Somatic Therapists in Hamilton, ON

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Courage To Be - Chronic Pain, Couples, BPD, NPD
Registered Psychotherapist, BEd, MACP, RP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8P  (Online Only)
Our approaches are: IFS informed, Object Relations Therapy, Transference-focused Therapy, Jungian orientated Psychotherapy, Gestalt Psychotherapy, Somatic Therapy, DBT, and CBT.
Are you currently repeating the same cycle in life that results in feeling stuck, not motivated, and distant from your goals and other people? We focus on providing psychotherapy services to people for longstanding concerns such as Chronic Pain, Trauma, Childhood trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and Couples Counselling. Our therapy services are offered online & over the phone by regulated mental health professionals.
Our approaches are: IFS informed, Object Relations Therapy, Transference-focused Therapy, Jungian orientated Psychotherapy, Gestalt Psychotherapy, Somatic Therapy, DBT, and CBT.
Are you currently repeating the same cycle in life that results in feeling stuck, not motivated, and distant from your goals and other people? We focus on providing psychotherapy services to people for longstanding concerns such as Chronic Pain, Trauma, Childhood trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and Couples Counselling. Our therapy services are offered online & over the phone by regulated mental health professionals.
(587) 816-6490 View (587) 816-6490
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Amelia Sloan
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RN, MN
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8R  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I use Relational Somatic (body-based) Psychotherapy, Sex Therapy, Nervous System Psychology, Money & Trauma Therapy & parts work to create lasting change & growth.
I work with clients who are facing a range of personal, relational & emotional challenges. Therapy can explore & change beliefs, responses & patterns; building a solid sense of self; creating new ways of being with others; changing your relationship to money; exploring your sexuality, gender & relationships; tools to engage in sex in the ways you want; overcome disconnection in relationship or connecting more intimately with yourself & your partner(s). We can reestablish connection with your body & learn to understand sensations, feelings, memories & intelligence inherent in you or develop resources to increase regulation
I use Relational Somatic (body-based) Psychotherapy, Sex Therapy, Nervous System Psychology, Money & Trauma Therapy & parts work to create lasting change & growth.
I work with clients who are facing a range of personal, relational & emotional challenges. Therapy can explore & change beliefs, responses & patterns; building a solid sense of self; creating new ways of being with others; changing your relationship to money; exploring your sexuality, gender & relationships; tools to engage in sex in the ways you want; overcome disconnection in relationship or connecting more intimately with yourself & your partner(s). We can reestablish connection with your body & learn to understand sensations, feelings, memories & intelligence inherent in you or develop resources to increase regulation
(289) 806-9299 View (289) 806-9299
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Stephanie Davis
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8P
I am creative in sessions and intuitive, even playful, using mindfulness- and somatic-based explorations, expressive arts therapy, inner imagery, Focusing-Oriented Therapy, Hakomi and Internal Family Systems; approaches that engage your physicality and imagination.
Are you feeling stuck? Anxious? Are you inclined towards mindful and body-centred practices like yoga? Perhaps you've tried cognitive behavioural groups but don't feel that you are getting to the underlying root? I work with adults who are dealing with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, life transitions, relationship issues, trauma, pregnancy and post-partum. I work collaboratively helping you to make sense of your experience, heal any pieces getting in the way, build new skills, so you ultimately can become more alive, aligned and peaceful.
I am creative in sessions and intuitive, even playful, using mindfulness- and somatic-based explorations, expressive arts therapy, inner imagery, Focusing-Oriented Therapy, Hakomi and Internal Family Systems; approaches that engage your physicality and imagination.
Are you feeling stuck? Anxious? Are you inclined towards mindful and body-centred practices like yoga? Perhaps you've tried cognitive behavioural groups but don't feel that you are getting to the underlying root? I work with adults who are dealing with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, life transitions, relationship issues, trauma, pregnancy and post-partum. I work collaboratively helping you to make sense of your experience, heal any pieces getting in the way, build new skills, so you ultimately can become more alive, aligned and peaceful.
