Somatic Therapists in Ottawa, ON

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Aroha Pride Counselling & Consulting
Registered Social Worker, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
They utilize integrative approaches that include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Strengths Based Approach, Narrative Therapy, Somatic Therapy, and Solution Focused.
Everyone needs some extra support sometimes. With Aroha Counselling, our mental health professionals support people who are coping with a range of experiences. Our practices are framed within an anti-oppressive, queer affirming, anti-racist, sex positive, trauma informed, and harm reduction lens. Clients can expect a welcoming and stigma free counselling environment. We provide services to anyone in need of support from all walks of life and have additional specialization in providing informed services to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Please note that all of our services are virtual.
They utilize integrative approaches that include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Strengths Based Approach, Narrative Therapy, Somatic Therapy, and Solution Focused.
Everyone needs some extra support sometimes. With Aroha Counselling, our mental health professionals support people who are coping with a range of experiences. Our practices are framed within an anti-oppressive, queer affirming, anti-racist, sex positive, trauma informed, and harm reduction lens. Clients can expect a welcoming and stigma free counselling environment. We provide services to anyone in need of support from all walks of life and have additional specialization in providing informed services to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Please note that all of our services are virtual.
(306) 994-6967 View (306) 994-6967
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Brown Counselling - Sarahlynn Deschamps
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1C
I offer art therapy, somatic experiencing, focused-centred art therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and much more.
Brown Counselling and Therapy Services is a team of qualified therapists who are passionate about working alongside you to provide the tools to help you navigate through life's up and downs. I’m proud of you for investing in yourself and for being ready to explore your options in therapy. Welcome to a safe place for your story to land. Being a part of your journey is a privilege, and our therapeutic alliance will be mutually grounded in honesty, trust, and communication. Being present with you at any moment, I will encourage you to recognize your diverse strengths.
I offer art therapy, somatic experiencing, focused-centred art therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and much more.
Brown Counselling and Therapy Services is a team of qualified therapists who are passionate about working alongside you to provide the tools to help you navigate through life's up and downs. I’m proud of you for investing in yourself and for being ready to explore your options in therapy. Welcome to a safe place for your story to land. Being a part of your journey is a privilege, and our therapeutic alliance will be mutually grounded in honesty, trust, and communication. Being present with you at any moment, I will encourage you to recognize your diverse strengths.
(343) 309-9160 View (343) 309-9160
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Allison Grey Counselling and Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, BA, CYW
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2M
I use approaches including: Attachment based therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS Informed), Somatic Experiencing (Beginner Level II), Brainspotting (Phase 1), Emotion-Focused Family Therapy and Mindfulness.
I began my journey working with children and youth over 20 years ago in the field of Child and Youth work. My experience and passion are in helping people build and strengthen healthy attachments and connections not only with others, but with themselves. I believe that connection within the therapeutic relationship is so important and I will work with you in order to create safety as you trust me to support you in this part of your journey. I will focus on your story in a respectful and non-judgmental way so that together we can create the foundation for what you need in order to heal, grow and change in the ways you want.
I use approaches including: Attachment based therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS Informed), Somatic Experiencing (Beginner Level II), Brainspotting (Phase 1), Emotion-Focused Family Therapy and Mindfulness.
I began my journey working with children and youth over 20 years ago in the field of Child and Youth work. My experience and passion are in helping people build and strengthen healthy attachments and connections not only with others, but with themselves. I believe that connection within the therapeutic relationship is so important and I will work with you in order to create safety as you trust me to support you in this part of your journey. I will focus on your story in a respectful and non-judgmental way so that together we can create the foundation for what you need in order to heal, grow and change in the ways you want.
(343) 304-5659 View (343) 304-5659
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Alanna Page
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1H
Waitlist for new clients
I use a variety of interventions like Somatic Experiencing, Narrative Therapy, DBT, CBT, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, expressive arts and others.
Welcome, I'm glad you're here. I believe we all can create change in our lives and this is your first step. Whether you are an individual or a couple and have one goal or many, we will work with them at your own pace. As we are all unique, I work from a person-centred approach. How we think about ourselves and others can sometimes hold us back from living a fulfilled life aligned with our values. Let's work together so you can begin to feel empowered and move towards wellness. I will meet you where you are today, collaborate with you and walk alongside you as you begin or continue your healing journey.
I use a variety of interventions like Somatic Experiencing, Narrative Therapy, DBT, CBT, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, expressive arts and others.
