Somatic Therapists in Winnipeg, MB

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Erika Meadows
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Winnipeg, MB R3L
CBT, EMDR, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Emotion Focused Therapy, and more).
Whatever it is that’s bothering you, there’s no need to struggle alone. Whatever it is, it can help to talk about it. Sometimes we just need someone to really hear us. Sometimes we need to learn new skills to help us cope. Sometimes we need help figuring out how what has happened to us affects how we think, feel and behave. Sometimes we need help to heal from things we have done, or things that were done to us. You’re here because you think it might be time to talk to someone, too.
CBT, EMDR, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Emotion Focused Therapy, and more).
Whatever it is that’s bothering you, there’s no need to struggle alone. Whatever it is, it can help to talk about it. Sometimes we just need someone to really hear us. Sometimes we need to learn new skills to help us cope. Sometimes we need help figuring out how what has happened to us affects how we think, feel and behave. Sometimes we need help to heal from things we have done, or things that were done to us. You’re here because you think it might be time to talk to someone, too.
(204) 817-8882 View (204) 817-8882
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Douglas Hanson
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, CCC, CCRC
Verified Verified
Winnipeg, MB R3L  (Online Only)
I am a Certified EMDR Therapist and Approved EMDR Consultant. My psychotherapy practice focuses on the treatment of individuals who experience Complex PTSD, and Dissociation from adverse childhood experiences, and PTSD from adult trauma. My therapeutic approach incorporates EMDR, Somatic Psychology and CBT. Adjunctive therapies include Mindfulness Mediation.
I am a Certified EMDR Therapist and Approved EMDR Consultant. My psychotherapy practice focuses on the treatment of individuals who experience Complex PTSD, and Dissociation from adverse childhood experiences, and PTSD from adult trauma. My therapeutic approach incorporates EMDR, Somatic Psychology and CBT. Adjunctive therapies include Mindfulness Mediation.
(431) 244-1268 View (431) 244-1268
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Mary Berton
Registered Social Worker, BSc, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Winnipeg, MB R3N
As an eclectic practitioner, I can offer you individually tailored support from a variety of cognitive, dialectical, narrative, and somatic approaches.
Whether you’re seeking change or facing it unexpectedly, counseling can be an invaluable tool for your personal growth; And the right client-therapist relationship can help ease and accelerate that process. My approach is client-centered, non-judgmental, and affirming. Together, we can work towards your specific therapeutic goals in ways that feel right for you.
As an eclectic practitioner, I can offer you individually tailored support from a variety of cognitive, dialectical, narrative, and somatic approaches.
Whether you’re seeking change or facing it unexpectedly, counseling can be an invaluable tool for your personal growth; And the right client-therapist relationship can help ease and accelerate that process. My approach is client-centered, non-judgmental, and affirming. Together, we can work towards your specific therapeutic goals in ways that feel right for you.
(204) 818-0293 View (204) 818-0293
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Juanita Wilson
Registered Social Worker, MA, CCC, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Winnipeg, MB R2C
Waitlist for new clients
I combine an emphatic, supportive approach with evidence-based therapeutic interventions such as Brain Spotting, CBT, DBT, EMDR, IFS and Somatic Therapies (SE/SPI).
Finding a place of refuge to pursue healing takes great courage and tenacity. I am passionate about helping those who come from hard places to find hope and healing, including those with PTSD, anxiety, and attachment problems. I recognize each individual is unique; thus, my therapeutic approach is person-centred, collaborative, integrative, and trauma-informed. I draw on multiple therapeutic approaches to embrace the diversity of experience and arrive at a plan and style that is best suited for each client. I work with adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families.
I combine an emphatic, supportive approach with evidence-based therapeutic interventions such as Brain Spotting, CBT, DBT, EMDR, IFS and Somatic Therapies (SE/SPI).
Finding a place of refuge to pursue healing takes great courage and tenacity. I am passionate about helping those who come from hard places to find hope and healing, including those with PTSD, anxiety, and attachment problems. I recognize each individual is unique; thus, my therapeutic approach is person-centred, collaborative, integrative, and trauma-informed. I draw on multiple therapeutic approaches to embrace the diversity of experience and arrive at a plan and style that is best suited for each client. I work with adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families.
(204) 612-6869 View (204) 612-6869
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Christy Rostek (Nee Bell)
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Winnipeg, MB R3Y
I'm a trauma therapist (somatic) and clinical social worker with over 23 years of experience in the mental health and addictions field.
