Somatic Experiencing

Each of our therapists brings a different set of skills and approaches to therapy. We integrate the approaches and use what is best suited for each person.

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-centered approach to healing symptoms of stress and trauma. SE is the life’s work of Dr. Peter Levine, combining his insights from stress physiology, psychology, biology, indigenous healing practices and neuroscience.

Somatic Experiencing (SE) as a bottom-up approach to healing, in contrast to top-down approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

How does Somatic Experiencing work and how can it help?

The main premise of a body centered modality like SE is that traumatic stress is stored within the body and that our bodies, equipped with the autonomous nervous system, possess an innate ability to regulate and heal.

Our bodies hold on to uncompleted trauma responses which can manifest as chronic pain, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, short attention spans, anger outbursts, addictions, feeling numb or “not like ourselves”, and so on. The underlying cause of those symptoms is a dysregulated, “traumatized” nervous system which is literally stuck in fight, flight, freeze responses.

Healing can take place as the nervous system begins to organize the chaos and to restore balance, in short: to regulate.

A more regulated nervous system enhances our resilience and increases our ability to be fully present and to be actively engaged in our lives and relationships.

Question a therapist using the SE approach might ask you are: “As you talk about this, what are you noticing in your body?” and/or “Can you stay with that sensation?” and/or “As you notice this sensation, what happens next?”

There is current research on the application of SE in the treatment of PTSD, back pain and depression/somatization. SE can be an effective therapeutic approach to address any of the many reasons a person might seek therapy. It can be applied in individual as well as couple sessions.

You can read more out more about Somatic Experiencing on https://somaticexperiencing.com/ and https://traumahealing.org/about-us/#about

We welcome you to call or email us to ask more questions or to book an initial appointment with one of our therapists who practice SE.

Therapists Providing Somatic Experiencing Therapy

Yoshie Martinez

Yoshie Martinez

M.Ed., R.P., C.C.C., SEP.

Independent Associate

(613) 263-2344

yoshie.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Supervision, Age: 8

Approaches to Therapy: EMDR, IFS, PACT, Sandtray, SE/Sensorimotor

Specialties: Trauma, Youth, Couples, Infidelity, Self-Harm, LGBTQ

Region: Nepean

$180 (HST incl)/hr

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Véronique Livermore

Véronique Livermore

M.Ed, RP, CCC

Independent Associate

343-558-5285

info@vlpsychotherapy.ca

Individual Therapy, Supervision, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT, Humanistic, SE/Sensorimotor

Specialties: Anxiety, Relationships, Assertiveness, Self-Compassion, Eco-Anxiety, Trauma

Region: Barrhaven, Virtual

$170/hr

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Susanne Reinhold

Susanne Reinhold

MSW, RSW

hallo@susanne-reinhold-therapie.de

Individual Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: Humanistic, Safe & Sound Protocol, SE/Sensorimotor

Specialties: Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Nervous System Regulation, Somatic Therapy

Region: Virtual

$160/hr

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Rianne Van Berkom

Rianne Van Berkom

MA, RP, CCC

Independent Associate

(343) 307-4424

riannevb@protonmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 16

Approaches to Therapy: CBT, Humanistic, IFS, MBCT, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, SE/Sensorimotor

Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Emotional Regulation, Self-Esteem, LGBTQIA

Region: Virtual

$140+HST/hr

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Marie Pierre Castonguay

Marie Pierre Castonguay

MSW, RSW

Independent Associate

(613) 900-7733

mariepierrecounselling@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Child Therapy, Couples Therapy, Age: 12

Approaches to Therapy: CBT, DBT, EFT, Expressive Arts, Gottman method, IFS, Narrative, PACT, Psychodynamic, SE/Sensorimotor

Specialties: Relationships, Life Transitions, Anxiety, Self-Compassion, Sexuality

Region: Orleans, Virtual

$150/hr

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Karin Dudli

Karin Dudli

MSW, RSW

Independent Associate

(613) 325-5238

karindudli.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, ART, Brainspotting, DBT, Humanistic, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, SE/Sensorimotor

Specialties: Trauma, OSI, Anxiety, Stress

Region: Nepean

$170/hr

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Jesika Merino

Jesika Merino

M.Ed., R.P., C.C.C.

Independent Associate

(613) 501-8664

jesikamerinoc@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, DBT, EMDR, Expressive Arts, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, PET, Psychodynamic, Sandtray, SE/Sensorimotor

Specialties: Trauma, Adults, PTSD

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$150 (HST incl)/hr

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Evelyn Plettenberg-Smith

Evelyn Plettenberg-Smith

MDVST, MSW, RSW, SEP

Independent Associate

(613) 801-2663

evelynps.rsw@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: Psychodynamic, SE/Sensorimotor

Specialties: Trauma, addiction, intergenerational trauma, anxiety, depression

Region: Virtual

$150/hr

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Anna Nyiri

Anna Nyiri

MA, RP, CCC

Independent Associate

(613) 604-5165

info@therapywithanna.ca

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Supervision, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT, EFT, Humanistic, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, PACT, Psychodynamic, Schema Therapy, SE/Sensorimotor

Specialties: trauma, grief, anxiety, and perinatal mental health

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$175 (HST incl)/hr

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Andrea Stupak

Andrea Stupak

B.Ed., MACP, RP(Q)

Independent Associate

(613) 604-4732

andrea.s.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 10

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT, Humanistic, IFS, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, SE/Sensorimotor

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Self-Compassion, Emotional Awareness & Regulation.

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$150/hr

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Alanna Beitner

Alanna Beitner

MSW, RSW

343-558-7273

alannabeitnertherapy@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Age: 13

Approaches to Therapy: ART, CBT, DBT, EFT, Expressive Arts, Gottman method, Humanistic, IFS, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, SE/Sensorimotor

Specialties: trauma, anxiety, relationships, self-esteem, depression and neurodiversity

Region: Central, Virtual

$150/hr

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