Dr. David Berceli, Ph.D.

The Founder of TRE®


David Berceli, Ph.D. is an international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict resolution. He is the creator of Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE).  This revolutionary technique is designed to help release the deep tension created in the body during a traumatic experience or through chronic stress.  He is also the energetic and creative founder and CEO of Trauma Recovery Services.  

Dave has spent two decades living and working in nine countries providing trauma relief workshops and designing recovery programs for international organizations around the world.  He has lived and worked extensively in Israel/Palestine, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Yemen, Egypt, and Lebanon. He is fluent in English and Arabic. 

David is unique in that he holds a solid academic and experiential grounding in psychotherapy and therapeutic body-work. He integrates that with a keen understanding of the intertwining dynamics of religion and ethnic customs.  This combination has allowed him to develop unique and specific processes that enable people from all parts of the world manage and move beyond personal trauma as well as bring healing and reconciliation between diverse groups.  


TRE® is founded by Dr David Berceli, PhD, an international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict resolution. He had worked closely with Mother Teresa. His expertise as a Trauma Recovery Therapist has brought him to many countries where conflicts  and wars are still on going or left a disastrous result.

His discovery about TRE® started when in one instance he had to hide in a bomb shelter. While in there, he noticed several reaction. Whenever a bomb falls, people despite gender, age or background will usually involuntarily curl themselves into a foetal like position. For children, he noticed that they will usually start shaking. When he asked the adult about why they don’t shake like the children, they responded as they don’t want to show the children that they were afraid. He began doing more research on this subject.

Dr David Berceli researched shows that the shaking or tremor reflex is also present in animals after they faced a degree of stress. Imagine dogs or cats during thunderstorm, where they will shake to maintain their calm. He realised that human also have this mechanism but as they grow older, human have the ability or option to voluntarily suppress the mechanism as it will affect their image; look inappropriate or weak.

Dr David Bercelli worked closely with Peter Levine, an expert in trauma and somatic experience studies, to explore how by suppressing the natural tendency if shaking leads human to store the trauma in the body and to find a way to help release the trauma safely by using our own body mechanism.