Somatic Therapists in Montréal, QC

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Susie Showers
Counsellor, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H2J
With my clinical experience supporting LGBTQ+ folks, as well as my art and theatre background, I have developed an approach combining theatre arts, DBT & somatic techniques help you settle your nervous system so you can prioritize vitality and pleasure.
Your relationships can be an incredible source of pleasure and connection, AND they can be the biggest source of tension and exhaustion. You might feel rigid and uncreative, or be falling into people-pleasing habits. You may feel overwhelming physical sensations of constriction, pain or numbness. You play a vast range of roles in your friendships, romantic & intimate dynamics, and at work. This can be a lot to handle, and you may be masking your authentic self. Creative arts therapy can offer new ways to find playfulness so you can relax into intimacy in your relationships, your body, and fully own the stories that shape you.
With my clinical experience supporting LGBTQ+ folks, as well as my art and theatre background, I have developed an approach combining theatre arts, DBT & somatic techniques help you settle your nervous system so you can prioritize vitality and pleasure.
Your relationships can be an incredible source of pleasure and connection, AND they can be the biggest source of tension and exhaustion. You might feel rigid and uncreative, or be falling into people-pleasing habits. You may feel overwhelming physical sensations of constriction, pain or numbness. You play a vast range of roles in your friendships, romantic & intimate dynamics, and at work. This can be a lot to handle, and you may be masking your authentic self. Creative arts therapy can offer new ways to find playfulness so you can relax into intimacy in your relationships, your body, and fully own the stories that shape you.
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Photo of Raphael.e Gagné, Registered Social Worker in Montréal, QC
Raphael.e Gagné
Registered Social Worker, RSW
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3Z
I am queer, neurodivergent and a parent. I have 13 years of clinical experience in psychiatric, addictions, relational and childhood trauma and community work. My first language is English. I work to help people integrate their thoughts, emotions, somatic experiences and stories of empowerment so they can make sense of the world during these difficult times. I have worked with issues such as Depression, Stress Management, CPTSD, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Gender Dysphoria, Eating Disorders, Addictions, BPD and PTSD. I believe people are more than their diagnosis. Psychiatry must be deconstructed for us to find our true potential.
I am queer, neurodivergent and a parent. I have 13 years of clinical experience in psychiatric, addictions, relational and childhood trauma and community work. My first language is English. I work to help people integrate their thoughts, emotions, somatic experiences and stories of empowerment so they can make sense of the world during these difficult times. I have worked with issues such as Depression, Stress Management, CPTSD, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Gender Dysphoria, Eating Disorders, Addictions, BPD and PTSD. I believe people are more than their diagnosis. Psychiatry must be deconstructed for us to find our true potential.
(438) 794-9457 View (438) 794-9457
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Christina Koufoudakis
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, co
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H4A  (Online Only)
My approach is integrative and combines mindfulness, somatic, CBT, and ACT interventions within a holistic health framework.
I believe in working collaboratively with my clients to uncover the root of their difficulties, and what matters most to them in their lives. As your therapist, I remain committed to helping you better understand yourself, and strengthen your own internal resources. Together, we pave your path to healing, growth, and the positive change you are seeking.
My approach is integrative and combines mindfulness, somatic, CBT, and ACT interventions within a holistic health framework.
I believe in working collaboratively with my clients to uncover the root of their difficulties, and what matters most to them in their lives. As your therapist, I remain committed to helping you better understand yourself, and strengthen your own internal resources. Together, we pave your path to healing, growth, and the positive change you are seeking.
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Cenk Matalon
Counsellor, MA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H1Y
I’ve worked with hundreds of individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma symptoms, and relationship challenges. Through somatic therapy, my clients find the well-being and inner peace they seek. Feeling good about your life is your birthright. Please send me an email (instead of calling) to book your free discovery call.
I’ve worked with hundreds of individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma symptoms, and relationship challenges. Through somatic therapy, my clients find the well-being and inner peace they seek. Feeling good about your life is your birthright. Please send me an email (instead of calling) to book your free discovery call.
