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.

(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, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

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

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$180/hr

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Véronique Livermore

Véronique Livermore

M.Ed, RP, CCC

343-558-5285

info@vlpsychotherapy.ca

Individual Therapy, Supervision, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: ACT informed, CBT, CBT informed, Humanistic, IFS informed, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: ADHD, Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Assertiveness, LGBTQIA2S+, Trauma

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$180 (HST Incl)/hr

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Tara Cohen

Tara Cohen

MSW, RSW

(613) 800-9906

tara@taracohenwellness.com

Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Age: 16

Approaches to Therapy: ACT informed, CBT informed, DBT informed, Humanistic, MBSR, Narrative, PET, Psychodynamic, Safe & Sound Protocol, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed

Specialties: Illness, Grief, Loss, Bereavement, Anxiety, Emotional Regulation

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$145/hr

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Susanne Reinhold

Susanne Reinhold

MSW, RSW

contact@susannereinhold.ca

Individual Therapy, Age: 18

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

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

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$170/hr

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SueEllen MacGowan

SueEllen MacGowan

RP, MACP, MBA, BA

sueellen.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 16

Approaches to Therapy: CBT informed, CI - Compassionate Inquiry, EMDR, IFS informed, Mindfulness, NARM, Safe & Sound Protocol, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Veterans, PTSD, ADHD

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$195 +HST/hr

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Sara Coyle

Sara Coyle

MSW, RSW

(289) 212-6294

saracoyle@therapyemail.com

Individual Therapy, Child Therapy, Family Therapy, Supervision, Age: 7

Approaches to Therapy: Dyadic Developmental, Sandtray, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Developmental Trauma, Adoption, Attachment

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$165/hr

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Samantha Memedoska

Samantha Memedoska

MA, RP

(613) 801-2103

samantha@counsellingcollective.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Age: 17

Approaches to Therapy: CBT, CBT informed, CPT, DBT informed, EMDR, Humanistic, IFS informed, Motivational Interviewing, NARM, PACT, Psychodynamic, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Trauma, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Stress, Substance Abuse

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$175+HST; $185 for couples/hr

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Ryan Douglas

Ryan Douglas

BA, MA, RP (Qualifying)

613-714-8322

info@yourlifeenriched.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: ACT informed, CBT informed, DBT informed, EFT Informed, Gottman method, Humanistic, IFS informed, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, Object Relations, Psychodynamic, SE/Sensorimotor, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Individual Therapy, Couple Therapy, Adults 18+

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$150 + HST/hr

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Rianne Van Berkom

Rianne Van Berkom

MA, RP, CCC

(343) 307-4424

riannevb@protonmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 16

Approaches to Therapy: ACT informed, CBT, CBT informed, DBT informed, Humanistic, IFS informed, MBCT, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

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

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$140+HST/hr

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Nereah Felix

Nereah Felix

R.P. (Qualifying), Ph.D. Student

(613) 858-8758

nfelix@catharsistherapy.ca

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Age: 16

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, ACT informed, CBT, CBT informed, DBT, DBT informed, EFT, Gottman method, IFS informed, Object Relations, Psychodynamic, Sandtray, Schema Therapy, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Self-Esteem, Personality Disorder, Relationships

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$185 (HST included)/hr

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Natasha Manwell

Natasha Manwell

MACP, RP (Qualifying)

(613) 604-4732

nat.m.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Child Therapy, Age: 7

Approaches to Therapy: CBT informed, EFT Informed, Humanistic, IFS informed, MBCT, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, Psychodynamic, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Self-esteem, Relationships, Stress

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$140/hr

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Natalie Séguin

Natalie Séguin

MA

(343) 312-5855

info@natalieseguin.ca

Individual Therapy, Age: 16

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT informed, CI - Compassionate Inquiry, DBT, EFT, Humanistic, IFS informed, MBCT informed, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Nutritional Therapy, Psychodynamic, Schema Therapy, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed, Yoga Therapy

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Trauma, Loneliness, Relationships

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$150/hr

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Marie-Lynne Sauvé

Marie-Lynne Sauvé

MA, RP, VMTR, CCC

(613) 889-3930

mlsauve.counselling@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: Expressive Arts, Humanistic, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Anxiety, depression, grief, childhood trauma, chronic illness, and existential issues.

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$160 (HST incl)/hr

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Marie Pierre Castonguay

Marie Pierre Castonguay

MSW, RSW

(613) 900-7733

mariepierrecounselling@gmail.com

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

Approaches to Therapy: ACT informed, CBT, CBT informed, DBT, DBT informed, EFT, Expressive Arts, Gottman method, IFS, Narrative, PACT, Psychodynamic, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

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

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$160/hr

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Kathleen Elliott

Kathleen Elliott

MA, RP (Qualifying)

(343) 882-3687

kathleen.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Age: 13

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, ACT informed, CBT informed, Gottman method, Humanistic, IFS informed, MBCT informed, Narrative, Psychodynamic, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Trauma, Anxiety, Dissociation, Interpersonal Relationships, Neuro-Diversity, Loss and Grief

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$155 (HST incl)/hr

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Julia Malette

Julia Malette

MA, RP

(343) 300-7720

julia.m.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: ACT informed, CBT informed, DBT informed, EFT Informed, EMDR, IFS, MBCT informed, NARM, PACT, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: EMDR, trauma, couples, sex therapy

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$170 (HST incl)/hr

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Jessica Ng

Jessica Ng

M.A., RP.

