Somatic Therapists in Toronto, ON

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Amy Manusov
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA, CYT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6R
My work draws on the humanistic, existential and psychodynamic traditions of Western psychology, and is grounded in the wisdom of Eastern philosophies, somatic work, mindfulness and meditation.
Suffering is an inherent part of the human experience. In the course of a lifetime, crises happen, unpredictable challenges arise, and in response we develop habit patterns that are often protective but also inhibit our growth and freedom. Therapy will help clear the path so that you can see a way forward. I walk that path with you and provide a container for self-exploration and inquiry. I work with mood disturbances, trauma, attachment issues, self-esteem, and spiritual emergence. Depth therapy is a journey that will take you into yourself and lead you back to yourself while being witnessed by a safe, compassionate presence.
My work draws on the humanistic, existential and psychodynamic traditions of Western psychology, and is grounded in the wisdom of Eastern philosophies, somatic work, mindfulness and meditation.
Suffering is an inherent part of the human experience. In the course of a lifetime, crises happen, unpredictable challenges arise, and in response we develop habit patterns that are often protective but also inhibit our growth and freedom. Therapy will help clear the path so that you can see a way forward. I walk that path with you and provide a container for self-exploration and inquiry. I work with mood disturbances, trauma, attachment issues, self-esteem, and spiritual emergence. Depth therapy is a journey that will take you into yourself and lead you back to yourself while being witnessed by a safe, compassionate presence.
(647) 492-7296 View (647) 492-7296
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Joanne Del Core
Registered Psychotherapist, Joanne Del Core, Hons BA, MA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6C
I lean on an eclectic approach to therapy that rests on body-based strategies like somatic experiencing, and integrate it with solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, CBT, mindfulness and art based strategies.
I have always had a passion for holding space for others as they confront pain and distress. I consider it my greatest privilege to emotionally support individuals as they navigate through the challenges of their life. In fact, my aim is to support you by helping you get in touch with what is hijacking you - emotional wounds, fears, blindspots, negative beliefs and thinking patterns. I am equipped to guide you through various concerns including anxiety, emotional distress, grief, trauma and loss and have worked with countless individuals, children and parents over the years.
I lean on an eclectic approach to therapy that rests on body-based strategies like somatic experiencing, and integrate it with solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, CBT, mindfulness and art based strategies.
I have always had a passion for holding space for others as they confront pain and distress. I consider it my greatest privilege to emotionally support individuals as they navigate through the challenges of their life. In fact, my aim is to support you by helping you get in touch with what is hijacking you - emotional wounds, fears, blindspots, negative beliefs and thinking patterns. I am equipped to guide you through various concerns including anxiety, emotional distress, grief, trauma and loss and have worked with countless individuals, children and parents over the years.
(647) 363-7818 View (647) 363-7818
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Catherine Kates
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RYT, MSc
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6G
I try to support you to understand the physical and somatic elements of experience, and find ways to soothe, calm, and energise the body, and understand its story.
I support you to feel safer and healthier in your environment, relationships and body. Rooted in an anti-oppressive framework, I help understand how past experiences, may be impacting in the present, and explore the mind-body connection. By building trust and deeply listening, I try and support you to meet your goals for therapy. I work extensively with folks who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, issues of self-worth, self-harm, dissociation and integrating psychedelic or transpersonal experiences. I also frequently work with couples and parents. I am a certified psychedelic assisted therapist and IFS therapist.
I try to support you to understand the physical and somatic elements of experience, and find ways to soothe, calm, and energise the body, and understand its story.
I support you to feel safer and healthier in your environment, relationships and body. Rooted in an anti-oppressive framework, I help understand how past experiences, may be impacting in the present, and explore the mind-body connection. By building trust and deeply listening, I try and support you to meet your goals for therapy. I work extensively with folks who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, issues of self-worth, self-harm, dissociation and integrating psychedelic or transpersonal experiences. I also frequently work with couples and parents. I am a certified psychedelic assisted therapist and IFS therapist.
(647) 490-1615 View (647) 490-1615
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Anabel Khoo
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6K  (Online Only)
I use a somatic psychotherapy approach that works directly with the body and the nervous system to process trauma and change.
