Somatic Therapists in Calgary, AB

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Emily Gauthier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RCSW
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2M
I am Emily. I am a mental health therapist specializing in trauma, attachment, grief & loss, and child development. I provide individual and relationship focused psychological services with children, youth & adults. My clinical work with kiddos includes a fun and inviting space to promote creative expression, emotional awareness, self regulation/co-regulation, mindfulness, healing and growth. I enjoy working with caregivers in parent counselling to help strengthen responsive parenting approaches, along with integrating somatic psychotherapy practices focused on stress management and strengthening parent capacity and confidence.
I am Emily. I am a mental health therapist specializing in trauma, attachment, grief & loss, and child development. I provide individual and relationship focused psychological services with children, youth & adults. My clinical work with kiddos includes a fun and inviting space to promote creative expression, emotional awareness, self regulation/co-regulation, mindfulness, healing and growth. I enjoy working with caregivers in parent counselling to help strengthen responsive parenting approaches, along with integrating somatic psychotherapy practices focused on stress management and strengthening parent capacity and confidence.
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Serena Shokar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2A
I use an integrative approach including somatic/body based therapies (Mindfulness, and Yoga Therapy), Narrative Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, & Play Based Interventions.
Hi & Welcome. My name is Serena Shokar (she/her), I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW). I am the founder of Five Rivers Counselling and Wellness Services. My practice is rooted in developing meaningful connections with my clients and co-creating a safe therapeutic space. Furthermore, I enter our time together with humility, care, and compassion. I believe that everyone deserves a personalized approach to therapy. My role is to understand who you are and your story.
I use an integrative approach including somatic/body based therapies (Mindfulness, and Yoga Therapy), Narrative Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, & Play Based Interventions.
Hi & Welcome. My name is Serena Shokar (she/her), I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW). I am the founder of Five Rivers Counselling and Wellness Services. My practice is rooted in developing meaningful connections with my clients and co-creating a safe therapeutic space. Furthermore, I enter our time together with humility, care, and compassion. I believe that everyone deserves a personalized approach to therapy. My role is to understand who you are and your story.
(587) 206-7089 View (587) 206-7089
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Tanner Murtagh
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2H
When working with clients I utilize the following therapy approaches: Polyvagal Theory, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Somatic Experiencing (beginner level), Mindful Self-Compassion, Pain Reprocessing Therapy, and Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy.
In my practice, I specialize in treating trauma, anxiety, chronic pain, and chronic symptoms. I focus on using mind-body approaches to support people in regulating their nervous system, approaching their emotions with a sense of safety, becoming embodied, and living life with passion. Many mental and physical health concerns are due to a dysregulated nervous system, so to heal we need to build a relationship with our nervous system using top-down and bottom-up approaches to self-regulate.
When working with clients I utilize the following therapy approaches: Polyvagal Theory, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Somatic Experiencing (beginner level), Mindful Self-Compassion, Pain Reprocessing Therapy, and Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy.
In my practice, I specialize in treating trauma, anxiety, chronic pain, and chronic symptoms. I focus on using mind-body approaches to support people in regulating their nervous system, approaching their emotions with a sense of safety, becoming embodied, and living life with passion. Many mental and physical health concerns are due to a dysregulated nervous system, so to heal we need to build a relationship with our nervous system using top-down and bottom-up approaches to self-regulate.
(587) 813-0134 View (587) 813-0134
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Hala Kaiss
Psychologist, MC, R, Psych
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3H
I primarily utilize cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR, ACT, Prolonged-Exposure Therapy & mindfulness & somatic-based interventions, in my practice.
I am a Registered Psychologist offering in-person services in Calgary & virtual services throughout AB. I have experience working with Adults through a number of issues including trauma, anxiety, depression, boundaries, self-esteem, emotional regulation, childhood abuse/sexual assault, healthy sexuality, and self-awareness/identity. I specialize in working with adults who have experienced trauma in their life. Trauma can look different for each and every person; what may be traumatizing for one, may not be for another. You define what it means for you, & together, we can work towards lessening the impact of these events.
I primarily utilize cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR, ACT, Prolonged-Exposure Therapy & mindfulness & somatic-based interventions, in my practice.
I am a Registered Psychologist offering in-person services in Calgary & virtual services throughout AB. I have experience working with Adults through a number of issues including trauma, anxiety, depression, boundaries, self-esteem, emotional regulation, childhood abuse/sexual assault, healthy sexuality, and self-awareness/identity. I specialize in working with adults who have experienced trauma in their life. Trauma can look different for each and every person; what may be traumatizing for one, may not be for another. You define what it means for you, & together, we can work towards lessening the impact of these events.
(587) 578-0483 View (587) 578-0483
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Katie Hilchey
Psychologist, MA, R Psych
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T3H  (Online Only)
I primarily use a somatic internal family systems model.
Do you feel overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings? Are you stuck repeating old relationship patterns and feeling frustrated with your attempts to break these cycles? Does your inner voice drown you in self-criticism, and despite trying positive thinking you don't believe it deep down? You are not alone in these feelings and you can discover new ways to connect with yourself and others, heal your deepest wounds, and finally feel confident to manage your overwhelming mental chatter and emotional reactions. It is possible to achieve the inner peace you seek.
I primarily use a somatic internal family systems model.