(365) 601-6964 View (365) 601-6964
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The Integrative Counselling Centre
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8N
I employ an Integrated approach, drawing from various schools of therapy, though focusing on mindfulness, somatic, polyvagal, IFS and AEDP as theoretical foundations.
Not every therapist is incredible working with every issue, at least I am not. I have found that helping people with Anxiety, Trauma, Anger /Conflict Management and Relationship stress (separation, conflict, social anxiety) are the areas where my Clients report the biggest impact and improvement. If you struggle with Anxiety, being stuck in hyper-vigilance, if you have an anxious or avoidant attachment style, I hope that our work together could provide you with the Tools and Skills to see real change in your day to day life.
I employ an Integrated approach, drawing from various schools of therapy, though focusing on mindfulness, somatic, polyvagal, IFS and AEDP as theoretical foundations.
Not every therapist is incredible working with every issue, at least I am not. I have found that helping people with Anxiety, Trauma, Anger /Conflict Management and Relationship stress (separation, conflict, social anxiety) are the areas where my Clients report the biggest impact and improvement. If you struggle with Anxiety, being stuck in hyper-vigilance, if you have an anxious or avoidant attachment style, I hope that our work together could provide you with the Tools and Skills to see real change in your day to day life.
(365) 305-0262 View (365) 305-0262
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Katelyn Murphy
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8S  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy involves a non-judgemental, experiential, attachment based, somatic informed, collaborative, and relational practice.
In partnership we will explore your experiences and build a personalized care approach that is tailored to your individual needs. My care work aims at establishing a collaborative and safe(r) therapeutic space together, while disrupting and undermining the various oppressive systems that impact our collective and individual wellness experiences. Regardless of whatever issue is affecting your wellbeing, whether it be grief, disordered eating, relationship breakdowns, social isolation, anxiety, depression, trauma, or burnout, I am here to support you in creating routes to comfort and positive change.
My approach to therapy involves a non-judgemental, experiential, attachment based, somatic informed, collaborative, and relational practice.
In partnership we will explore your experiences and build a personalized care approach that is tailored to your individual needs. My care work aims at establishing a collaborative and safe(r) therapeutic space together, while disrupting and undermining the various oppressive systems that impact our collective and individual wellness experiences. Regardless of whatever issue is affecting your wellbeing, whether it be grief, disordered eating, relationship breakdowns, social isolation, anxiety, depression, trauma, or burnout, I am here to support you in creating routes to comfort and positive change.
(289) 312-2023 View (289) 312-2023
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Natasha Masciantonio
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8V  (Online Only)
I use different therapeutic modalities such as Somatic work, CBT, IPT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Based training, and parent based approaches to support children and their families.
Does your child or youth feel anxious, frustrated, and overwhelmed often? Are they creative worriers that tend to avoid situations, have difficulties in school, and struggle with irritability and low mood? Does your struggle with aggression and behavior? Over the past 10 years I have been counselling children, youth, adolescents, and their families. I provide a warm, humorous, and skillful approach to working with all individuals and tailor my treatment to meet my clients needs.
I use different therapeutic modalities such as Somatic work, CBT, IPT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Based training, and parent based approaches to support children and their families.
Does your child or youth feel anxious, frustrated, and overwhelmed often? Are they creative worriers that tend to avoid situations, have difficulties in school, and struggle with irritability and low mood? Does your struggle with aggression and behavior? Over the past 10 years I have been counselling children, youth, adolescents, and their families. I provide a warm, humorous, and skillful approach to working with all individuals and tailor my treatment to meet my clients needs.
(365) 675-0902 View (365) 675-0902
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Natalia Vyzhol-Specialist in Chronic Pain & Trauma
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8P  (Online Only)
My therapeutic approaches are Gestalt Psychotherapy and Somatic Therapy.
Are you struggling with Chronic Pain, Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, and/or intimate relationships? I specialize in helping clients work through these challenging issues. My aim is to help you feel seen and heard while co-developing methods to achieve your goals. Therapy with me could look like 5-10 sessions for short-term problems such as stress and anxiety, or it could be more in depth to address longer-standing concerns. In addition, I offer therapy online and over the phone, and am fluent in English, Ukrainian, and Russian.