I will hold a non-judgmental and empowering space for you to see that you indeed have the wisdom and ability to heal, and together we will collaborate to help you develop the skills you need to safely honour and process your pain. My approach is trauma-informed, body-oriented, and anti-oppressive. As a queer, non-binary, diasporic Chinese person, my lived experience has moved me to help others to process intergenerational pain and to fully embody one’s power and worth.
I use a somatic psychotherapy approach that works directly with the body and the nervous system to process trauma and change.
I will hold a non-judgmental and empowering space for you to see that you indeed have the wisdom and ability to heal, and together we will collaborate to help you develop the skills you need to safely honour and process your pain. My approach is trauma-informed, body-oriented, and anti-oppressive. As a queer, non-binary, diasporic Chinese person, my lived experience has moved me to help others to process intergenerational pain and to fully embody one’s power and worth.
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Kelly O'Sullivan
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4X  (Online Only)
I offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, and other embodied somatic practices, that tap into the body's and mind’s innate ability to begin healing from past traumas, overwhelming emotions, fears, distressing thoughts and experiences, helping you overcome the negative impact this has on your life. You need to be provided with support, a sense of safety, connection and a compassionate space to do that, and I will work with you to foster and help create that space for healing.
I offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, and other embodied somatic practices, that tap into the body's and mind’s innate ability to begin healing from past traumas, overwhelming emotions, fears, distressing thoughts and experiences, helping you overcome the negative impact this has on your life. You need to be provided with support, a sense of safety, connection and a compassionate space to do that, and I will work with you to foster and help create that space for healing.
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Deborah Jacobs
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4S
Waitlist for new clients
I utilize a variety of different treatment models including sensorimotor, somatic, and mindfulness informed interventions, EMDR & CBT, and the Gottman method helping my clients understand and compassionately connect with both their physical and emotional experiences.
As a trauma-informed therapist, I believe that all our lived experiences leave an imprint on the mind and body, which in turn can have a long-lasting impact on our brain functioning and perception, and affect our reactions and interpersonal relationships. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, couples therapy and chronic pain management.
I utilize a variety of different treatment models including sensorimotor, somatic, and mindfulness informed interventions, EMDR & CBT, and the Gottman method helping my clients understand and compassionately connect with both their physical and emotional experiences.
As a trauma-informed therapist, I believe that all our lived experiences leave an imprint on the mind and body, which in turn can have a long-lasting impact on our brain functioning and perception, and affect our reactions and interpersonal relationships. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, couples therapy and chronic pain management.
(844) 551-6787 View (844) 551-6787
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Sasha Lizarraga
MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6J  (Online Only)
  My approach is informed by somatic therapy, internal family systems, family constellations, and hypnotherapy.
Talking things through and accountability have not been enough to sustain satisfaction in your life?   Let’s try something different! In our sessions everything deserves a place; emotions, thoughts, images, dreams, desires, impulses, stories, and sensations, they all belong. And all need to be acknowledged in order to generate real movements and shifts in our lives. Movements can happen externally as a physical release, internally as a new image of ourselves, or at a soul level shifting our dynamics with others, and the way we live.
  My approach is informed by somatic therapy, internal family systems, family constellations, and hypnotherapy.
Talking things through and accountability have not been enough to sustain satisfaction in your life?   Let’s try something different! In our sessions everything deserves a place; emotions, thoughts, images, dreams, desires, impulses, stories, and sensations, they all belong. And all need to be acknowledged in order to generate real movements and shifts in our lives. Movements can happen externally as a physical release, internally as a new image of ourselves, or at a soul level shifting our dynamics with others, and the way we live.
(647) 696-8653 View (647) 696-8653
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Abby Ajvaz
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4R
My practice incorporates a blend of therapeutic approaches such as mindfulness, meditation, somatic therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).
I have a passion for working alongside clients who are feeling held back by their past experiences. By specializing in trauma work, I support individuals living with anxiety-related disorders, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, moral injury, and more. I offer a collaborative approach, working together to create an individualized treatment plan that best supports you on your unique journey towards healing and recovery.
My practice incorporates a blend of therapeutic approaches such as mindfulness, meditation, somatic therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).
I have a passion for working alongside clients who are feeling held back by their past experiences. By specializing in trauma work, I support individuals living with anxiety-related disorders, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, moral injury, and more. I offer a collaborative approach, working together to create an individualized treatment plan that best supports you on your unique journey towards healing and recovery.