Do you feel overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings? Are you stuck repeating old relationship patterns and feeling frustrated with your attempts to break these cycles? Does your inner voice drown you in self-criticism, and despite trying positive thinking you don't believe it deep down? You are not alone in these feelings and you can discover new ways to connect with yourself and others, heal your deepest wounds, and finally feel confident to manage your overwhelming mental chatter and emotional reactions. It is possible to achieve the inner peace you seek.
(587) 209-5032 View (587) 209-5032
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Michelle Ndlovu
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW, BSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3B
I have treated individuals with mild to severe symptoms of anxiety, depression, intercultural communication barriers, relationship issues, suicidal ideation, somatic system disorders i.
Life can be confusing and lonely at times. Are you currently struggling with your self-identify, self-worth or self-value? Are you in a toxic romantic relationship that is making you feel less worthy on a daily basis? Are you struggling with establishing healthy boundaries with your family, colleagues or loved ones? Well, you have found the right therapist. Therapy, is a process of self discovery and self realization. Are there patterns in your behaviour or thought processes making feel disconnected with those around you? Is your past trauma, or childhood getting into the way of your happiness?
I have treated individuals with mild to severe symptoms of anxiety, depression, intercultural communication barriers, relationship issues, suicidal ideation, somatic system disorders i.
Life can be confusing and lonely at times. Are you currently struggling with your self-identify, self-worth or self-value? Are you in a toxic romantic relationship that is making you feel less worthy on a daily basis? Are you struggling with establishing healthy boundaries with your family, colleagues or loved ones? Well, you have found the right therapist. Therapy, is a process of self discovery and self realization. Are there patterns in your behaviour or thought processes making feel disconnected with those around you? Is your past trauma, or childhood getting into the way of your happiness?
(587) 209-8315 View (587) 209-8315
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Madison Cruickshank
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2E  (Online Only)
I trust that every person is the expert of their own life and experiences. I hold the belief that everyone has what they need, within themselves, to heal, and I enjoy walking alongside to support folks in accessing these strengths and resources. I strive to establish trusting and collaborative relationships that create a safe space for exploration and growth. I work from a person-centered and trauma-informed lens, while integrating a variety of modalities including Internal Family Systems, ACT, DBT, somatic and mindfulness-based interventions.
I trust that every person is the expert of their own life and experiences. I hold the belief that everyone has what they need, within themselves, to heal, and I enjoy walking alongside to support folks in accessing these strengths and resources. I strive to establish trusting and collaborative relationships that create a safe space for exploration and growth. I work from a person-centered and trauma-informed lens, while integrating a variety of modalities including Internal Family Systems, ACT, DBT, somatic and mindfulness-based interventions.
(587) 871-8418 View (587) 871-8418
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Marie-Claire O'Dononghue
Counsellor, MC, CCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2T
Primarily in-person, I offer therapy through a SOMATIC and embodied lens.
As a qualifying Dance/Movement Therapist (ADTA), I work somatically with the body as a bridge to understanding emotions and internal processes, as well as using movement as an outlet for expression. Mindful (or 'bodyful') awareness is at the root of our work together. My goal is to assist you to find your most authentic self and find comfort in expressing from that place. I am a compassionate and embodied professional who works with adults, teens, and groups.
Primarily in-person, I offer therapy through a SOMATIC and embodied lens.
As a qualifying Dance/Movement Therapist (ADTA), I work somatically with the body as a bridge to understanding emotions and internal processes, as well as using movement as an outlet for expression. Mindful (or 'bodyful') awareness is at the root of our work together. My goal is to assist you to find your most authentic self and find comfort in expressing from that place. I am a compassionate and embodied professional who works with adults, teens, and groups.
(587) 858-3286 View (587) 858-3286
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Sharon Stopforth
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2X
From my own personal healing journey, it wasn't until I found a therapist that had some training in somatic psychotherapy (mind/body counselling) that I was able to start addressing the underlying early traumas that kept me repeating the same emotional patterns in my relationships.
Looking for more than just talk therapy? My ideal client is looking for therapy that goes deeper than talk therapy. I have worked for 25 years with clients recovering from anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, abuse, and codependence. Experience has shown me that using a mind/body approach to therapy is the most effective for healing from these issues. My belief is that our being is grounded in the body and that ignoring the body will have limited lasting success in the treatment of psychological issues.
From my own personal healing journey, it wasn't until I found a therapist that had some training in somatic psychotherapy (mind/body counselling) that I was able to start addressing the underlying early traumas that kept me repeating the same emotional patterns in my relationships.
Looking for more than just talk therapy? My ideal client is looking for therapy that goes deeper than talk therapy. I have worked for 25 years with clients recovering from anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, abuse, and codependence. Experience has shown me that using a mind/body approach to therapy is the most effective for healing from these issues. My belief is that our being is grounded in the body and that ignoring the body will have limited lasting success in the treatment of psychological issues.
(888) 489-0593 View (888) 489-0593
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Eva Stordy
Psychologist, MEd, RPsych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2H
I support people of many ages and can use art and play in my sessions, talk therapy and modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT) or Somatic techniques like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
With several different therapies and techniques in my toolbox, and a comfortable, secure office environment, my goal is to tailor my approach to your needs. My therapy style most often has a staged approach (a beginning, middle and an end). I rely on your feedback and measure our progress, to make sure there’s improvement and we're making the most of your time. I ensure clients leave my office feeling better and more resourced than when they first arrived. I work well with clients who are experiencing burnout, increased stress and anxiety responses, depressive symptoms, grief and loss, trauma, work challenges and life change.
