Angela N. Gabriel, L.Ac., SEP

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Japanese Style Acupuncture

Matsumoto/Nagano Acupuncture

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) in training (completion in 2023)

Angela Gabriel joined the GW Center for Integrative Medicine team in 2010. As a young scientist Angela became interested in Chinese medicine after being successfully treated for her own health issues. Angela holds a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Moscow University and a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from New York College for Health Professions. She is a NCCOAM Board Certified Diplomat of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and a licensed acupuncturist in Washington, D.C. In addition, Angela holds certificates in Chinese Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy in Chinese Medicine. Her previous work experience includes participation in clinical research on acupuncture at Columbia University and running private practices in New York City and Washington, D.C.  Angela has studied Chinese medicine with Jeffrey Yuen, Kiiko Matsumoto, Peter Yates, Junji Mizutani, Whitefield Reaves, and many others.

Angela brings her expertise in Japanese-style acupuncture to GWCIM. Japanese-style acupuncture places great emphasis on gentle and painless needling, and suits people with chronic pain and fatigue, seniors, children, and those who are sensitive to needles.  She incorporates traditional techniques as cupping, moxibustion, gua-sha, herbal remedies, aromatherapy, dietary consultation into her sessions, as well as Somatic Experiencing®.  Depending on patients’ needs, some sessions are mostly focused on Somatic Experiencing.

Angela started her Somatic Experiencing® Training in 2017 and expects to be fully certified in early 2023.  Angela is interested in combining acupuncture, therapeutic touch and psychology to heal trauma, stress disorders and mental disorders such as PTSD, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Chronic conditions such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, immune disorders, metabolic and gastrointestinal disorders can be aggravated by prolonged stress.  Addressing trauma physiology and teaching autonomic nervous system to self-regulate usually can provide valuable addition to medical treatment of chronic health issues.

Angela believes that her patients receive the best care at GW CIM, where all specialists work as a team to coordinate their expertise. Her education in both Western biomedicine and Eastern traditional medicine helps her to walk the path of integrative medicine.


“How often do you get lucky on the first try? This time I did. I was really skeptical about trying acupuncture, but felt I had exhausted all traditional options to solve the mystery of what was going on with my pain-struck knees. Out of desperation and as a last resort, I thought I’d give it a try. I stumbled upon Angela Gabriel, and she turned out to be a remarkable and life-changing gift. She’s so very caring, tremendously thorough, technically competent and offers comprehensive solutions to life’s many physical challenges. She doesn’t just focus on your problem, she focuses on you.”    Shelly Davis,  Washington, D.C.

More about SE

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a form of therapy that focuses on helping individuals resolve the physical and emotional effects of stress and trauma. It was developed by Peter Levine, a doctor of psychology and pioneer in the field of trauma treatment. SE is based on the idea that trauma is stored in the body as “unresolved stress,” and that by bringing awareness to and releasing this stored energy, individuals can heal from trauma and other stress-related conditions.

SE sessions typically involve the therapist helping the client to tune into their body’s sensations and feelings in a non-judgmental way, and to gradually process and release the stored energy associated with past traumatic events. The therapist may also use techniques such as gentle movement and touch to help the client stay grounded and present in the body.

SE has been found to be effective in the treatment of a variety of conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. It is often used in combination with other forms of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).