Peter M. Bernstein

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Peter M. Bernstein

Peter M. Bernstein received his Master's in Social Psychology, Department of Sociology, from San Jose State University and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from International University. He completed a professional certification program in Reichian therapy with Gerald Frank, DC, and received post-doctoral recognition from the American Psychotherapy Association as a Diplomate and Fellow. Formerly the Clinical Director of Center Point Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs, Dr. Bernstein has been in private practice since 1974 as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is the Founder and Director of the Bernstein Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy and Trauma Treatment. He is the creator of Reichain Myofascial Release Therapy (RMFR), a new modality to treat physical and emotional pain and trauma.

Dr. Bernstein is the author of numerous published articles and has led a wide variety of workshops for professionals, including resiliency and secondary trauma training for case workers and clinical staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He helped found and continues to be the moving force behind Sonoma Coast Trauma Treatment, a non-profit foundation dedicated to healing combat-related trauma for veterans, service members and their families.

An Army infantry veteran of the Vietnam War era, Dr. Bernstein and his wife, Lynn, live in Petaluma, California. He can be contacted at

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