If you are struggling and want to get to the root of what you are feeling and what's driving your patterns, then you've come to the right place. I'll help you explore your underlying feelings so you are able to experience greater connection within yourself and live more wholeheartedly. I'll help you better understand your family history, your mental health, and your relationships, while learning the tools unique and helpful to YOU so you can thrive. I'm a BIPOC and 2STLGBQ+ ally and I believe in the inherent strength of each individual, while recognizing the impact of broader social inequities on health and mental health.
I'm a trauma therapist (somatic) and clinical social worker with over 23 years of experience in the mental health and addictions field.
If you are struggling and want to get to the root of what you are feeling and what's driving your patterns, then you've come to the right place. I'll help you explore your underlying feelings so you are able to experience greater connection within yourself and live more wholeheartedly. I'll help you better understand your family history, your mental health, and your relationships, while learning the tools unique and helpful to YOU so you can thrive. I'm a BIPOC and 2STLGBQ+ ally and I believe in the inherent strength of each individual, while recognizing the impact of broader social inequities on health and mental health.
(204) 500-1477 View (204) 500-1477
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Michelle Ham
Counsellor, MACP, CCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Winnipeg, MB R3M
My approach integrates insights from polyvagal theory, internal family systems, narrative therapy, EMDR, as well as somatic and mindfulness techniques to facilitate a process that honours the complexity of your nervous system and psyche.
Hello and welcome. My therapeutic approach embraces a holistic, integrative, and person-centred approach, ensuring you are always central in our collaborative journey. I am dedicated to fostering an inclusive and affirming environment, deeply valuing the wealth of diversity in its many forms. In my practice, I aim to cultivate a nonjudgmental and empathetic therapeutic connection, encouraging tailored paths to personal growth. My academic foundation includes a Bachelor’s in Human Ecology and a Master’s in Counselling Psychology, complemented by over a decade of experience in social work.
My approach integrates insights from polyvagal theory, internal family systems, narrative therapy, EMDR, as well as somatic and mindfulness techniques to facilitate a process that honours the complexity of your nervous system and psyche.
Hello and welcome. My therapeutic approach embraces a holistic, integrative, and person-centred approach, ensuring you are always central in our collaborative journey. I am dedicated to fostering an inclusive and affirming environment, deeply valuing the wealth of diversity in its many forms. In my practice, I aim to cultivate a nonjudgmental and empathetic therapeutic connection, encouraging tailored paths to personal growth. My academic foundation includes a Bachelor’s in Human Ecology and a Master’s in Counselling Psychology, complemented by over a decade of experience in social work.
(204) 400-2665 View (204) 400-2665
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Charlie Dilk
Counsellor, BA, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Winnipeg, MB R2H
I work with various approaches such as strenght-based, somatic experience and solution focused.
Being stuck can be an uncomfortable feeling. Life transitions can be difficult to surpass and sometimes, our big emotions can become out of hands. Therapy is about change and dealing with the discomforts. With you, I want to learn your definition of wellbeing and achieving your goals. It takes courage to start a healing journey and I believe in creating a collaborative, supportive and safe theraputic alliance with you. My hope is to assisst you in being your authentic self and overcoming obstacles with your inner strenghts.
I work with various approaches such as strenght-based, somatic experience and solution focused.
Being stuck can be an uncomfortable feeling. Life transitions can be difficult to surpass and sometimes, our big emotions can become out of hands. Therapy is about change and dealing with the discomforts. With you, I want to learn your definition of wellbeing and achieving your goals. It takes courage to start a healing journey and I believe in creating a collaborative, supportive and safe theraputic alliance with you. My hope is to assisst you in being your authentic self and overcoming obstacles with your inner strenghts.
(431) 533-0931 View (431) 533-0931
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Kathryn Niebuhr
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winnipeg, MB R3L  (Online Only)
I draw on EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and somatic approaches as tools for our time together but am always excited to start with where you're at.
Hello and welcome! It might be difficult to put into words what you’re looking for in therapy- that is a valid starting place, and one I’m personally familiar with. Maybe you feel like you’re meeting external expectations and are ‘getting things done’, but masking an internal experience that’s more complex, leaving you feeling exhausted, unseen, and stuck. Perhaps you struggle with serving the needs of others first and use unhelpful habits to cope with emotions and get through day-to-day. Things don’t have to reach a boiling point before you seek support or prioritize your well-being.
I draw on EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and somatic approaches as tools for our time together but am always excited to start with where you're at.
Hello and welcome! It might be difficult to put into words what you’re looking for in therapy- that is a valid starting place, and one I’m personally familiar with. Maybe you feel like you’re meeting external expectations and are ‘getting things done’, but masking an internal experience that’s more complex, leaving you feeling exhausted, unseen, and stuck. Perhaps you struggle with serving the needs of others first and use unhelpful habits to cope with emotions and get through day-to-day. Things don’t have to reach a boiling point before you seek support or prioritize your well-being.