I support people of many ages and can use art and play in my sessions, talk therapy and modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT) or Somatic techniques like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
With several different therapies and techniques in my toolbox, and a comfortable, secure office environment, my goal is to tailor my approach to your needs. My therapy style most often has a staged approach (a beginning, middle and an end). I rely on your feedback and measure our progress, to make sure there’s improvement and we're making the most of your time. I ensure clients leave my office feeling better and more resourced than when they first arrived. I work well with clients who are experiencing burnout, increased stress and anxiety responses, depressive symptoms, grief and loss, trauma, work challenges and life change.
(587) 713-8155 View (587) 713-8155
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Jessica Ferro
Psychologist, MC:AT, RPsych
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T3H  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My approach is founded in person-centered therapy, and I integrate acceptance & commitment therapy, internal family systems, somatic experiencing, psychoeducation, and feminism.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, stress, relationship issues, life/career transitions, low self-esteem, work/life imbalance, or trauma? Or are you seeking more fulfillment out of life? If so, I am here to help. I am a registered psychologist offering virtual counselling to adults (25+) in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon. Work with me from the comfort of your home, with your pets around, and without the added time and stress of travel.
My approach is founded in person-centered therapy, and I integrate acceptance & commitment therapy, internal family systems, somatic experiencing, psychoeducation, and feminism.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, stress, relationship issues, life/career transitions, low self-esteem, work/life imbalance, or trauma? Or are you seeking more fulfillment out of life? If so, I am here to help. I am a registered psychologist offering virtual counselling to adults (25+) in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon. Work with me from the comfort of your home, with your pets around, and without the added time and stress of travel.
(825) 435-0532 View (825) 435-0532
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Kendra Gall Cove Counselling
Psychologist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2T
I also appreciate and use somatic, experiential, and mindfulness techniques, and am qualified to use EMDR.
I work with adults facing life’s challenges. An area of specialty close to my heart is working with women who are pregnant or newly parenting.
I also appreciate and use somatic, experiential, and mindfulness techniques, and am qualified to use EMDR.
I work with adults facing life’s challenges. An area of specialty close to my heart is working with women who are pregnant or newly parenting.
(587) 415-0574 View (587) 415-0574
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Diandra Lewis
Psychologist, MOC, R, Psych
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2P
Key treatment approaches include emotion-focused, somatic, internal family systems, trauma-informed and cognitive behavioral therapies.
Are you experiencing low self-worth, stress, grief/loss, relationship difficulties, depression and/or anxiety? You've already taken a large and courageous step in the process of healing by reaching out to get support; I would be honoured to work with you. My hope is that you'll be able to achieve your goals while introducing more compassion into your life. I work with adult clients of all genders.
Key treatment approaches include emotion-focused, somatic, internal family systems, trauma-informed and cognitive behavioral therapies.
Are you experiencing low self-worth, stress, grief/loss, relationship difficulties, depression and/or anxiety? You've already taken a large and courageous step in the process of healing by reaching out to get support; I would be honoured to work with you. My hope is that you'll be able to achieve your goals while introducing more compassion into your life. I work with adult clients of all genders.
(587) 800-1659 View (587) 800-1659
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Mary Anne Schleinich
Counsellor, MPS, CCC, FOT
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T3A
Reaching out for help when you are in pain, or wanting to change and grow, is a natural and healthy thing to do. My background as an Occupational Therapist in Palliative Care set me on a healing path that includes the body's wisdom and the whole environment when taking the next steps. I provide somatic psychotherapy for individuals and couples, which adds a potent dimension to traditional talk therapy such as CBT. I create a safe place to allow greater exploration and the risk of change. FOT is the gentlest and most respectful approach to trauma that I know. It is ideal for improving inner and outer relationships.
Reaching out for help when you are in pain, or wanting to change and grow, is a natural and healthy thing to do. My background as an Occupational Therapist in Palliative Care set me on a healing path that includes the body's wisdom and the whole environment when taking the next steps. I provide somatic psychotherapy for individuals and couples, which adds a potent dimension to traditional talk therapy such as CBT. I create a safe place to allow greater exploration and the risk of change. FOT is the gentlest and most respectful approach to trauma that I know. It is ideal for improving inner and outer relationships.
(825) 250-3465 View (825) 250-3465
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Arin Clarke
Counsellor, BHSc, MCPAT, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3K  (Online Only)
Hey, I’m Arin! I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor with a dual Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and Art Therapy. This means I am trained to work with traditional talk therapy in combination with creative arts-based interventions. My approach is casual and authentic, and I find deep meaning in the work I do with my clients. I mostly work with somatic, arts-based and feminist philosophies in order to help you integrate and rediscover personal strength in the face of adversity.
Hey, I’m Arin! I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor with a dual Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and Art Therapy. This means I am trained to work with traditional talk therapy in combination with creative arts-based interventions. My approach is casual and authentic, and I find deep meaning in the work I do with my clients. I mostly work with somatic, arts-based and feminist philosophies in order to help you integrate and rediscover personal strength in the face of adversity.
(587) 742-1247 View (587) 742-1247
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Chelsea Laschenko
Psychologist, R Psyc, MA
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2Y  (Online Only)