My therapeutic approaches are Gestalt Psychotherapy and Somatic Therapy.
Are you struggling with Chronic Pain, Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, and/or intimate relationships? I specialize in helping clients work through these challenging issues. My aim is to help you feel seen and heard while co-developing methods to achieve your goals. Therapy with me could look like 5-10 sessions for short-term problems such as stress and anxiety, or it could be more in depth to address longer-standing concerns. In addition, I offer therapy online and over the phone, and am fluent in English, Ukrainian, and Russian.
(587) 816-6490 View (587) 816-6490
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Emily Claire Blackmoon
Registered Social Worker, RSW, BSW, MSW, OASW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8V
I am a Registered Social Worker and a graduate of the Gestalt institute, incorporating critical, relational, somatic, body-based and holistic approaches, including polyvagal theory.
Are you new to therapy, and need a supportive, you-focused introduction to life-changing self-awareness? Maybe you've been doing therapy for years, but feel like something from the process is "missing"? Do you still feeling stuck, despite how many breathing exercises and positive self-talk you do? Struggling with childhood trauma, eating challenges, anxiety, grief (or all of the above?). Then let's talk! Using a combination of talk therapy, body-based somatics, critical reframing and psychoeducation, I work with individuals and clients to go DEEPER and get the support and results they're looking for.
I am a Registered Social Worker and a graduate of the Gestalt institute, incorporating critical, relational, somatic, body-based and holistic approaches, including polyvagal theory.
Are you new to therapy, and need a supportive, you-focused introduction to life-changing self-awareness? Maybe you've been doing therapy for years, but feel like something from the process is "missing"? Do you still feeling stuck, despite how many breathing exercises and positive self-talk you do? Struggling with childhood trauma, eating challenges, anxiety, grief (or all of the above?). Then let's talk! Using a combination of talk therapy, body-based somatics, critical reframing and psychoeducation, I work with individuals and clients to go DEEPER and get the support and results they're looking for.
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Alice H Tyler
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8T
As a Somatic Experiencing@ practitioner in training, I help individuals engage their body's innate healing response.
Trauma shows up in many different ways. Perhaps you’re experiencing anxiety, chronic stress, unexplained pain or illness, digestive issues, disturbing reminders of past events, past or current abuse or emotional numbness. Maybe you just haven't been able to shake the emotional effects of the pandemic on you and your family. With over 30 years of clinical experience providing psychotherapy services, I work with adults whose lives have been affected by such overwhelming feelings and situations, grief and loss, family and relationship concerns, emotional abuse, attachment wounds, intergenerational issues and workplace stressors.
As a Somatic Experiencing@ practitioner in training, I help individuals engage their body's innate healing response.
Trauma shows up in many different ways. Perhaps you’re experiencing anxiety, chronic stress, unexplained pain or illness, digestive issues, disturbing reminders of past events, past or current abuse or emotional numbness. Maybe you just haven't been able to shake the emotional effects of the pandemic on you and your family. With over 30 years of clinical experience providing psychotherapy services, I work with adults whose lives have been affected by such overwhelming feelings and situations, grief and loss, family and relationship concerns, emotional abuse, attachment wounds, intergenerational issues and workplace stressors.
(289) 276-5153 x205 View (289) 276-5153 x205
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Arlene Jane Pitts
Registered Social Worker, BA, MA, RSW, ACC
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8M
Welcome! I am a trauma-informed Psychotherapist, Social Worker who works collaboratively to offer a client-centred approach promoting self-determination and autonomy. I draw from modalities I have trained extensively in including Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, while combining internal family systems and mindfulness. I offer a non-judgemental space that is centred around your whole self, allowing you to explore your goals, identity, and strengths in order to heal, manage, process traumatic experiences and most importantly thrive. My approach is rooted in abolition, anti-oppression, pro-sex work, decolonization and harm reduction.
Welcome! I am a trauma-informed Psychotherapist, Social Worker who works collaboratively to offer a client-centred approach promoting self-determination and autonomy. I draw from modalities I have trained extensively in including Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, while combining internal family systems and mindfulness. I offer a non-judgemental space that is centred around your whole self, allowing you to explore your goals, identity, and strengths in order to heal, manage, process traumatic experiences and most importantly thrive. My approach is rooted in abolition, anti-oppression, pro-sex work, decolonization and harm reduction.
