From an early sense of joy through acrobatics, dance, and the general sense of embodiment, Louise Barrie developed an interest in the mind/body connection. Out of this interest, after having completed a degree in English literature, she pursued degrees in biology and psychology, eventually becoming a somatic psychotherapist (MFT).
She studied many modalities, including Feldenkrais, Bioenergetics, and Neo-Reichian Psychotherapy. She eventually apprenticed to Marion Rosen, co-developed the Rosen Method Certification Training Program with her, and taught that program for fourteen years. In addition to teaching in Berkeley, she developed a school in Chapel Hill, NC, where she also offered certification in Rosen Method and eventually in Huma Transpersonal Bodywork, later Huma Somatic Psychotherapy.
Rosen Method formed a foundation for her work. Over time, she began to focus more on reaching for the flow of energy in the central channel of the body, helping the client reach for the inner guidance and the “still place of being”. Out of these shifts, she developed Huma Somatic Psychotherapy.
She has been in private practice since the mid-70s, in Albany, CA.
In addition to teaching the aforementioned certification programs, she has been on the adjunct faculty of John F. Kennedy University and has taught at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology. She has now closed her teaching programs and focuses solely on work with clients.