Welcome, I'm glad you're here. I believe we all can create change in our lives and this is your first step. Whether you are an individual or a couple and have one goal or many, we will work with them at your own pace. As we are all unique, I work from a person-centred approach. How we think about ourselves and others can sometimes hold us back from living a fulfilled life aligned with our values. Let's work together so you can begin to feel empowered and move towards wellness. I will meet you where you are today, collaborate with you and walk alongside you as you begin or continue your healing journey.
(343) 307-5731 View (343) 307-5731
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Laurinda Cheng
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1N  (Online Only)
I also use somatic practices that acknowledge the mind-body connection.
I believe it takes great courage to explore our experiences, confront our problems, and dare to change ourselves. I aim to provide a warm, non-judgemental space where we can deeply engage with the issues you have brought to therapy. I am based in Ottawa providing individual counselling/psychotherapy services virtually in English to individuals 18 years of age and older in Ontario. I welcome clients of all backgrounds. I am allied to the BIPOC, LGBTQ, non-monogamous, and kink communities. I am also a provider for the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program for First Nations and Inuit.
I also use somatic practices that acknowledge the mind-body connection.
I believe it takes great courage to explore our experiences, confront our problems, and dare to change ourselves. I aim to provide a warm, non-judgemental space where we can deeply engage with the issues you have brought to therapy. I am based in Ottawa providing individual counselling/psychotherapy services virtually in English to individuals 18 years of age and older in Ontario. I welcome clients of all backgrounds. I am allied to the BIPOC, LGBTQ, non-monogamous, and kink communities. I am also a provider for the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program for First Nations and Inuit.
(613) 801-8374 View (613) 801-8374
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Anne Howard
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1Y
I incorporate CBT, somatic approach, mindfulness, emotion focused, and CPT, into my practice.
Making the choice to find support can be a challenging decision that takes courage. We all face challenges in our lives and a qualified practitioner’s guidance can help you better understand your current situation and empower you towards reaching your goals and healing. I have a particular interest in working with individuals who are facing issues of trauma, PTSD, C-PTSD; however, I work with a variety of concerns, such as depression, anxiety, grief, low self-esteem, chronic pain, stress and burnout, TBI, life transitions and support. I believe in trying to find and treat the root problem to facilitate change and improve wellbeing.
I incorporate CBT, somatic approach, mindfulness, emotion focused, and CPT, into my practice.
Making the choice to find support can be a challenging decision that takes courage. We all face challenges in our lives and a qualified practitioner’s guidance can help you better understand your current situation and empower you towards reaching your goals and healing. I have a particular interest in working with individuals who are facing issues of trauma, PTSD, C-PTSD; however, I work with a variety of concerns, such as depression, anxiety, grief, low self-esteem, chronic pain, stress and burnout, TBI, life transitions and support. I believe in trying to find and treat the root problem to facilitate change and improve wellbeing.
(343) 304-6429 View (343) 304-6429
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Ashley MacLellan
Counsellor, MEd, RP, SEP-T
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2C
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it" (H. Keller) is a statement which motivates me to be versatile and adaptive so I may best meet my client's needs in an integrated practice, to facilitate empowerment and holistic well-being. I utilize strength-based, somatic, creative and expressive modes of therapy tailored to suit the unique needs of individuals from various walks of life.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it" (H. Keller) is a statement which motivates me to be versatile and adaptive so I may best meet my client's needs in an integrated practice, to facilitate empowerment and holistic well-being. I utilize strength-based, somatic, creative and expressive modes of therapy tailored to suit the unique needs of individuals from various walks of life.
(855) 976-4252 View (855) 976-4252
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Sasha Cunningham
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1N
I believe our bodies tell us important information and we need to listen to its unspoken voice. Through a somatic and humanistic approach of mind-body connection and embodiment practices, I work with clients to gently unlock trauma and shame to help them gain clarity, increase creativity, and move toward a more fulfilling and peaceful life as their authentic selves. Attachment theory, family systems, narrative therapy, and emotionally focused therapy can also be integrated and will be fostered depending on the unique needs of the client.
I believe our bodies tell us important information and we need to listen to its unspoken voice. Through a somatic and humanistic approach of mind-body connection and embodiment practices, I work with clients to gently unlock trauma and shame to help them gain clarity, increase creativity, and move toward a more fulfilling and peaceful life as their authentic selves. Attachment theory, family systems, narrative therapy, and emotionally focused therapy can also be integrated and will be fostered depending on the unique needs of the client.