(647) 691-0729 View (647) 691-0729
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Maggie Clapperton
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8N
Waitlist for new clients
Everyone thinks you’ve got it together, but under the surface, you’re drowning. You’ve tried rationalizing with your anxiety & thinking positive, or you’ve tried these tactics with your child and it is just not working... You’re exhausted and you feel stuck. I can help. I am a child, teen, and adult therapist with a track record of helping my clients feel better using attachment-based and somatic therapies. Therapy is a safe space to get unstuck. I provide a non-judgmental space filled with humour, curiosity, acceptance and empathy. We will collaborate on reaching your goals one step at a time.
Everyone thinks you’ve got it together, but under the surface, you’re drowning. You’ve tried rationalizing with your anxiety & thinking positive, or you’ve tried these tactics with your child and it is just not working... You’re exhausted and you feel stuck. I can help. I am a child, teen, and adult therapist with a track record of helping my clients feel better using attachment-based and somatic therapies. Therapy is a safe space to get unstuck. I provide a non-judgmental space filled with humour, curiosity, acceptance and empathy. We will collaborate on reaching your goals one step at a time.
(289) 803-0128 View (289) 803-0128
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Mary Vuksanovic
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L9H
Sessions with me blend talk therapy with mindfulness techniques, solutions-focused approaches & somatic work - we'll find what works for you!.
Are you having difficulty coping with stress, anxiety, fears or life transitions? You may find yourself feeling inadequate, hopeless, and lacking motivation. These struggles impact your daily life, work, and relationships. Physical symptoms like insomnia and headaches may also be wearing you down. But you’re at a point where you’re ready to reclaim your well-being and discover lasting relief. More than anything, you’re prepared for a transformative change that leads to a life filled with peace, self-assurance, and a brighter future. I’m here to guide you on this journey.
Sessions with me blend talk therapy with mindfulness techniques, solutions-focused approaches & somatic work - we'll find what works for you!.
Are you having difficulty coping with stress, anxiety, fears or life transitions? You may find yourself feeling inadequate, hopeless, and lacking motivation. These struggles impact your daily life, work, and relationships. Physical symptoms like insomnia and headaches may also be wearing you down. But you’re at a point where you’re ready to reclaim your well-being and discover lasting relief. More than anything, you’re prepared for a transformative change that leads to a life filled with peace, self-assurance, and a brighter future. I’m here to guide you on this journey.
(289) 804-8310 View (289) 804-8310
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Emma Silverthorne
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8P
My favourite modalities are Internal Family Systems, Art therapy and Somatic work !.
My goal as a therapist is to create a connection that allows for curiosity, risk-taking, fun and emotional safety so that you feel empowered to share in sessions. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, life-transitions, grief, relationship issues, or questions around identity I would love to explore this with you. I enjoy connecting people to their emotions and will often aim to increase connection between your emotions and your body so you feel empowered to express your feelings and increase self-trust. Emotions have important information for us and feeling them in the presence of another is sometimes all that's needed.
My favourite modalities are Internal Family Systems, Art therapy and Somatic work !.
My goal as a therapist is to create a connection that allows for curiosity, risk-taking, fun and emotional safety so that you feel empowered to share in sessions. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, life-transitions, grief, relationship issues, or questions around identity I would love to explore this with you. I enjoy connecting people to their emotions and will often aim to increase connection between your emotions and your body so you feel empowered to express your feelings and increase self-trust. Emotions have important information for us and feeling them in the presence of another is sometimes all that's needed.
(365) 800-6359 View (365) 800-6359
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Rebecca Markey
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8P  (Online Only)
My counselling style is grounded in person-centred, IFS, and somatic approaches.
I work with women experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, life transitions, and those feeling stuck and looking to get more out of life. I believe conversations about happiness, purpose, and fulfillment to be important ones and help those exploring 'who am I?', 'what do I want?', and 'why aren't I happy?'. Clients tell me I am warm, down to earth, and easy to talk to and express relief at having an objective person to speak with. While I hope you feel heard and validated in our sessions, I also hope you feel gently challenged to support therapeutic change.
