Dr Camea Peca- Working with you to co-create the truest, most beautiful life and relationships you can imagine. Dr Peca marries cutting edge neuroscience with the body and attachment to support you from growing from the inside out.
Dr. Peca has spent over 18 years working with Adults, Children, and Families in a vast range of settings both locally and abroad.
After completing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at ASU, Camea spent 10 years abroad studying and working. During this time, she completed an MSc in Psychoanalytic Development Psychology at the Anna Freud Center/University College London including a dissertation in Sensory Integration Therapy and Tactile and Vestibular Processing Disorder. During this training, Camea was trained by leaders in attachment and infant development including Dr. Peter Fonagy and Mary Target.
She later completed a Graduate Diploma in the Application of Arts in Therapy and Education and an additional Graduate Diploma in Child Counselling using the Expressive Arts at the Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education London. Camea also completed 2 years and an internship for an MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy before taking time off to have her first child. As a part of this experiential training Camea had the chance to work with the Child Center for Mental Health and participating in specialty training with leaders in the expressive arts as well as Sir Richard Bowlby, Dr. Dan Hughes, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Bruce Perry, and many others. She completed clinical training and supervision in the Expressive Arts with Dr. Margot Sunderland and the Helping Where It Hurts program which puts expressive arts therapists in inner-city London schools. Camea is trained in the use of all 7 Expressive Arts modalities and has completed her own experiential work in each modality.
Camea has completed her Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis on Cognition and Instruction, which included a qualitative research study that explored the correlational relationship between Interoceptive Awareness, Parental Attachment, and Parenting Stress in foster parents who care for children that are survivors of sexual abuse.
Professionally Camea has worked in a variety of settings including adolescent shelters, outpatient adult mental health, inpatient psychiatric units, schools, and specialty projects targeting physical and sexualized trauma. Additionally, she has a led a specialty project and professional steering group for Young Carers in inner city London, served as the Child Development Specialist and Lead trainer for Baby Sensory in the USA, she has also developed and led Executive Functioning training for Executive Functioning coaches in the Valley.
For over five years Camea worked as a Trauma Specialist in a local specialty service targeting children and families that have survived sexual abuse whilst building her private practice. She is a survivor of domestic violence and well as a “trauma mama” to her own children that have also experienced trauma.
Dr Peca specializes in work with very young children and their families and has extensive experience with early developmental trauma, and attachment-based therapy using the expressive arts, somatic and sensory based modalities. She also has used the body, play and the arts to develop a unique approach to the development of Executive Function and Self-Regulation.
Dr Peca has also has over 20 years experience working with neurodiverse children and adults and is inclusive in her approach and open to all diversity, orientations, and quirks! She welcomes all of the person to the session and creates a safe space where clients can be themselves.
As a Trauma & Resilience Coach and Growth Guide she has supported hundreds of adults seeking to heal trauma from the inside out. She specializes in body-based self-regulation, nutrition and holistic healing. She is a foodie who uses food to heal!
Dr Peca trains and mentors behalf of Arizona Trauma Institute to train Trauma and Resilience Life Coaches and supports organizations to become certified in Trauma Informed Care. She uses her eclectic and wide range of international training and clinical experience to deliver dynamic and experiential training exclusively for Arizona Trauma Institute. She also provides individual/professional consultation for professionals wanting to expand their skill set and practice.
Dr. Peca is a Certified Trauma Specialist, Trauma and Resilience Life Coach, and is also a certified Trauma Instructor for individuals, families, and organizations. Dr. Peca is also a member of the American Psychological Association.