a mother, and a grandmother.


2011 – 2013: The Neufeld Institute, Canada. Levels 1 & 2 – Attachment and developmentally based parenting

2004 – 2006: Certified in Somatic Prenatal and Birth Therapy, Castellino Training; + Advanced Double Binds Training, two Practitioner Trainings. In 2015 a post-graduate week of further training in the B.E.B.A. clinic (building and enhancing bonding and attachment) style of family work

2003 – 2005: Certified in Cranial-Sacral Work with Dr. Dennis Hertenstein, CA

1997 – 2002: Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology, Dr. William Emerson, Petaluma, CA

1995 – 1997: Art of Tantra, John Hawken, Skydancing Tantra, UK

1992: Completed the third and fourth year at Bath Center for Psychotherapy & Counseling (B.C.P.C.), UK

1991: A nine-month training in the Women’s Mysteries; spirituality, ritual, shamanic and indigenous healing practices from around the world

1988 – 1990: Diploma in Humanistic Psychology, with the Institute for the Development of Humanistic Psychology (I.D.H.P.), sponsored by Bath University, England

1985 – 1997: Counselor in private practice for 7 years

1982 – 1985: Youth Counselor with Off The Record, Youth Counseling Agency, UK. Co-founder, phone counselor, administrator,  and supervisor of counselors with Wiltshire Rape Crisis Line, UK