(438) 701-1938 View (438) 701-1938
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Dr. Karen S Harutyunyan
Psychologist, Psy D, MScP
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H4A
People seek help for specific reasons such as eating disorders, psycho-somatic conditions, obsessional behaviour, or phobic anxieties. At other times help is sought because of more general underlying feelings of depression or anxiety, difficulties in concentrating, dissatisfaction in work or inability to form satisfactory relationships. We believe in a mind-body connection so that improvements in psychological well-being translate into physical vitality. The benefits of our psychotherapy and counselling work include self-insight, inner fulfillment, raised self-esteem, a positive outlook and improved relationships.
People seek help for specific reasons such as eating disorders, psycho-somatic conditions, obsessional behaviour, or phobic anxieties. At other times help is sought because of more general underlying feelings of depression or anxiety, difficulties in concentrating, dissatisfaction in work or inability to form satisfactory relationships. We believe in a mind-body connection so that improvements in psychological well-being translate into physical vitality. The benefits of our psychotherapy and counselling work include self-insight, inner fulfillment, raised self-esteem, a positive outlook and improved relationships.
(438) 701-1239 View (438) 701-1239
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Amanda L. Hankins
Registered Social Worker, MSW, TS
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2G
In addition, I have training in Somatic therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Leadership coaching, and Mindfulness practice.
I am a registered Psychotherapist and Social Worker in QC. I subscribe to the idea that suffering is a natural part of the human experience; we suffer and experience discomfort so we can cope and grow. It is possible however that we can exceed our threshold of suffering and our normal coping mechanisms are no longer sufficient. This is when our discomfort begins to feel like pain, anxiety, and depressive thoughts and is no longer beneficial to our growth. I like to think of my role as the collaborator and support system for times like these.
In addition, I have training in Somatic therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Leadership coaching, and Mindfulness practice.
I am a registered Psychotherapist and Social Worker in QC. I subscribe to the idea that suffering is a natural part of the human experience; we suffer and experience discomfort so we can cope and grow. It is possible however that we can exceed our threshold of suffering and our normal coping mechanisms are no longer sufficient. This is when our discomfort begins to feel like pain, anxiety, and depressive thoughts and is no longer beneficial to our growth. I like to think of my role as the collaborator and support system for times like these.
(438) 700-9148 View (438) 700-9148
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Karine Bertrand
Psychologist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H2R
I am trained in a range of approaches, from classical psychodynamic to a combination of mindfulness, somatic therapies and parts work (Internal Family System (IFS), with neuroscience and trauma-informed care approach.
My life’s work has been about empowering individuals that suffer. Whether it be supporting individuals that have experienced trauma, or struggle with their identity, this work has been about being a witness and a guide to transformation. I have been practicing over twelve years as a Psychologist and, although no longer a midwife, I practiced as one for more than five years in the Inuit communities of Nunavik, in northern Quebec.
I am trained in a range of approaches, from classical psychodynamic to a combination of mindfulness, somatic therapies and parts work (Internal Family System (IFS), with neuroscience and trauma-informed care approach.
My life’s work has been about empowering individuals that suffer. Whether it be supporting individuals that have experienced trauma, or struggle with their identity, this work has been about being a witness and a guide to transformation. I have been practicing over twelve years as a Psychologist and, although no longer a midwife, I practiced as one for more than five years in the Inuit communities of Nunavik, in northern Quebec.
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Chloe Martin
MA, CCC, AATQ
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H2J
That's why I offer a range of tools depending on your comfort and preferences: talking, art-making, somatic exercises, parts work, and more.
Hello there! It's amazing that you're considering seeking support. Struggle to cope with your feelings? Ever wish you had a clearer sense of what you really need and where you want to go in life? Are you struggling with attachment difficulties, codependent or counter-dependence? A strong inner-critic? I'm here to help you navigate these challenges and create meaningful change in your life. In our sessions, I prioritize creating a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can explore your emotions, thoughts, and experiences freely. I aim to empower you in navigating your unique circumstances.
That's why I offer a range of tools depending on your comfort and preferences: talking, art-making, somatic exercises, parts work, and more.