(343) 309-9564 View (343) 309-9564
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Bonney Elliott Psychotherapy & Consulting
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, NP, SEP, CCS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1S
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in somatic experiencing therapy, brainspotting, EMDR, narrative therapy, family systems, psychedelic integration, emotion-focused couples therapy, and sand tray therapy.
I do meaningful work with those seeking positive change, who want to live fully, in authentic connection with themselves and others while navigating life's transitions, interpersonal relationship concerns, and trauma recovery. I work with counsellors and healthcare workers, couples wanting to optimize relationship, and those living with chronic, life-limiting health issues or processing grief and loss. I provide counselling services to insured clients under the supervision of registered Counselling Psychologist Dr. David Paré, covered by most third party insurance plans. I am covered by NIHB & IFH.
I specialize in somatic experiencing therapy, brainspotting, EMDR, narrative therapy, family systems, psychedelic integration, emotion-focused couples therapy, and sand tray therapy.
I do meaningful work with those seeking positive change, who want to live fully, in authentic connection with themselves and others while navigating life's transitions, interpersonal relationship concerns, and trauma recovery. I work with counsellors and healthcare workers, couples wanting to optimize relationship, and those living with chronic, life-limiting health issues or processing grief and loss. I provide counselling services to insured clients under the supervision of registered Counselling Psychologist Dr. David Paré, covered by most third party insurance plans. I am covered by NIHB & IFH.
(613) 706-3780 View (613) 706-3780
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Kyera Lamoureux
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P  (Online Only)
Mindfulness and somatic therapeutic techniques are also used for client relaxation and grounding.
As a deeply empathic and experienced therapist, I seek to provide a safe and authentic space for clients to explore areas of distress and concern to them. Collaboration is of utmost importance to me as I seek to tailor the psychotherapeutic process to what will best suit the goals and needs of my clients.
Mindfulness and somatic therapeutic techniques are also used for client relaxation and grounding.
As a deeply empathic and experienced therapist, I seek to provide a safe and authentic space for clients to explore areas of distress and concern to them. Collaboration is of utmost importance to me as I seek to tailor the psychotherapeutic process to what will best suit the goals and needs of my clients.
(613) 707-4480 View (613) 707-4480
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Stephanie Kale
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, PhDcand
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
Waitlist for new clients
I am trained in somatic trauma treatment & other evidence-based approaches, which support the mindful exploration of your thoughts, emotions & body experiences from a place of self-compassion.
Hi and welcome! As your therapist, I hope that together we can explore how to find your own unique path back to wellness, joy, & fulfillment. I have clinical training in somatic approaches to complex trauma & PTSD, which is also the area of my current PhD research. I have supported people on their healing journey who have experienced acute trauma; childhood abuse/attachment injuries; sexual assault; anxiety & depression; addiction; relational issues; & spirituality & self-growth. My goal is to provide you with a non-judgmental & supportive space to help ease stress, heal from past wounds & find greater meaning in life.
I am trained in somatic trauma treatment & other evidence-based approaches, which support the mindful exploration of your thoughts, emotions & body experiences from a place of self-compassion.
Hi and welcome! As your therapist, I hope that together we can explore how to find your own unique path back to wellness, joy, & fulfillment. I have clinical training in somatic approaches to complex trauma & PTSD, which is also the area of my current PhD research. I have supported people on their healing journey who have experienced acute trauma; childhood abuse/attachment injuries; sexual assault; anxiety & depression; addiction; relational issues; & spirituality & self-growth. My goal is to provide you with a non-judgmental & supportive space to help ease stress, heal from past wounds & find greater meaning in life.
(343) 305-1160 View (343) 305-1160
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Christiane Lafleche
Registered Social Worker, MSW , RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1Z
I use spirituality, trauma-focused somatic experiencing, as well as cognitive-behavioural therapy in our sessions.
Accepting new clients! Dear life-giver, you have been endowed with a great ability, the ability to bring life through time. While this can bring great joy, it can also be the cause of loss, guilt, shame and overwhelm. From termination of pregnancy, miscarriage, birth trauma, and perinatal anxiety and depression, I am here to support you so that you can start feeling uplifted, at peace and simply well. Life-giving is hard! You deserve to find empowerment and joy within it.
I use spirituality, trauma-focused somatic experiencing, as well as cognitive-behavioural therapy in our sessions.
Accepting new clients! Dear life-giver, you have been endowed with a great ability, the ability to bring life through time. While this can bring great joy, it can also be the cause of loss, guilt, shame and overwhelm. From termination of pregnancy, miscarriage, birth trauma, and perinatal anxiety and depression, I am here to support you so that you can start feeling uplifted, at peace and simply well. Life-giving is hard! You deserve to find empowerment and joy within it.
