Trainings Presented

The Neurobiology of Trauma
Cultivating Resilience Using the Lens of Neurobiology
The Neurobiology of Post-Traumatic Growth
Somatic Resilience
The Neurobiology of Grief and Loss
The Neurobiology of Attachment
The Neurobiology of Anxiety and Depression
Applying the Neurobiology of Self-Compassion
The Effect of the Pandemic on Interpersonal Neurobiology
Building Psychobiological Resilience Post-Pandemic
Parenting Using the Lens of Neurobiology
Somatic Psychotherapy Skills Training
Personality Development through the Lens of the Nervous System



“I have known Ruby Jo for nearly 25 years. She has always exuded warm, supportive and compassionate care. As a physician who sees a wide variety of patients, I have referred dozens to Ruby Jo over the years. Every one of them give glowing accounts of their care and progress under her wise, nurturing guidance. Her work in body-centerd therapy is deeply important and very effective.”
             — Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, L.Ac., DiploOM


“As a licensed, board certified, psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, I’ve known Ruby Jo Walker for over ten years. She is one of the most skilled therapists I have ever worked with over my 18+ years in psychiatry. Her clinical knowledge and diagnostic depth are very strong, and she connects with clients that most others cannot. Her devotion to continuing education and being up-to-date on advancements in her field are exemplary. I frequently refer Ruby Jo to my most complex clients requiring not only a high level of knowledge and experience, but also a fearless heart to connect and work with even the most challenging clients. With her extensive experience, clinical knowledge, and dedication to her profession, I highly recommend Ruby Jo Walker as a supervisor.”
             — James Knight, APN

Founder of Post-Traumatic Growth Somatic Therapy™

RUBY JO WALKER,LCSW, is an expert trainer and somatic therapist on the forefront of the field of interpersonal neurobiology. Her work focuses on helping clients (organizations or individuals) to create productive, healthy, and integrated relationships professionally and personally. She’s been a somatic psychotherapist for over 27 years specializing in:

  • Trauma informed training
  • Polyvagal theory
  • Nervous system dysregulation
  • Developmental wounding
  • Growth work
  • Grief and loss, anxiety, depression
  • Issues encountered by adults in transition or engaging change
  • Childhood abuse issues
  • Therapist development, supervision and clinical consultation

Her trainings are useful to therapists, medical professionals, body workers, yoga teachers, pastoral care workers and spiritual advisors, advocates, helping professionals, and anyone wanting to understand trauma or the neurobiology of human experiences.

She brings the clarity and skillfulness of the latest information in applied brain science and the autonomic nervous system to her work with clients, therapists and groups. Having trained years in Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi and Organic Intelligence, as well as self-study with information from Dr. Bessel Vander Kolk, Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Steven Porges, and Dr. Rick Hanson, Paul Eckman, Bruce Ecker, Bonnie Badenoch, Peter Levine, and Pat Ogden. She brings a broad and highly developed perspective to her trainings and supervision.

Ruby Jo has also worked with businesses and leadership teams, bringing her clear perspectives on nervous system regulation and group/systems dynamics to ease friction, increase morale, and dramatically improve efficiency.

She lives in Durango, CO with her daughter. She is passionate about learning, personal growth, and enjoying the outdoors.

Somatic Therapy Certifications:
•  Certified Somatic Experiencing™ Therapist,
•  Hakomi™ Certified Therapist,
•  Ruby Jo Walker is also trained at the Expert Level in
   Organic Intelligence™ Somatic Therapy. Hoskinson Organic Intelligence.


Groups Trained by Ruby Jo Walker

Counseling and Education Center—Grand Junction
Heartlight Grief Center—Denver
CALA—Colorado Assisted Living Association—Denver
Colorado Emergency Room Nurses—statewide
Pinion Navajo Reservation—Arizona
Montezuma Creek Navajo Reservation—Utah
Axis Health Care Mental Health Professionals
Pastoral Care Group
Child Advocacy Center
Mercy Medical Center Emergency Room Staff
Mercy Medical Center Medical Staff
Southwest Health System
Physical Therapy Group
LaPlata Youth Services
Body workers—Chiropractors, Rolfers, Craniosacral Therapists and Massage Therapists
Southern Ute Reservation
Statewide Trauma Conference for Medical Professionals
Ball State University Social Work Department
Four Corners Training Consortium
Violence Prevention Coalition
Yoga Durango
San Juan Basin Health Department
Manna Soup Kitchen
Adult Protective Services Team—Human Services
Lawyers Mediation Group
SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners)
9-R School District
WINGS Foundation, Denver—serving victims of childhood sexual abuse

Lead Teaching Assistant for Hakomi Mindfulness Somatic Training 2006-2008 & 2011-2013
TA for Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy 2012-2015, Phoenix, Kansas City, Tucson.
CME for Medical Professionals--Understanding Trauma
Community Training: Working with Physiology of Trauma
Regional Trauma Conference: "Understanding the Role of the Autonomic Nervous System in Working with Trauma"
CCASA (Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault) Vail annual Conference: The Neurobiology of Trauma



Ruby Jo Walker, LCSW, SEP, CHT
Psychotherapist   •  Somatic Experiencing Practitioner   •   Certified Hakomi Therapist
2855 Main Avenue, Suite 107A, Durango, CO 81301    •     970-259-5711    •