About Primal TrustTM

We are a nurturing community dedicated to empowering people to self-heal from conditions frequently deemed “incurable.” By mastering nervous system regulation and somatic healing, we unlock the door to profound wellness transformations. Join us in rediscovering your innate healing potential.
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The Primal TrustTM Vision

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I’ve been where you are, I can help lead you through

I’m an expert on chronic illness, chronic trauma, relationship/ attachment repair, and inner child healing. I’ve got the rare combination of in-depth doctoral-level education and training as a holistic, somatic physical therapist, and many years of coaching others in wellness and lifestyle education.

And, I have been through my own heroine’s journey of spending nearly 2 decades of my life navigating through deep, debilitating illness and finally found my way out!

Our mission is to help AWAKEN others to discover their true self essence – activating self-healing and inner freedom.

Our Journey

Embarking from a point of personal health adversity, this timeline charts the evolution from initial inspiration to the present day, where we’ve empowered over 10,000 members to self-heal. It’s a journey of discovery, uncovering the foundational causes of enduring chronic illness and guiding thousands toward transformation.


Founder Cathleen King, DPT graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree specializing in chronic pain and orthopedic issues, studied somatic therapies such as Feldenkrais, Hanna somatics, John Sarno’s methods, Ola Grisby Institute, etc.

She practiced clinically for several years as a chronic pain-orthopedic manual physical therapist in Portland, Oregon.

This prepared her for later taking a somatic-focused, brain-body approach to heal her own chronic illness later on.



Cathleen began experiencing chronic “mystery illness” symptoms, anxiety, and insomnia patterns which all began after foreign travel and parasite/mold exposure. 

Cathleen began trying to find answers, sought out healing techniques for mind-body symptoms, and explored multiple trauma healing therapies trying to restore her health while working as a physical therapist. She started having childhood trauma memories resurface affecting her daily quality of life.


Cathleen’s chronic mental and physical symptoms became so overbearing she could no longer work as a physical therapist as it was too taxing and she was now experiencing serious chronic fatigue and neurological symptoms.


2008 - 2017

Cathleen saw over 30 practitioners and spent every cent they had trying to find the root cause of chronic debilitating symptoms and trauma patterns. 

She piled up diagnoses ranging from CPTSD, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and multiple co-infections, Mold Toxicity, POTS, Thyroid Issues, Insomnia, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, Digestive Issues/Parasite Infections, Chronic Viral Infections, Adrenal Fatigue/Hormone Imbalances, MCAS and more. She was unable to work and hardly able to perform simple household tasks or care for her young children.


Cathleen’s dark night of the soul caused her to give up on believing a practitioner could help her as she was intolerant to most treatments and hypersensitive to foods, supplements, and even energetic medicine. This surrendering phase caused her to look inward at what else could she do on her own to shift her own biology.

She had the epiphany that optimizing brain function is the most direct way to regulate the immune and detoxification response and that she could self-heal, just like her patients used to with chronic pain. She began using her background of brain-based functional neurology-type practices she used as a physical therapist and had the first signs of significant symptom changes. She then started to get more training in brain-based approaches such as Psych-K facilitator, took courses on memory reconsolidation practices, breathwork, multiple self-directed neuroplasticity programs, and advanced her Hanna somatics training.

Realizing now that the brain and nervous system had a much bigger impact on chronic infection and toxicity issues, she extrapolated the common principles she found amongst different practices and created her first version of the now popular “ABC Dimensional Shift© brain retraining process” and combined it with bottom-up practices. She began to self-heal!



Cathleen began coaching others individually with unresolved chronic symptoms on how to retrain their brain and nervous system to self-regulate.

Further insight and wisdom on self-healing was gained by working 1:1 with dozens of clients that year, discovering what worked (and what didn’t), and she used that data to begin to formulate her own brain-body neural program.


Cathleen was a pioneer in the brain-body field by launching the first top-down brain retraining + bottom-up somatic and vagus nerve healing program titled “Creating Calm.”

She took over 1000 people through that program and learned more about proper sequencing of tools and discovered a missing component, which was the need for trauma processing/parts work to help people resolve deep wounding driving their chronic symptoms/stress response.



Launched the first level 2 Primal Trust Mentorship pilot program to incorporate trauma healing practices into her neuroplasticity work.

Now gathering even more data on the effectiveness of combining trauma healing practices and true self discovery work with traditional brain retraining and nervous system regulation practices. The results were phenomenal and led to the birth of the Primal Trust Community!


The Primal Trust Academy & Community Membership was born. Cathleen saw the need for a multilevel program to retrain the brain, rebalance the nervous system’s stress response, and integrate trauma wounding.