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Laurel McCloskey
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2H
Waitlist for new clients
Based on my training and experience in body-based psychotherapy, such as Somatic Experiencing, I believe the body informs us if we listen.
Are you feeling stuck in your relationships or with your feelings? We all experience challenges at times and have normal periods of ups and downs. The difficulty is when we feel stuck – either in a particular mood state (such as depression or anxiety), in our reactions to triggers, or in our relationships. I approach counselling as a creative and collaborative process to tap into your innate wisdom, access your inner resources, and develop healthy coping strategies in a safe and supportive environment. I will see your strengths as well as your struggles. My goal is to guide you as you discover the path that is best for you.
Based on my training and experience in body-based psychotherapy, such as Somatic Experiencing, I believe the body informs us if we listen.
Are you feeling stuck in your relationships or with your feelings? We all experience challenges at times and have normal periods of ups and downs. The difficulty is when we feel stuck – either in a particular mood state (such as depression or anxiety), in our reactions to triggers, or in our relationships. I approach counselling as a creative and collaborative process to tap into your innate wisdom, access your inner resources, and develop healthy coping strategies in a safe and supportive environment. I will see your strengths as well as your struggles. My goal is to guide you as you discover the path that is best for you.
(343) 307-0437 View (343) 307-0437
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Laura Murton Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd , RP, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1Y
I integrate techniques from Mindful Self-Compassion Therapy, Somatic-Oriented, and neurobiological approaches.
I work in a warm, gentle and collaborative relationship with you to foster your healing processes and growth. I have been a Psychotherapist for 10 years, working with issues stemming from trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, grief, loss, or role transitions. Many clients use psychotherapy as a safe container to understand themselves better and consider our work an integral part of their self-care practice. Many of my clients' goals are to learn to have more compassionate, aware and accepting relationships with themselves and to deepen their ability to connect with others in meaningful and more satisfying ways.
I integrate techniques from Mindful Self-Compassion Therapy, Somatic-Oriented, and neurobiological approaches.
I work in a warm, gentle and collaborative relationship with you to foster your healing processes and growth. I have been a Psychotherapist for 10 years, working with issues stemming from trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, grief, loss, or role transitions. Many clients use psychotherapy as a safe container to understand themselves better and consider our work an integral part of their self-care practice. Many of my clients' goals are to learn to have more compassionate, aware and accepting relationships with themselves and to deepen their ability to connect with others in meaningful and more satisfying ways.
(343) 307-0579 View (343) 307-0579
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Anne Walzak
Registered Social Worker, RSW, SEP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1Y  (Online Only)
With over 30 years of experience in the field of trauma counselling, Anne has amassed a rare skill set. She has expertise in a number of therapeutic disciplines including CBT and DBT . She has studied Somatic Experiencing, Sand tray-Worldplay and Play Therapy. She has worked with clients struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety and trauma. Anne works closely with clients to determine a personalized plan to unlock their inner resources and to help them find agency.
With over 30 years of experience in the field of trauma counselling, Anne has amassed a rare skill set. She has expertise in a number of therapeutic disciplines including CBT and DBT . She has studied Somatic Experiencing, Sand tray-Worldplay and Play Therapy. She has worked with clients struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety and trauma. Anne works closely with clients to determine a personalized plan to unlock their inner resources and to help them find agency.
(343) 307-7188 View (343) 307-7188
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Sj Vriend
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1K  (Online Only)
I draw from diverse modalities and perspectives, including narrative, somatic, and drama therapy approaches.
It is my goal in therapy to create a working relationship that feels safe, collaborative, and effective. I work mainly with adults who identify as LGBT2SQIA+ or who are exploring their gender, sexuality, or relationship preferences (I am kink/poly-friendly). I support individuals seeking a more positive relationship with themselves and others, to cope better with stress and change, and to lead lives more congruent to their needs and values. My approach is informed by both my professional experience and lived experience as a queer and nonbinary person. I invite exploring problems with curiosity, compassion, and playfulness.
I draw from diverse modalities and perspectives, including narrative, somatic, and drama therapy approaches.
It is my goal in therapy to create a working relationship that feels safe, collaborative, and effective. I work mainly with adults who identify as LGBT2SQIA+ or who are exploring their gender, sexuality, or relationship preferences (I am kink/poly-friendly). I support individuals seeking a more positive relationship with themselves and others, to cope better with stress and change, and to lead lives more congruent to their needs and values. My approach is informed by both my professional experience and lived experience as a queer and nonbinary person. I invite exploring problems with curiosity, compassion, and playfulness.