(226) 243-1857 View (226) 243-1857
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Eda Mucaj
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP(Q), MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5X
Are you navigating family dynamics, coping with life's pressures, or struggling with trauma-related symptoms such as anxiety, depression? Life can be challenging, and everyone can benefit from support. Through a collaborative approach, Eda helps individuals and couples gain valuable insights into how experiences have shaped their behaviors and relationships, fostering somatic resilience and regulation, repair of attachment ruptures and early developmental trauma, and secure relationships. Eda is a licensed psychotherapist specialized in trauma, offering both remote and in-person sessions in private practice.
Are you navigating family dynamics, coping with life's pressures, or struggling with trauma-related symptoms such as anxiety, depression? Life can be challenging, and everyone can benefit from support. Through a collaborative approach, Eda helps individuals and couples gain valuable insights into how experiences have shaped their behaviors and relationships, fostering somatic resilience and regulation, repair of attachment ruptures and early developmental trauma, and secure relationships. Eda is a licensed psychotherapist specialized in trauma, offering both remote and in-person sessions in private practice.
(647) 931-0843 View (647) 931-0843
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Ame Henderson
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP(Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5R
Before pursuing training as a psychotherapist, I worked in the cultural sector as a dancer and choreographer and I have experience with a range of body-based/somatic healing modalities.
The gestalt therapeutic process is a creative journey where the therapist’s support and presence invite you to explore what is most meaningful in your life, including what feels painful or difficult. I hope to support you to more fully trust and listen to your inner knowing, and to find more space to experiment with new approaches to what might feel like old or stuck patterns in your relationships and your engagement with the world.
Before pursuing training as a psychotherapist, I worked in the cultural sector as a dancer and choreographer and I have experience with a range of body-based/somatic healing modalities.
The gestalt therapeutic process is a creative journey where the therapist’s support and presence invite you to explore what is most meaningful in your life, including what feels painful or difficult. I hope to support you to more fully trust and listen to your inner knowing, and to find more space to experiment with new approaches to what might feel like old or stuck patterns in your relationships and your engagement with the world.
(647) 496-6302 View (647) 496-6302
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Jessica Brunino (Currently Accepting New Clients) -Sana Therapy And Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6J  (Online Only)
I draw from various evidence based modalities such as, but not limited to, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, ACT Therapy, Somatic Therapy and more.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, depressed? Struggling to cope or manage? Perhaps you have experienced a traumatic event such as family violence, abuse, relationship challenges, grief or loss. I am a trauma-informed Cinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist who understands the complex impact trauma and life’s challenges can have on an individual’s well-being, mental health, sense of worth, and how it can shape a person’s ability to cope. If you're an adult or adolescent, I would love to work alongside you, co-creating a unique path to your healing and wellness in a way that’s meaningful and effective for you.
I draw from various evidence based modalities such as, but not limited to, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, ACT Therapy, Somatic Therapy and more.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, depressed? Struggling to cope or manage? Perhaps you have experienced a traumatic event such as family violence, abuse, relationship challenges, grief or loss. I am a trauma-informed Cinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist who understands the complex impact trauma and life’s challenges can have on an individual’s well-being, mental health, sense of worth, and how it can shape a person’s ability to cope. If you're an adult or adolescent, I would love to work alongside you, co-creating a unique path to your healing and wellness in a way that’s meaningful and effective for you.
(437) 747-8686 View (437) 747-8686
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Carmen Kattan
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4N  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Are you ready to transform your life and embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing? As a Registered Psychotherapist with specialized training in EMDR, Somatic Inquiry, Spiritual Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Reiki Grandmaster certification, I am dedicated to guiding teens and adults across Ontario, Canada, on their path towards wellness. My virtual private practice prioritizes trauma-informed care to support clients through difficult times.
Accepting New Clients. Are you ready to transform your life and embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing? As a Registered Psychotherapist with specialized training in EMDR, Somatic Inquiry, Spiritual Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Reiki Grandmaster certification, I am dedicated to guiding teens and adults across Ontario, Canada, on their path towards wellness. My virtual private practice prioritizes trauma-informed care to support clients through difficult times.
(647) 371-0124 View (647) 371-0124
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Andriana Teslyuk
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, CCC, RN, BScN, SEP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6S
I am a trauma trained therapist - Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).