(204) 808-1435 View (204) 808-1435
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Christina Chan
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, RPT-S
Verified Verified
Winnipeg, MB R2M
I have over 15 years of experience working with children and families. I specialized in using play therapy to help children enhance emotional regulation and self-esteem and help parents understand children's needs and explore their potential. I also practice in trauma-informed practice as a Trauma Recovery Model Practitioner and am trained in EMDR Therapy and Somatic Experiencing.
I have over 15 years of experience working with children and families. I specialized in using play therapy to help children enhance emotional regulation and self-esteem and help parents understand children's needs and explore their potential. I also practice in trauma-informed practice as a Trauma Recovery Model Practitioner and am trained in EMDR Therapy and Somatic Experiencing.
(204) 813-6711 View (204) 813-6711
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Brian Theriault
Counsellor, MEd, SEP, CSAT, CCC
Verified Verified
Winnipeg, MB R3G
I am a somatic experiencing practitioner (SEP), certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT) and trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
I am currently accepting new clients. Life can feel overwhelming at times. Sometimes we can feel so confused that we don't know what direction to take. I will walk along side you to meet those challenges and help you find the next step to heal and grow. I will support you in developing insights into your thoughts, feelings and inner experiences and how they influence you in your everyday life. I believe in the already existing wholeness we are as human beings and I will help you find your authentic self and to live a rich and fulfilling life.
I am a somatic experiencing practitioner (SEP), certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT) and trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
I am currently accepting new clients. Life can feel overwhelming at times. Sometimes we can feel so confused that we don't know what direction to take. I will walk along side you to meet those challenges and help you find the next step to heal and grow. I will support you in developing insights into your thoughts, feelings and inner experiences and how they influence you in your everyday life. I believe in the already existing wholeness we are as human beings and I will help you find your authentic self and to live a rich and fulfilling life.
(204) 813-9189 View (204) 813-9189
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Wendy Darlene Scheirich
MEd, CSSE, CSBW
Verified Verified
Winnipeg, MB R3C
I offer practical coaching and somatic exercise guidance to access sexual pleasure and healing in a sex-positive, safe and shame-free environment.
I am a sex and intimacy counsellor and educator. My approach is sex positive and practical. I provide guidance to improve the sex and intimate life for those single or coupled, of all genders and sexual orientations. My therapeutic approach involves mindfulness, relaxation (CBT), pleasure orientation and somatic awareness. I offer teachings that bring attention to choice and desire, that gives voice to clarity around needs and requests and that centres the requirement of true consent in the sex and intimacy realm. I am a certified Somatic Sex Educator with a masters degree in Educational Leadership, a former nurse and social worker.
I offer practical coaching and somatic exercise guidance to access sexual pleasure and healing in a sex-positive, safe and shame-free environment.
I am a sex and intimacy counsellor and educator. My approach is sex positive and practical. I provide guidance to improve the sex and intimate life for those single or coupled, of all genders and sexual orientations. My therapeutic approach involves mindfulness, relaxation (CBT), pleasure orientation and somatic awareness. I offer teachings that bring attention to choice and desire, that gives voice to clarity around needs and requests and that centres the requirement of true consent in the sex and intimacy realm. I am a certified Somatic Sex Educator with a masters degree in Educational Leadership, a former nurse and social worker.
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Hani Ataan .a.
Counsellor, RMFT, CCC, MA, BA, RCIC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Winnipeg, MB R2N  (Online Only)
I attend to somatic needs, pave the road to connect to the SELF.
Do you need to talk about untreated Trauma or unhealthy relationships? do you feel stressed out & confused? ? Not motivated? Feeling stuck? Frustrated? No life goals? Well, you are taking first step towards a positive change by being here. Let us work together towards realistic and positive change in your life. Everyone deserves to live a healthy lifestyle equipped with skills to manage stress, anxiety, conflict, and hard life circumstances. To live a healthy lifestyle, we need life purpose & obtainable goals. With realistic & practical treatment plan, I can work with you to create personal goals that lead to a better lifestyle
I attend to somatic needs, pave the road to connect to the SELF.
