Elizabeth Bader has been a lawyer, mediatorcoach and teacher. She also holds a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) Certificate — a certificate awarded after more than 200 hours of training on trauma

Currently, Elizabeth’s work centers on sharing her reflections on the relationship between spirituality, psychology, trauma and conflict resolution. Her writings can be found in various journals and on this website.

Understanding “Ego:” Spirituality and Conflict Resolution

Understanding the connections between trauma, psychology, spirituality and conflict resolution has been the core of Elizabeth’s work.  Her award-winning insights on dealing with “face” and “ego” issues in conflict resolution have won her high praise in both the psychology and conflict resolution/legal communities

In a recent article, Elizabeth has also clarified the neurobiological links between issues of “face” and self-identity and fight and flight responses to conflict. This ground-breaking work connects the psychology of interpersonal conflict with the work of Peter Levine and Stephen Porges, among others.

Publications and Honors

Elizabeth has written about her approach to conflict resolution and mediation in articles published in the Cardozo Journal of Dispute Resolution (2016), the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal (2010), the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies (2011), and mediate.com. Her insights have been recognized in both the psychology and legal communities, both here and abroad.

Her writings earned Elizabeth the Margaret S. Mahler Psychiatric Research Foundation’s Literature Prize in 2011.  In Europe, her work has also been used to help “train the trainers” on multi-cultural mediation.

Elizabeth’s work has been studied in graduate programs at UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), Golden Gate University, John F. Kennedy University, and the University of Oregon.

Teaching Activities

Elizabeth has taught privately and in many different settings. She has presented at the Bar Association of San Francisco, the American Bar Association, the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the Science and Nonduality Conference 2012, Boalt Hall, JFK University and other places. She has also led small groups for lawyers and therapists.

Work Within the American Bar Association

From 2009 to 2013, Elizabeth founded and chaired a committee within the American Bar Association that expressly included both psychology and spirituality in its mandate. In that role, she organized meetings on topics such as meditation, forgiveness and money. She now maintains a website on psychology, spirituality and conflict resolution in order to host collaborative discussions on these topics, and to publish articles of her own.

Elizabeth Bader