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Dr. Kimberly Sogge C.Psych.
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
I intend to move you to Self leadership and lasting change based on your values using the best in somatic psychology, compassion science, evidence based mindfulness and Third Wave CBT experiential methods.
Most new clients will be cared for by professional colleagues working under my clinical supervision at our clinic Ottawa River Integrative Mental Health. I am a therapist for other therapists, a healer for wounded physicians. Our clients are high performers who struggle with the downside of over control, perfectionism, and anxiety. Many clients complete their therapy less controlled by their conditioned habits, fears, traumas, and aversive motivations. It gives me joy to see clients leave their time with us with all parts more aligned with Self, Curiosity, Compassion, Clarity, Connectedness, Creativity, Courage, Confidence.
I intend to move you to Self leadership and lasting change based on your values using the best in somatic psychology, compassion science, evidence based mindfulness and Third Wave CBT experiential methods.
Most new clients will be cared for by professional colleagues working under my clinical supervision at our clinic Ottawa River Integrative Mental Health. I am a therapist for other therapists, a healer for wounded physicians. Our clients are high performers who struggle with the downside of over control, perfectionism, and anxiety. Many clients complete their therapy less controlled by their conditioned habits, fears, traumas, and aversive motivations. It gives me joy to see clients leave their time with us with all parts more aligned with Self, Curiosity, Compassion, Clarity, Connectedness, Creativity, Courage, Confidence.
(613) 801-8345 View (613) 801-8345
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Wei-Hao Wu
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BEd, MEd
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
As humankind, I genuinely believe that we all have something in common: The need and desire for Connection. It is my core belief that this beautiful common attribute we all possess enables me to better accompany you in the healing journey. In sessions, we will be holding the curiosity about your inner world and all levels of experiences, including emotional, cognitive, somatic, and relational. We will be exploring together what you deeply want for yourself and what is in the way of that.
As humankind, I genuinely believe that we all have something in common: The need and desire for Connection. It is my core belief that this beautiful common attribute we all possess enables me to better accompany you in the healing journey. In sessions, we will be holding the curiosity about your inner world and all levels of experiences, including emotional, cognitive, somatic, and relational. We will be exploring together what you deeply want for yourself and what is in the way of that.
(343) 655-3362 View (343) 655-3362
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Jaswir Dhillon
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
With diverse and broad training in psychodynamic, emotion-focused, somatic, and experiential therapy models, I tailor my approach to meet each client’s unique needs and goals.
I work with individuals and couples who are experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationship challenges, and career and workplace difficulties. I specialize in the treatment of childhood and intergenerational trauma. I can help you calm dysregulated nervous system responses, deepen your understanding of yourself, increase emotional awareness and improve emotional regulation, work with you to confront and shift self-limiting beliefs and response patterns, and help you cultivate self-acceptance and self-love.
With diverse and broad training in psychodynamic, emotion-focused, somatic, and experiential therapy models, I tailor my approach to meet each client’s unique needs and goals.
I work with individuals and couples who are experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationship challenges, and career and workplace difficulties. I specialize in the treatment of childhood and intergenerational trauma. I can help you calm dysregulated nervous system responses, deepen your understanding of yourself, increase emotional awareness and improve emotional regulation, work with you to confront and shift self-limiting beliefs and response patterns, and help you cultivate self-acceptance and self-love.
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Rosalind J Gilchrist
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2E
Such as EFT, Systems, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, & Somatic Experiencing.
I treat a variety of emotional issues and parenting challenges. These include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, gaming/internet addiction, trauma, bullying, relationship conflict, and disordered eating. I work with ages 9 to 99. Our goal at Mental Health & Addictions Services Ottawa is to support and strengthen your investment in your self and your relationships to best manage the challenges of daily life. Monday and Tuesday Evening appointments. Monday to Thursday day time appointments.
Such as EFT, Systems, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, & Somatic Experiencing.
I treat a variety of emotional issues and parenting challenges. These include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, gaming/internet addiction, trauma, bullying, relationship conflict, and disordered eating. I work with ages 9 to 99. Our goal at Mental Health & Addictions Services Ottawa is to support and strengthen your investment in your self and your relationships to best manage the challenges of daily life. Monday and Tuesday Evening appointments. Monday to Thursday day time appointments.
(613) 900-5634 View (613) 900-5634

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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.