My counselling style is grounded in person-centred, IFS, and somatic approaches.
I work with women experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, life transitions, and those feeling stuck and looking to get more out of life. I believe conversations about happiness, purpose, and fulfillment to be important ones and help those exploring 'who am I?', 'what do I want?', and 'why aren't I happy?'. Clients tell me I am warm, down to earth, and easy to talk to and express relief at having an objective person to speak with. While I hope you feel heard and validated in our sessions, I also hope you feel gently challenged to support therapeutic change.
(226) 240-3638 View (226) 240-3638
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Jacqueline Sarah Robertson
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, LMFT, RPQ, PATP, EMDR
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L9B  (Online Only)
I utilize EMDR, Somatic Experiencing and Hakomi Mindfulness.
Change is within reach. Do you find yourself battling burnout, anxiety, or depression? Are you feeling trapped or besieged by overwhelming emotions? If you're yearning for a shift in your life, CHANGE is possible. I specialize in guiding individuals through transformative journeys, helping them break free from limiting patterns and heal past wounds that hinder their path to fulfillment. In my therapy sessions, you'll find a safe haven—a space free of judgment and filled with compassion. Together, we'll unravel the layers of your being, unearth hidden truths, and cultivate new coping mechanisms. Your authentic self awaits you.
I utilize EMDR, Somatic Experiencing and Hakomi Mindfulness.
Change is within reach. Do you find yourself battling burnout, anxiety, or depression? Are you feeling trapped or besieged by overwhelming emotions? If you're yearning for a shift in your life, CHANGE is possible. I specialize in guiding individuals through transformative journeys, helping them break free from limiting patterns and heal past wounds that hinder their path to fulfillment. In my therapy sessions, you'll find a safe haven—a space free of judgment and filled with compassion. Together, we'll unravel the layers of your being, unearth hidden truths, and cultivate new coping mechanisms. Your authentic self awaits you.
(289) 207-7647 View (289) 207-7647
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Matthew William
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, RPq
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8R
I have been trained in both EMDR (somatic, memory reprocessing) and CPT (a more cognitive oriented approach to trauma).
Life transitions (relationships, grief, work health and more) can shake our sense of self in many ways. I am here with you to navigate them with grace and agency. To help understand and move towards the life that you desire and the person you want to be. Alone-ness leads to suffering and together-ness leads to the ability to meet what your life asks of you. I am here with you in that process. Trauma, relationships and learning (trauma, habits, relational patterns) are key to our sense of self, and play a critical role in the therapeutic process.
I have been trained in both EMDR (somatic, memory reprocessing) and CPT (a more cognitive oriented approach to trauma).
Life transitions (relationships, grief, work health and more) can shake our sense of self in many ways. I am here with you to navigate them with grace and agency. To help understand and move towards the life that you desire and the person you want to be. Alone-ness leads to suffering and together-ness leads to the ability to meet what your life asks of you. I am here with you in that process. Trauma, relationships and learning (trauma, habits, relational patterns) are key to our sense of self, and play a critical role in the therapeutic process.
(365) 297-2577 View (365) 297-2577
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Samantha Taggart
Pre-Licensed Professional, MPsy
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L0R
I'm a clinical therapist providing supervised psychological services to adults and adolescents, including assessment, therapy, and parenting support. I have specialized training in trauma-informed, somatic, and emotion-focused treatment methods. My clinical practice is focused on supporting people with trauma, eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and interpersonal and relational issues. I have training and experience working with individuals and families with eating disorders, first responders,​ and those impacted by adverse childhood experiences​.
I'm a clinical therapist providing supervised psychological services to adults and adolescents, including assessment, therapy, and parenting support. I have specialized training in trauma-informed, somatic, and emotion-focused treatment methods. My clinical practice is focused on supporting people with trauma, eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and interpersonal and relational issues. I have training and experience working with individuals and families with eating disorders, first responders,​ and those impacted by adverse childhood experiences​.