I work with Adolescent, Adult and Senior clients from all walks of life. Difficult and challenging life experiences can have an impact on mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. I have over 12 years of experience working in the medical healthcare field as a Registered Nurse. This experience gifted me with an opportunity to continue to support clients outside of the hospital setting in areas of: end-of-life (palliative care), grief and loss, chronic illness and pain, psychological trauma related to conflicts of war and crisis, caregiver stress and burnout support.
I am a trauma trained therapist - Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).
I work with Adolescent, Adult and Senior clients from all walks of life. Difficult and challenging life experiences can have an impact on mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. I have over 12 years of experience working in the medical healthcare field as a Registered Nurse. This experience gifted me with an opportunity to continue to support clients outside of the hospital setting in areas of: end-of-life (palliative care), grief and loss, chronic illness and pain, psychological trauma related to conflicts of war and crisis, caregiver stress and burnout support.
(647) 277-4637 View (647) 277-4637
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Tammy Marcus
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, DipTIRP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4V
Welcome! I'm Tammy, Registered Social worker for over twenty five years and director of Horizon Therapy. We could all benefit at different times in our lives to have a safe and spacious space to talk about concerns and receive support. Our experienced therapists specialize in working with individuals (13+), couples and families and are dedicated to supporting you in your personal growth, goals and healing journey. Drawing on a strong mix of psychodynamic, relational, mindfulness, attachment, somatic, body-based, emotion-focused, transpersonal and Jungian approaches we will work collaboratively in ways that best support you.
Welcome! I'm Tammy, Registered Social worker for over twenty five years and director of Horizon Therapy. We could all benefit at different times in our lives to have a safe and spacious space to talk about concerns and receive support. Our experienced therapists specialize in working with individuals (13+), couples and families and are dedicated to supporting you in your personal growth, goals and healing journey. Drawing on a strong mix of psychodynamic, relational, mindfulness, attachment, somatic, body-based, emotion-focused, transpersonal and Jungian approaches we will work collaboratively in ways that best support you.
(437) 372-5281 View (437) 372-5281
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Benjamin Landsberg
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6R
I also bring somatic mindfulness and self-compassion techniques to my work with people navigating relationships, intimacy and sex, life transitions, self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.
I view therapy as a creative process. A creative process requires connection, trust, and a sense of humour. I bring over a decade of experience in the arts to my work as a psychotherapist, and have spent my life building supportive spaces where we try things, fail productively, and sometimes reach breakthroughs collaboratively. Together we will investigate the nuances of your story and explore alternate ways of being with your thoughts, feelings, mind and body. I'm queer, and work from a relational, attachment-focused, and trauma-informed perspective.
I also bring somatic mindfulness and self-compassion techniques to my work with people navigating relationships, intimacy and sex, life transitions, self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.
I view therapy as a creative process. A creative process requires connection, trust, and a sense of humour. I bring over a decade of experience in the arts to my work as a psychotherapist, and have spent my life building supportive spaces where we try things, fail productively, and sometimes reach breakthroughs collaboratively. Together we will investigate the nuances of your story and explore alternate ways of being with your thoughts, feelings, mind and body. I'm queer, and work from a relational, attachment-focused, and trauma-informed perspective.
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Hannah Findlay
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5R  (Online Only)
I draw elements from internal family systems (IFS), somatic therapy, traditional talk therapy, art and play therapy, and neuroscience.
I work with adults and youth 12+. I have particular experience supporting neurodivergent folks who may be experiencing mental health challenges related to ADHD or ASD, such as burnout, substance use, anxiety and depression, school avoidance, feelings of isolation, relationship challenges, overwhelm, family conflict. I also work with families and caregivers of young people to help support family cohesion.
I draw elements from internal family systems (IFS), somatic therapy, traditional talk therapy, art and play therapy, and neuroscience.
I work with adults and youth 12+. I have particular experience supporting neurodivergent folks who may be experiencing mental health challenges related to ADHD or ASD, such as burnout, substance use, anxiety and depression, school avoidance, feelings of isolation, relationship challenges, overwhelm, family conflict. I also work with families and caregivers of young people to help support family cohesion.
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Michelle Despres
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5P  (Online Only)
My interest and skills are in somatic and mindfulness-based approaches to healing, which honours the mind-body connection.
It takes courage to engage in therapy. Doing so reflects an interest in self-awareness and the desire to thrive, not just survive. It is an act of self-compassion. For the past 20 years, I have worked in an inner-city hospital in Toronto, with the last 13 years focused solely on providing individual psychotherapy and group facilitation in trauma and mindfulness. I work with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD/childhood trauma, emotional dysregulation, DID, self-harm, suicidality, substance use and relationship issues.