Cathleen felt that including all of her recorded courses and live group classes under one affordable monthly program, rather than high-ticket individual courses with expensive “upsells” for live time with Cathleen was a way to serve more people. In addition, a membership provides a “we do this together” feeling that is so key for optimal healing of chronic illness and trauma.

Our focus on community is what really set Primal Trust apart from the traditional programs and ignited a self-healing movement across the globe.



Level 1 Regulate was launched—a revolutionary brain-body neural retraining program that is quickly becoming the number one recommended program by leading practitioners who treat Lyme Disease, Mold Illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Long-Haul Covid, MCAS, and more.


Bringing over 8000 people at the end of 2023 through the Primal TrustTM process since 2021, we have data showing exceptional outcomes!

View Results and Data here.



Additional live supportive classes and resources are offered at no additional cost to the community to further aid the speed of recovery for our community members. We now offer daily live support co-taught by Cathleen King and graduates of the Primal TrustTM program.

We became featured on multiple summits, podcasts, and workshops across the globe as doctors and health practitioners found out about us and witnessed firsthand the improved rate of healing in their patients. Cathleen was even featured in the documentary “The Inside Effects” as one of the expert thought leaders in mind-body healing approaches.

View Doctor’s Praises here


Upcoming new programs such as a Live in-person retreat at the world renowned Omega Institute in New York.
The release of my book “How Healing Happens,” a 127-page guide on self healing to help the world understand the science behind brain-body neural retraining for chronic illness with tools to get started and much more!
Primal TrustTM Level 1 in Spanish was released early 2024, making the program accessible to more of the world!

Our graduates now help serve new members in their journey— our community has thousands all over the world!




Primal TrustTM has expanded beyond being simply a program and has become a movement and a paradigm shift, igniting self-healing across the globe as people reclaim their inner superpowers to self-regulate their own biology and reconnect with their true nature.


Primal TrustTM Team 2024


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Dr. Cathleen King, DPT - CEO, Founder

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Kenya Wilkinson - Community and General Operations

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Kahli Toy - Technical Operations and Affiliates

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Louise Pigott - Marketing and Creative Content

Primal TrustTM Mentors

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Niki D'Agostino

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Christy Delany-Richardson

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Laura Rasines

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Steve Connolly

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Aaron King

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Janet B.

Forum and Administrative Support

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Primal TrustTM Ambassadors

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Lisa Dominy

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Anna Shyfrina

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Tomo Tillery

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Marla Hall

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Cheryl LeValley

Primal TrustTM Teachers (current):

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Dr.Cathleen King

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Christy Delany-Richardson

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Kristin Oberdorf

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Niki D'Agostino

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Jonatan Bogran

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Janet B

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Aaron King

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Laura Rasines

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Jennifer Axinn-Weiss 

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Dorothy Tannahill-Moran

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Tammy Metz

Primal TrustTM Brain-Body Neural Reset Teachers:

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Anna Shyfrina

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Cory Parker

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Janet B

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Our Happy Members

What Primal TrustTM Members have to say about their experience.

This program has it all.

"I’ve done so many things over the years to heal myself and I’m finally happy and healthy now because of the program and I even slack a little lol. It works if you work it! What you put in you get out. There’s a lot of information and tools. Best money I’ve spent in my entire healing journey."
Dar S.
"I have had so many great experiences and amazing successes with Primal TrustTM since I found it 4 months ago, I couldn’t possibly tell you all of them!!! Dr. Cat and the Regulate Program have helped me immensely in every aspect of my life. Initially I joined because I have been struggling with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for over 10 years. Since joining only 4 months ago my energy has nearly fully returned, I no longer have crashes...most of the pain I used to feel has either disappeared or dissipated now... Primal TrustTM has renewed my love for my life..."
Jenny Naismith

Primal TrustTM is the best thing I have done for myself ever.

"It's given me tools to help navigate life, and to be compassionate with myself, to recognize the shame and fear I have; where it stems from and to regain a deep connection with myself. In turn this has strengthened my marriage, helping me understand resistance and trauma patterns that I have been holding and this has helped me become truly emotional available. I am calmer, happier and healthier. My symptoms of Lyme disease are almost non-existent now and my digestion has drastically improved! No more nausea!!!! I am so grateful to Dr.Cat, and this community for this experience and for creating a safe and supportive environment to do this extremely important self care work."
Caterina Salvatori
“I am a different person! Not only have I healed and sent "my“ /autoimmune condition (Hashimotos) into remission (no more symptoms or antibodies) but I am also hugely resilient, happy 95% of the time and no longer drown in trauma reactions from cPTSD. I am back working, travelling and meeting friends and challenging contact & situations alike… like meeting my mother for the first time in 2 years or even burying a loved one. I can handle everything and stay healthy and with tons of inner peace ❤️"
Catherine Fritz
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