(289) 670-2316 View (289) 670-2316
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Mary Vuksanovic
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, BA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8P
My approach integrates talk therapy with CBT, DBT, ACT, and somatic therapy to help you improve your mental health and well-being!.
Are you having difficulty coping with stress, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, traumatic experiences or challenging life transitions? Do you feel like you are constantly in fight-or-flight mode? These challenges can leave you feeling overwhelmed, dysregulated and unmotivated, affecting your daily life, work, school and relationships. But don't worry, you're not alone. I'm here to help you find lasting relief and make a positive change. Get your life back by developing effective skills and tools to overcome these challenging experiences!
My approach integrates talk therapy with CBT, DBT, ACT, and somatic therapy to help you improve your mental health and well-being!.
Are you having difficulty coping with stress, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, traumatic experiences or challenging life transitions? Do you feel like you are constantly in fight-or-flight mode? These challenges can leave you feeling overwhelmed, dysregulated and unmotivated, affecting your daily life, work, school and relationships. But don't worry, you're not alone. I'm here to help you find lasting relief and make a positive change. Get your life back by developing effective skills and tools to overcome these challenging experiences!
(289) 277-6953 View (289) 277-6953
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Shailagh (Shaiden) Keaney
Registered Social Worker, HBA, MSW, RSW, SEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L
I provide gender-affirming counselling, am a somatic experiencing practitioner for trauma (SEP), a trained DBT therapist, and a Certified Clinical Services Provider for ADHD (CCSP-ADHD).
I’m here for the parents who aren't ready to give up hope, and for the teens and young adults who are clinging to life. Whether because of trauma, of neurodivergence (ADHD/ADD) or the need for a more gender-affirming world, life has been rocky. It’s been difficult to connect, sleep has been elusive, panic has been setting in and the future seems sort of bleak. At least that’s how it’s been, at least for right now. So you're looking for a therapist who gets it: your gender identity, your life experience and your inner knowing matter.
I provide gender-affirming counselling, am a somatic experiencing practitioner for trauma (SEP), a trained DBT therapist, and a Certified Clinical Services Provider for ADHD (CCSP-ADHD).
I’m here for the parents who aren't ready to give up hope, and for the teens and young adults who are clinging to life. Whether because of trauma, of neurodivergence (ADHD/ADD) or the need for a more gender-affirming world, life has been rocky. It’s been difficult to connect, sleep has been elusive, panic has been setting in and the future seems sort of bleak. At least that’s how it’s been, at least for right now. So you're looking for a therapist who gets it: your gender identity, your life experience and your inner knowing matter.
(289) 301-9689 View (289) 301-9689
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Audrey Barta
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, BScH
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8S
I often use mind-body approaches integrated with talk-therapy approaches such as Somatic Experiencing, Emotion Focused, Internal Family Systems, Relational-Cultural, Attachment Work while also emphasizing a queer, trans, feminist, anti-oppressive, and trauma-informed framework.
Healing looks different for everyone, and that is why we begin with a full understanding of your experiences and the context in which they occur. I work collaboratively with you to explore those meanings and help you gain agency over these narratives to live a life with more space for compassion and curiosity in mind, body, and experience. Whatever you are working through, I respect you as the expert. My role is not to analyze, pathologize, or label you, it is to understand you as your whole self, including your experiences, identities, values, and how you have been impacted by the current systems that are set in place.
I often use mind-body approaches integrated with talk-therapy approaches such as Somatic Experiencing, Emotion Focused, Internal Family Systems, Relational-Cultural, Attachment Work while also emphasizing a queer, trans, feminist, anti-oppressive, and trauma-informed framework.
Healing looks different for everyone, and that is why we begin with a full understanding of your experiences and the context in which they occur. I work collaboratively with you to explore those meanings and help you gain agency over these narratives to live a life with more space for compassion and curiosity in mind, body, and experience. Whatever you are working through, I respect you as the expert. My role is not to analyze, pathologize, or label you, it is to understand you as your whole self, including your experiences, identities, values, and how you have been impacted by the current systems that are set in place.
(289) 276-0568 View (289) 276-0568

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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.