My interest and skills are in somatic and mindfulness-based approaches to healing, which honours the mind-body connection.
It takes courage to engage in therapy. Doing so reflects an interest in self-awareness and the desire to thrive, not just survive. It is an act of self-compassion. For the past 20 years, I have worked in an inner-city hospital in Toronto, with the last 13 years focused solely on providing individual psychotherapy and group facilitation in trauma and mindfulness. I work with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD/childhood trauma, emotional dysregulation, DID, self-harm, suicidality, substance use and relationship issues.
(437) 747-1679 View (437) 747-1679
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Nancy Lipson
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M2N  (Online Only)
I am a somatic informed and trauma informed therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and related issues for over 15 years.
Does your body feel "wrong" to you? Do you want a greater sense of peace and safety in your body? Are relationships challenging for you? You have done some reflection or been to therapy before, but something still seems to be missing. Maybe you learned successfully manage your eating disorder symptoms, anxiety etc, but continue to experience inner conflict. You continue to not feel at peace with yourself, you continue to not accept yourself.
I am a somatic informed and trauma informed therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and related issues for over 15 years.
Does your body feel "wrong" to you? Do you want a greater sense of peace and safety in your body? Are relationships challenging for you? You have done some reflection or been to therapy before, but something still seems to be missing. Maybe you learned successfully manage your eating disorder symptoms, anxiety etc, but continue to experience inner conflict. You continue to not feel at peace with yourself, you continue to not accept yourself.
(844) 332-2849 View (844) 332-2849
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Nisrine Maktabi
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5B
I rely on years of experience and training in evidence based modalities like, in Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Trauma therapy and EMDR.
Seeking therapy is a radical act of self love. It takes courage to reach out when in pain or transition. Wanting support is a sign of the impulse to thrive. I hold space for you to heal your attachment and other wounds. I am a Registered Psychotherapist and have a Masters of Psychology, with a private practice in downtown Toronto. My special interests include transitions across the life span, attachment and trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, low self-esteem, Post Traumatic Stress, newcomer and multi cultural issues, intersecting with LGBTQ issues, women's mental health, transitioning genders, and newcomer issues.
I rely on years of experience and training in evidence based modalities like, in Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Trauma therapy and EMDR.
Seeking therapy is a radical act of self love. It takes courage to reach out when in pain or transition. Wanting support is a sign of the impulse to thrive. I hold space for you to heal your attachment and other wounds. I am a Registered Psychotherapist and have a Masters of Psychology, with a private practice in downtown Toronto. My special interests include transitions across the life span, attachment and trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, low self-esteem, Post Traumatic Stress, newcomer and multi cultural issues, intersecting with LGBTQ issues, women's mental health, transitioning genders, and newcomer issues.
(647) 952-1830 View (647) 952-1830
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Margarita Miniovich
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6C  (Online Only)
I use an array of psychotherapeutic modalities such as Internal Family Systems (IFS, Level 2), psychodynamic and mindfulness-based, as well as drawing on somatic approaches.
My belief is that people come to therapy to have an experience that is markedly different from what they encounter in their daily life. My training and experience allow me to have the tools to provide an opportunity for that different experience, whether it is getting relief from anxiety, finding grace and gratitude in the midst of grief, or gaining clarity and calm in a situation of overwhelm and confusion. We work collaboratively and creatively to uncover the root causes of your distress or dissatisfaction, and address them without re-traumatization. Our work together is safe, deep, transformative, and often spontaneously joyous.
I use an array of psychotherapeutic modalities such as Internal Family Systems (IFS, Level 2), psychodynamic and mindfulness-based, as well as drawing on somatic approaches.
My belief is that people come to therapy to have an experience that is markedly different from what they encounter in their daily life. My training and experience allow me to have the tools to provide an opportunity for that different experience, whether it is getting relief from anxiety, finding grace and gratitude in the midst of grief, or gaining clarity and calm in a situation of overwhelm and confusion. We work collaboratively and creatively to uncover the root causes of your distress or dissatisfaction, and address them without re-traumatization. Our work together is safe, deep, transformative, and often spontaneously joyous.
(647) 905-5403 View (647) 905-5403

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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.