Drawing from various theoretical orientations, including Somatic Experiencing, Emotion Focused Therapy, family of origin, and Cognitive-Behavioral, we will work collaboratively to develop and integrate a treatment approach tailored to your needs and goals.
I work Sundays and evenings as well as weekdays. I believe in the resilience of the human spirit and our ability to heal. I also know that we can get lost, and having someone support us as we navigate our path back to health can be life-changing. Therapy can be scary, and you may not be sure where to start. That is a shared experience, and together we will work to put the presenting problem into words and create a plan for our work. If you have made it this far in your search, you are looking for something. Even if you can not put it into words, I invite you to book a session.
Drawing from various theoretical orientations, including Somatic Experiencing, Emotion Focused Therapy, family of origin, and Cognitive-Behavioral, we will work collaboratively to develop and integrate a treatment approach tailored to your needs and goals.
I work Sundays and evenings as well as weekdays. I believe in the resilience of the human spirit and our ability to heal. I also know that we can get lost, and having someone support us as we navigate our path back to health can be life-changing. Therapy can be scary, and you may not be sure where to start. That is a shared experience, and together we will work to put the presenting problem into words and create a plan for our work. If you have made it this far in your search, you are looking for something. Even if you can not put it into words, I invite you to book a session.
(825) 797-0633 View (825) 797-0633
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Centre of the HeART Art & Somatic Therapy
Art Therapist, RCAT, RTC, CT, DKATI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2J
I offer a combination of Art Therapy and Counselling with a Mindful and Somatic approach to healing that has been proven to have lasting results.
Has anxiety and depression become amplified for you with issues from the past resurfacing? Maybe you have been to counselling before but would like to try a more holistic approach; one that will teach you the tools needed to overcome feelings of sadness, dread and uncertainty? Often times, experiences buried from childhood and the past resurface as adults which can greatly affect the way we feel and our sense of purpose in the world. It isn’t until things get so uncomfortable, that we feel the only option available is to make a change. This isn’t always easy but reaching out for support, is the first and most important step.
I offer a combination of Art Therapy and Counselling with a Mindful and Somatic approach to healing that has been proven to have lasting results.
Has anxiety and depression become amplified for you with issues from the past resurfacing? Maybe you have been to counselling before but would like to try a more holistic approach; one that will teach you the tools needed to overcome feelings of sadness, dread and uncertainty? Often times, experiences buried from childhood and the past resurface as adults which can greatly affect the way we feel and our sense of purpose in the world. It isn’t until things get so uncomfortable, that we feel the only option available is to make a change. This isn’t always easy but reaching out for support, is the first and most important step.
(587) 805-3184 View (587) 805-3184
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Natalka Lewis
Counsellor, MA, BA, CCC
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2T
Waitlist for new clients
In therapy, I use an integrated approach drawing from several models of therapy based on client needs including SFT, CBT, DBT, Narrative, ACT, Mindfulness, Somatic-based, Play-based and others.
I am currently on Maternity Leave and not accepting new clients. If you would like to be added to my waitlist, contact me indicating "waitlist" and I will reach out to you upon my return to office.
In therapy, I use an integrated approach drawing from several models of therapy based on client needs including SFT, CBT, DBT, Narrative, ACT, Mindfulness, Somatic-based, Play-based and others.
I am currently on Maternity Leave and not accepting new clients. If you would like to be added to my waitlist, contact me indicating "waitlist" and I will reach out to you upon my return to office.
(825) 250-3334 View (825) 250-3334
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Keira Shendaruk
MACP, BSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3B
My approach is integrative: involving somatic, mindfulness, and cognitive based practices.
You may be here because you are hurting, burdened by shame, feeling isolated, or are experiencing struggles in relationships. Maybe you are just trying to make sense of things and find your way forward. The fact that you're here tells me you have hope and that's where change begins. I'd like to offer to walk this path of change with you, with a presence of unconditional positive regard and a collaborative approach. I will strive to help you gain clarity and healing in your life and to experience growth. Areas I often work in are: trauma and abuse, relational issues, anxiety and stress, neurodiversity, grief, and spirituality.
My approach is integrative: involving somatic, mindfulness, and cognitive based practices.
You may be here because you are hurting, burdened by shame, feeling isolated, or are experiencing struggles in relationships. Maybe you are just trying to make sense of things and find your way forward. The fact that you're here tells me you have hope and that's where change begins. I'd like to offer to walk this path of change with you, with a presence of unconditional positive regard and a collaborative approach. I will strive to help you gain clarity and healing in your life and to experience growth. Areas I often work in are: trauma and abuse, relational issues, anxiety and stress, neurodiversity, grief, and spirituality.
(825) 250-3689 View (825) 250-3689
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Amy Jubb @ Risewell Psychology
Psychologist, MA, RPsych, CPsych, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2N
Waitlist for new clients
I am active in my own healing through embodiment and somatic therapy and it is my passion to share what I have learned with others.
Hello! I'm Amy, a dedicated therapist with a passion for guiding individuals on their journey to recovery from substance use, supporting those seeking embodiment, and assisting healthcare workers struggling with burnout and compassion fatigue. With a Master's in Counseling from the Betty Ford Hazelden Graduate School in Minnesota, I've spent the last decade working in various settings, including inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, schools, and private practices.
I am active in my own healing through embodiment and somatic therapy and it is my passion to share what I have learned with others.
Hello! I'm Amy, a dedicated therapist with a passion for guiding individuals on their journey to recovery from substance use, supporting those seeking embodiment, and assisting healthcare workers struggling with burnout and compassion fatigue. With a Master's in Counseling from the Betty Ford Hazelden Graduate School in Minnesota, I've spent the last decade working in various settings, including inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, schools, and private practices.
(587) 571-6811 View (587) 571-6811

