About Dr. Caelan Soma

Cae black shirt.jpgDr. Caelan Soma

  • Registered Dietitian
  • Social Worker
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner
  • Author
  • National Speaker and Trainer

Dr. Caelan Soma provides mind and body counseling and support to children, adolescents and adults. Using an eclectic therapeutic style she draws from her expertise in nutrition and psychology to provide client-centered sensory based interventions to promote overall wellness and balance.  Each client’s strengths and interests are central to all recommendations and treatment plans with the  belief that every person requires an individualized treatment approach. She often weaves nutrition, play, expressive arts, journal prompts and mind-body skills such as guided imagery and mindfulness into her sessions. Dr. Soma approaches every client with attention, curiosity and compassion.

Dr. Soma’s specialty areas include: women and children’s issues including: body image, weight management, nutrition counseling for optimal health and wellness, grief, stress, trauma, attention challenges, depression, anxiety, chronic illness, pain, eating disorders and emotional regulation.

Outside of her private practice, Dr. Soma is the Director of The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC), a program of the Starr Global Learning Network where she has worked since 2005. Dr. Soma provides training across the country to professionals who work with grieving and traumatized children and adults in both clinical and school settings. She has been called an excellent and passionate teacher. Many participants remark on her ability to make difficult content easy to grasp and to provide practitioners with tools they can use immediately with their clients. Her expertise, paired with her friendly and caring approach to teaching makes her a highly respected and sought after trainer in the field of childhood trauma.

Dr. Soma is the author of many TLC publications including Zero to Three: A Handbook of Trauma Interventions, One Minute Interventions for Traumatized Children and Adolescents, Mind Body Skills for Emotional Regulation and has published numerous articles in journals such as School Social Worker, Children and Schools and Child Family Professional. She is the co-author of Working with grieving and traumatized children and adolescents: Discovering what matters most through evidence-based sensory interventions.

Dr. Soma won the 2013 President’s Award at Cal Southern University for her doctoral project, Mind Body Skills for Emotional Regulation with Traumatized and Adjudicated Youth.

Dr. Soma is married and has two school-aged daughters. She loves fitness and health, spending time with her family and volunteering in her community.