Read About The TRE Process

Dr. Berceli is the author of multiple books that outline the effectiveness of TRE in the lives of people around the world.  Each book delves into the history and research around the body based approach to reducing and recovering from stress, anxiety and trauma.
View Books 

About Dr. David Berceli

Dr. David Berceli

David Berceli, Ph.D. is the creator of Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) and an international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict resolution.  Dr. Berceli developed TRE as a method to help release the deep tension created in the body during a traumatic experience or through chronic stress.

Learn More




Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises

A group of people practicing TRE®

TRE® is an innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. The exercises safely activate a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. When this muscular shaking/vibrating mechanism is activated in a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return back to a state of balance.

Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (or TRE®) is based on the fundamental idea, backed by research, that stress, tension and trauma is both psychological and physical. TRE®’s reflexive muscle vibrations generally feel pleasant and soothing.  After doing TRE®, many people report feelings of peace and well-being. TRE® has helped many thousands of people globally.

TRE® is designed to be a self-help tool that, once learned, can be used independently as needed throughout one’s life, thereby continuously supporting and promoting personal health and wellness.

New to TRE®?

It is easy to begin your own personal journey with TRE®.  The exercises are simple to learn and can be utilized on your own schedule to fit your own needs.  There are many ways to get started: you can purchase one of Dr. Berceli's books for detailed instructions, purchase an instructional DVD or download our iPhone / Android apps to learn the exercises.  You can also connect directly with a Certified TRE Provider in either a one-on-one or group workshop setting.  See the links below for more details.

View Workshops Find A TRE Provider Dr. Berceli's Events Get Certified Download App

TRE®'s Response To COVID-19

All of us are dealing with the sudden onset of the COVID-19 virus and these changing times. TRE For All is exploring options on how to adapt our methods of teaching, whether it be a TRE® workshop, Global Certification Training or personal session. We hope to be sending regular updates as we deal with these very important issues. To the right, you will find our official how-to video for TRE®'s seven exercises.

Our providers are also working to provide online sessions to the global community.

Who Can Benefit from Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises?

You! Since this shaking mechanism in the muscles is part of our natural behavior as humans, everyone can benefit from TRE®. This shaking of the muscles increases the resiliency of the body because it causes deep relaxation that naturally reduces stress levels. It can release emotions ranging from mild upset to severe anxiety whether it is caused by work stress, excessive worry, conflict in relationships, physical stresses or traumas from accidents.

Whether you are a parent/spouse who would like more patience with your family, a victim of violence or accident, a soldier suffering with PTSD, an athlete, or simply a person who wants to become more resilient and just feel better about life, you can benefit from TRE®.

Donate To TRE

Please consider donating to TRE FOR ALL, Inc. to help continue to bring the benefits of TRE® to people around the world.

Donate Here

Featured Video

A video made by Paula Capocchi, a TRE® trainee from Chile (alongside TRE® Certification Trainer, Pedro Rojas of Colombia), under the sponsorship of ARAUCO, a Chilean enterprise, about a community affected by a tsunami and large fire.

Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises, As Mentioned in Oprah Magazine

Dr. David Berceli, creator of TRE®, was mentioned in the May 2019 issue of Oprah Magazine. O Life Coach Martha Beck spoke with Hurricane Harvey survivor Sara Cress about harnessing the transformative power of trauma.  She noted feeling a bit awkward at first but “about ten minutes in, I teared up and thought, Great, this is having an effect.” View the full article here.

Please write to Oprah Magazine and tell them you are glad to see TRE was mentioned as a useful tool for many trauma survivors by emailing (Image and article property of
Melanie Salmon, MD Psychiatrist UK RSA

Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises, TRE, is a route to healing that I have not experienced from any other modality. I have been a physician, a psychiatrist, and a Gestalt Specialist for 35 years. I am now teaching TRE to all my clients as a healing modality.

Melanie Salmon, MD Psychiatrist UK RSA
Robert Scaer MD, Author of the Body Bears the Burden: Trauma Dissociation and Disease

Helplessness is a universal state for people overwhelmed by traumatic stress. Gaining control of their symptoms, their body, and their life is an essential part of the healing process. TRE is a powerful tool to achieve this. I have personally used TRE and have taught them to friends and patients with remarkable results.

Robert Scaer MD, Author of the Body Bears the Burden: Trauma Dissociation and Disease
Carol Swanson, PhD

To have access to releasing trauma without having my clients having to relieve or re-experience trauma events is very exciting. TRE is the most rewarding work that I have become involved in working with clients.

Carol Swanson, PhD

Our Areas Of Focus

The TRE certification training programs ensure TRE is taught competently throughout the world.

Providing TRE's self-care technique and educational programs to those in need.

Continuing the support of controlled qualitative and quantitative TRE scientific research.