(343) 883-1372

jessicang.rp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Supervision, Age: 13

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT, CBT informed, CPS, DBT informed, EFT, EFT Informed, IFS informed, Object Relations, PACT, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Communication, Emotional regulation, Stress management, Anxiety, Depression, Relationship conflict

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$180 (HST incl); $324 for couples (90min)/hr

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Jesika Merino

Jesika Merino

M.Ed., RSW, Psychotherapist, SEP

(613) 501-8664

jesikamerinoc@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, ACT informed, CBT informed, DBT, DBT informed, EFT Informed, EMDR, Expressive Arts, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, PET, Psychodynamic, Sandtray, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Trauma, Adults, PTSD

Region:

$150 /hr

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Ines Yagi

Ines Yagi

Ph.D., RP, CAMFT Associate

(613) 699-1317

inesycounselling@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Supervision, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: CBT, CBT informed, DBT informed, EFT, EFT Informed, Gottman method, Humanistic, IFS, IFS informed, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, Object Relations, Psychodynamic, Safe & Sound Protocol, Schema Therapy, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Men issues, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, Existential Issues

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$175+HST (197.75)/hr

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Douglas Yam

Douglas Yam

RP

(437) 291-8321

OptimizeRelationship@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: ART, CBT informed, DBT informed, EFT, EMDR, Gottman method, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Anxiety, Self-worth/esteem, Trauma, Relationship with self, partner, family, and work colleagues, Performance

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$150 + HST/hr

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Chelsea Vyvey

Chelsea Vyvey

M.S.W, R.S.W

(343) 342-0210

chelseavyveycounselling@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 14

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, EFT, EMDR, Humanistic, IFS informed, Narrative, Psychodynamic, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Anxiety & Depression, Relationship Issues, Trauma, Nervous System Regulation, Emotional Regulation

Region:

$160/hr

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Charlotte Garvin

Charlotte Garvin

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

819-201-9945

charlotte.garvin4@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 12

Approaches to Therapy: ACT informed, CBT informed, EFT Informed, EMDR, IFS, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Coping skills, Grief, Interpersonal relationships, Self-esteem

Region:

$170 (HST incl)/hr

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Barbara Francis

Barbara Francis

B.Sc., MBA, MACP, RP (Qualifying)

(613) 604-4732

barbaraf.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 13

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, ACT informed, CBT, DBT informed, EFT Informed, EMDR, IFS informed, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, Schema Therapy, SE/Sensorimotor, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Trauma, Childhood Trauma, Attachment Issues, Relationship Difficulties, Emotional Reactivity, Grief, Phobias, and Anxiety.

Region:

$150/hr

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Aurela Vangjeli

Aurela Vangjeli

MSW, RSW, SEP

(365) 298-0239

info@embodiedbeingtherapy.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: ACT informed, CBT informed, DBT informed, EFT Informed, Humanistic, IFS informed, MBCT informed, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Traumatic Experiences, Sexual Abuse, Anxiety, Grief, Nervous System and Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Conflict

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$150/hr

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Anna Nyiri

Anna Nyiri

MA, RP, CCC

(613) 604-5165

info@therapywithanna.ca

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Supervision, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, ACT informed, CBT, CBT informed, EFT, EFT Informed, Humanistic, IFS informed, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, PACT, Psychodynamic, Schema Therapy, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

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

Region:

$175 (HST incl)/hr

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Andrea Stupak

Andrea Stupak

B.Ed., MACP, RP

613-699-0060

andrea.s.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 16

Approaches to Therapy: ACT informed, CBT informed, DBT informed, Humanistic, IFS informed, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, Psychodynamic, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

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

Region:

$150/hr

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Alicia Shameer

Alicia Shameer

RP

(613)699-3398

alicia.smpsychotherapy@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Age: 12

Approaches to Therapy: ART, CBT informed, CPT, DBT informed, EFT, Expressive Arts, Humanistic, IFS informed, MBCT, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, PACT, Psychodynamic, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

Specialties: Trauma and Abuse, Interpersonal Relationships, Anxiety and Addictions

Region:

$150 + HST for individual therapy, 160 + HST for couples therapy/hr

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Alanna Page

Alanna Page

MSW, RSW

343-558-7273

alannapagetherapy@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Age: 13

Approaches to Therapy: ACT informed, ART, CBT, CBT informed, CPS, DBT, DBT informed, EFT, EFT Informed, Expressive Arts, Gottman method, Humanistic, IFS informed, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, SE/Sensorimotor, Somatic Informed, Trauma Informed

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

Region:

$180/hr

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