Do you need to talk about untreated Trauma or unhealthy relationships? do you feel stressed out & confused? ? Not motivated? Feeling stuck? Frustrated? No life goals? Well, you are taking first step towards a positive change by being here. Let us work together towards realistic and positive change in your life. Everyone deserves to live a healthy lifestyle equipped with skills to manage stress, anxiety, conflict, and hard life circumstances. To live a healthy lifestyle, we need life purpose & obtainable goals. With realistic & practical treatment plan, I can work with you to create personal goals that lead to a better lifestyle
(431) 301-4650 View (431) 301-4650
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Danielle McLarty
Counsellor, BA Hons, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winnipeg, MB R3P  (Online Only)
With over a decade of experience in research, private, and community settings, I am able to offer diverse approaches in multiple modalities including CBT, mindfulness based therapy, somatic experiencing, and supportive psychotherapy.
Welcome, and thank-you for taking the time to navigate the challenging realm of finding a therapist who is right for you. I recognize that every person is different, with varying goals, comfort level, and history. My aim is to provide a space where you feel safe to explore your mental health and well-being in a way that feels tailored to your individual needs and desires. I strive to empower individuals to live in a way that reflects their values, and create a stronger sense of joy in everyday life.
With over a decade of experience in research, private, and community settings, I am able to offer diverse approaches in multiple modalities including CBT, mindfulness based therapy, somatic experiencing, and supportive psychotherapy.
Welcome, and thank-you for taking the time to navigate the challenging realm of finding a therapist who is right for you. I recognize that every person is different, with varying goals, comfort level, and history. My aim is to provide a space where you feel safe to explore your mental health and well-being in a way that feels tailored to your individual needs and desires. I strive to empower individuals to live in a way that reflects their values, and create a stronger sense of joy in everyday life.
(204) 818-4425 View (204) 818-4425
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Mark Johnson-Russell
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MMFT
Verified Verified
Winnipeg, MB R3L
Experienced registered therapist and Somatic Experience Practitioner in Training interested in assisting men and women who struggle with anxiety, depression, fears, numbness, isolation and trauma.
Experienced registered therapist and Somatic Experience Practitioner in Training interested in assisting men and women who struggle with anxiety, depression, fears, numbness, isolation and trauma.
(431) 804-4772 View (431) 804-4772
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Brittany Joy Krahn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Winnipeg, MB R3C  (Online Only)
I’m so glad you’re looking to take good care of yourself and reach for support. Whether you’re wanting to establish better self-care habits, processing childhood trauma, cope with ADHD, depression or anxiety, or explore aspects of your identity, I'm in your corner. Taking a narrative therapy approach with an anti-oppressive lens, I utilize somatic and mindfulness interventions integrated with a cognitive behavioral mindfulness (CBTm) framework. I’m here to support you in owning your story and living well today.
I’m so glad you’re looking to take good care of yourself and reach for support. Whether you’re wanting to establish better self-care habits, processing childhood trauma, cope with ADHD, depression or anxiety, or explore aspects of your identity, I'm in your corner. Taking a narrative therapy approach with an anti-oppressive lens, I utilize somatic and mindfulness interventions integrated with a cognitive behavioral mindfulness (CBTm) framework. I’m here to support you in owning your story and living well today.
(204) 818-5540 View (204) 818-5540
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Ashley Olynick
Counsellor, MACP, CCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Winnipeg, MB R3L  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I also often use somatic experiencing and mindfulness in my practice.
Life is really hard, right? I'd love to help you through it. I am passionate about being a therapist and walking with my clients through the things they struggle with. I have a lot of experience working with clients who have experienced trauma, self-harm, suicidality, abuse, parenting challenges, and PTSD. I am queer friendly and have experience in religious trauma, as well. As a parent myself, I love to offer support to other parents and caregivers of children of all ages.
I also often use somatic experiencing and mindfulness in my practice.
Life is really hard, right? I'd love to help you through it. I am passionate about being a therapist and walking with my clients through the things they struggle with. I have a lot of experience working with clients who have experienced trauma, self-harm, suicidality, abuse, parenting challenges, and PTSD. I am queer friendly and have experience in religious trauma, as well. As a parent myself, I love to offer support to other parents and caregivers of children of all ages.
(431) 804-5527 View (431) 804-5527
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Dr. Tracie Parkinson
Psychological Associate, PhD
Verified Verified
Winnipeg, MB R3M
Waitlist for new clients
You might expect mindfulness, emotion processing/regulation (EFT/DBT), trauma processing (EMDR), acceptance (ACT), compassion, attachment (psychodynamic), and somatic-based approaches.
In my private practice work, I am a Clinical Associate at Prairie Psychology working under the supervision of Dr. Darek Dawda (Ph.D., C.Psych.). I offer empathic, collaborative care for individuals and couples. I have extensive experience working with trauma (childhood, adulthood, intergenerational), relationships, attachment, gender issues, identity, life transitions, depression, anxiety, stress, and emotional regulation. I believe strongly in cultural humility, and incorporate each person's unique history. Together, we may establish goals and work towards balance in a safe, respectful, compassionate, and authentic environment.