Hello there! It's amazing that you're considering seeking support. Struggle to cope with your feelings? Ever wish you had a clearer sense of what you really need and where you want to go in life? Are you struggling with attachment difficulties, codependent or counter-dependence? A strong inner-critic? I'm here to help you navigate these challenges and create meaningful change in your life. In our sessions, I prioritize creating a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can explore your emotions, thoughts, and experiences freely. I aim to empower you in navigating your unique circumstances.
(438) 255-0226 View (438) 255-0226
Photo of Alison Pollock, Marriage & Family Therapist in Montréal, QC
Alison Pollock
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, CFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H3A
I use body based (somatic) interventions and I am level 1 and 2 trained in sensorimotor psychotherapy for trauma and attachment.
I am a licensed couple and family therapist and psychotherapist. In 2019, I was the recipient of the clinical excellence award for couple and family therapy from McGill University. I received a Master's in psychology in 2009. My area of focus is on helping people understand their relationship patterns and helping them build more meaningful and stable connections with others. I understand that right now you may feel that as though you have too much on your plate and that you are struggling to balance all of life's demands. Many people do not take the time to focus on themselves and invest in their emotional well- being.
I use body based (somatic) interventions and I am level 1 and 2 trained in sensorimotor psychotherapy for trauma and attachment.
I am a licensed couple and family therapist and psychotherapist. In 2019, I was the recipient of the clinical excellence award for couple and family therapy from McGill University. I received a Master's in psychology in 2009. My area of focus is on helping people understand their relationship patterns and helping them build more meaningful and stable connections with others. I understand that right now you may feel that as though you have too much on your plate and that you are struggling to balance all of life's demands. Many people do not take the time to focus on themselves and invest in their emotional well- being.
(438) 834-2859 View (438) 834-2859
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Katrine Zogbo
Psychologist, Psy D
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H1N  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
She also received training in couple therapy and the treatment of minor sexual difficulties and is currently pursuing training in somatic therapy.
Katrine Zogbo (Psy. D) is an OPQ licensed clinical psychologist with an integrative approach to healing. She has experience working with clients from diverse sociocultural backgrounds presenting with a wide range of issues. She specializes in the treatment of relational difficulties, anxiety, depression and emotional regulation, with an expertise in challenges related to immigration and acculturation processes. She works primarily from a humanistic-existential approach, meaning she views the therapeutic relationship as a way to connect to your inner capacity to overcome life’s challenges and to attain the best version of yourself.
She also received training in couple therapy and the treatment of minor sexual difficulties and is currently pursuing training in somatic therapy.
Katrine Zogbo (Psy. D) is an OPQ licensed clinical psychologist with an integrative approach to healing. She has experience working with clients from diverse sociocultural backgrounds presenting with a wide range of issues. She specializes in the treatment of relational difficulties, anxiety, depression and emotional regulation, with an expertise in challenges related to immigration and acculturation processes. She works primarily from a humanistic-existential approach, meaning she views the therapeutic relationship as a way to connect to your inner capacity to overcome life’s challenges and to attain the best version of yourself.
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Photo of Hilda Coker, Counsellor in Montréal, QC
Hilda Coker
Counsellor, MA, DT, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H2E
The human experience, while shared, can sometimes feel lonely and isolating. I am a trauma-informed, anti-oppression centered therapist, who has worked with people who are experiencing difficult life circumstances. We can work on depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, life transitions, confusion about life direction, motivation and relationships. Working together, we can problem-solve and build capacity towards coping with difficulties. I am person-centered, and use psychodynamic, and somatic approaches to help you meet your goals.
The human experience, while shared, can sometimes feel lonely and isolating. I am a trauma-informed, anti-oppression centered therapist, who has worked with people who are experiencing difficult life circumstances. We can work on depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, life transitions, confusion about life direction, motivation and relationships. Working together, we can problem-solve and build capacity towards coping with difficulties. I am person-centered, and use psychodynamic, and somatic approaches to help you meet your goals.