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Somatic Counsellors

How does somatic therapy work?

Somatic therapy is a form of treatment that focuses on how the body and mind are interconnected. In this approach, physical symptoms are addressed because they may in fact signal emotional distress. Somatic therapists combine mindfulness, talk therapy, breathwork, yoga, dance, and physical manipulations of the body to help patients become more attuned to what their body is telling them.

Is EMDR a somatic therapy?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a form of somatic therapy, as it incorporates mental and physical principles. EMDR involves remembering a traumatic experience while allowing one’s eyes to track a side-to-side visual stimulus from a therapist. This lateral eye movement is believed to diminish the painful power of the memory so that it can be discussed with a therapist.

Is somatic therapy evidence-based?

Somatic therapy has been researched and studied, and some forms of somatic therapy are found to be effective in treating a wide range of conditions. Because somatic therapy encompasses many techniques, some, such as EMDR and meditation, have been studied more than others.

What is somatic trauma therapy?

Somatic trauma therapy is based on the idea that when people experience trauma, they can become stuck in the “freeze” part of a “fight, flight, or freeze” response. In this state, trauma can manifest itself both mentally and physically—through tension in the muscles, anxiety, and stress. Popular forms of somatic trauma therapy include EMDR, sensorimotor therapy, and somatic experiencing.