You might expect mindfulness, emotion processing/regulation (EFT/DBT), trauma processing (EMDR), acceptance (ACT), compassion, attachment (psychodynamic), and somatic-based approaches.
In my private practice work, I am a Clinical Associate at Prairie Psychology working under the supervision of Dr. Darek Dawda (Ph.D., C.Psych.). I offer empathic, collaborative care for individuals and couples. I have extensive experience working with trauma (childhood, adulthood, intergenerational), relationships, attachment, gender issues, identity, life transitions, depression, anxiety, stress, and emotional regulation. I believe strongly in cultural humility, and incorporate each person's unique history. Together, we may establish goals and work towards balance in a safe, respectful, compassionate, and authentic environment.
(204) 813-6994 View (204) 813-6994
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Metamorphose Counselling and Consultation Ltd.
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winnipeg, MB R2M  (Online Only)
Tricia works mainly from a Bowen Family System framework and uses techniques from a Somatic, CBT, Narrative and Gottman methods.
Tricia has extensive experience counselling individuals and families and is skilled in treating: Trauma, Anxiety, Transitional/Career and Relational issues. She works with emerging adults that are dealing with life transitions, needing to explore the past, to uncover patterns that prevent them from living their best life. She also works with couples and families that are going through a separation or divorce, infidelity and need to coordinate parenting a child. She also works with individuals who are looking to make significant relational step, moving in with a partner, getting engaged, or premarital counselling.
Tricia works mainly from a Bowen Family System framework and uses techniques from a Somatic, CBT, Narrative and Gottman methods.
Tricia has extensive experience counselling individuals and families and is skilled in treating: Trauma, Anxiety, Transitional/Career and Relational issues. She works with emerging adults that are dealing with life transitions, needing to explore the past, to uncover patterns that prevent them from living their best life. She also works with couples and families that are going through a separation or divorce, infidelity and need to coordinate parenting a child. She also works with individuals who are looking to make significant relational step, moving in with a partner, getting engaged, or premarital counselling.
(778) 764-2399 View (778) 764-2399
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Nan Campbell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MMFT, BEd, BAhons
Verified Verified
Winnipeg, MB R3M
Individual & Relational Therapy: I work using an integrative approach: Mindfulness; Narrative; Compassionate Inquiry; DBT; Trauma Informed, Recovery-based, Gottman; Somatic; IFS.
It's going to be okay I am so happy you have taken the first step to care for yourself. It is often the most difficult part of starting on the journey of healing. If you are feeling anxious, worried, fearful, depressed, frustrated... you name it, we will work together to help you find the inner space to feel safe and secure. Let's take the next step together shall we?
Individual & Relational Therapy: I work using an integrative approach: Mindfulness; Narrative; Compassionate Inquiry; DBT; Trauma Informed, Recovery-based, Gottman; Somatic; IFS.
It's going to be okay I am so happy you have taken the first step to care for yourself. It is often the most difficult part of starting on the journey of healing. If you are feeling anxious, worried, fearful, depressed, frustrated... you name it, we will work together to help you find the inner space to feel safe and secure. Let's take the next step together shall we?
(204) 400-4972 View (204) 400-4972
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Natalie Talson
Counsellor, MA, RTC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Winnipeg, MB R3C  (Online Only)
I can provide some psycho-education on ways to help regulate the nervous system to help with stress / anxiety and somatic techniques that can help release trapped trauma from the body.
I come to this profession by way of lived experience, having spent decades in deep emotional pain, always feeling I was never “enough.” Consistently engaging in counselling, as well as tools and psycho-education for trauma resolution, has led me to find safety in body I had once disowned. I now have a sense of worthiness and peace that I never imagined possible. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, self-criticism, relationship issues, or symptoms of trauma, we will co-create a compassionate container for exploration and healing.
I can provide some psycho-education on ways to help regulate the nervous system to help with stress / anxiety and somatic techniques that can help release trapped trauma from the body.
I come to this profession by way of lived experience, having spent decades in deep emotional pain, always feeling I was never “enough.” Consistently engaging in counselling, as well as tools and psycho-education for trauma resolution, has led me to find safety in body I had once disowned. I now have a sense of worthiness and peace that I never imagined possible. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, self-criticism, relationship issues, or symptoms of trauma, we will co-create a compassionate container for exploration and healing.
(204) 500-2753 View (204) 500-2753

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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.