Ezra Post, MSW, LCSW, SEP
Founder/Director, Trauma Specialist
Ezra is passionate and skilled at the work he does inside and outside the treatment space. He uses integrative healing techniques that address behavioral, cognitive, and physical aspects of life. He is founder and director of this group, the only group of its kind in the area. And he supervises graduate students in an advanced-level training program he developed. Ezra also runs a low-fee trauma clinic for people in need of low-cost care.
Ezra grew up in several small towns in the Northeast and Southern California. He got his Bachelors degree in Economics, with a minor in philosophy, from Guilford College, in Greensboro, North Carolina. During his tenure at Guilford, Ezra spent a semester in France, attending Sorbonne University. Toward the end of his undergraduate career, he became fascinated in the psychology and culture behind economic forces.
After graduating Guilford, Ezra worked in the helping profession in a variety of settings. At the Department of Children and Families, he assisted people in navigating governmental systems. With several private agencies, he assisted individuals and families to optimize daily functioning, and fulfill psychological goals. During this time, Ezra also journeyed back to France, where he studied mindfulness practices with Thich Nhat Hanh, a mentor of his. Ezra learned in a very deep way the healing potential of human connection, for individuals and communities.
Ezra returned to the states to Boston, Massachusetts, where he earned a Masters degree in clinical social work, from Simmons College School of Social Work. His degree holds a specialty for treating conditions associated with unresolved trauma and interpersonal violence. Ezra was also part of a special partner program with Harvard University studying the practical side of creating and running non-profit organizations.
After graduating Simmons, Ezra moved to Asheville where he established himself professionally. He began a 3-year intensive certification program in Somatic Experiencing©, a gentle, humanistic approach to resolving trauma. And he contracted his services to Our Voice, Western North Carolina’s oldest rape crisis prevention non-profit. There he developed programming for people who identify as male.
When Ezra is not working with the group, you might find him on a hike, making art, cycling, meditating, building… and studying texts on trauma healing. He will also be hard at work as board member and committee chair of Our Voice.
Ezra’s approach to his clinical work is done in the spirit of collaboration with the people whom he serves. Ezra and his clients create ways to work with trauma that feel manageable. His work tends to be very experiential and emotion-focused. Ezra finds this style and his use of Somatic Experiencing© and somatic attachment techniques to be very effective.