(438) 802-2383 View (438) 802-2383
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Dani Minuskin
Art Therapist, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2J
I incorporate somatic practices and parts work to support the process of self-exploration and healing.
Occurring at any point in the lifespan, difficult and traumatic life experiences can leave their traces on us and impact the way that we experience the world around us. Have you found that the wounded parts of you are directing too much of your life? Are you looking for better coping skills? It might be time for you to begin the work of healing and start to experience the world more peacefully. I support women, non-binary, and trans adults who are looking to heal wounds related to traumatic experiences.
I incorporate somatic practices and parts work to support the process of self-exploration and healing.
Occurring at any point in the lifespan, difficult and traumatic life experiences can leave their traces on us and impact the way that we experience the world around us. Have you found that the wounded parts of you are directing too much of your life? Are you looking for better coping skills? It might be time for you to begin the work of healing and start to experience the world more peacefully. I support women, non-binary, and trans adults who are looking to heal wounds related to traumatic experiences.
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Photo of Allison Cordner, Counsellor in Montréal, QC
Allison Cordner
Counsellor, MA, RCC, RTC, TRA
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H3J  (Online Only)
We treat trauma & emotional disturbances using somatic experiencing techniques, Inner Child Work & AEDP.
We are a team of clinicians that are trained to work with students, individuals, couples and families. That excel at helping you expand your emotional tolerance, reactions & communication skills. Too many of us suffer in silence with anxiety, low self-esteem, unprocessed trauma and anger. You are not alone and we are here to encourage you to let those experiences be felt in a safe & non-judgmental environment. We know how hard it can be for most people to do therapy & our goal is to make it engaging, insightful & rewarding. To be vulnerable means not having our deepest feelings and secrets shot down. We use an integrative approach.
We treat trauma & emotional disturbances using somatic experiencing techniques, Inner Child Work & AEDP.
We are a team of clinicians that are trained to work with students, individuals, couples and families. That excel at helping you expand your emotional tolerance, reactions & communication skills. Too many of us suffer in silence with anxiety, low self-esteem, unprocessed trauma and anger. You are not alone and we are here to encourage you to let those experiences be felt in a safe & non-judgmental environment. We know how hard it can be for most people to do therapy & our goal is to make it engaging, insightful & rewarding. To be vulnerable means not having our deepest feelings and secrets shot down. We use an integrative approach.
(514) 496-8312 View (514) 496-8312
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Speakeasy Counselling & Associates
Counsellor, MA, RCC, RTC, SEP
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3J  (Online Only)
We treat trauma & emotional disturbances using somatic experiencing techniques, Inner Child Work & AEDP.
We are a team of clinicians that are trained to work with students, individuals, couples and families. That excel at helping you expand your emotional tolerance, reactions & communication skills. Too many of us suffer in silence with anxiety, low self-esteem, unprocessed trauma and anger. You are not alone and we are here to encourage you to let those experiences be felt in a safe & non-judgmental environment. We know how hard it can be for most people to do therapy & our goal is to make it engaging, insightful & rewarding. To be vulnerable means not having our deepest feelings and secrets shot down. We use an integrative approach.
We treat trauma & emotional disturbances using somatic experiencing techniques, Inner Child Work & AEDP.
We are a team of clinicians that are trained to work with students, individuals, couples and families. That excel at helping you expand your emotional tolerance, reactions & communication skills. Too many of us suffer in silence with anxiety, low self-esteem, unprocessed trauma and anger. You are not alone and we are here to encourage you to let those experiences be felt in a safe & non-judgmental environment. We know how hard it can be for most people to do therapy & our goal is to make it engaging, insightful & rewarding. To be vulnerable means not having our deepest feelings and secrets shot down. We use an integrative approach.
(226) 741-0112 View (226) 741-0112
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Steffan Syd Apel
Psychologist, MEd
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3Z
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in treating trauma using the latest methods including somatic and nervous system awareness.
We ask for help when we can't do it alone anymore; when our relationships are not working; when we are tired of our own patterns. People who consult with me find that I am genuine and knowledgeable, with a unique, human approach. I work with adults and teens, couples and families, and respond to your needs effectively and compassionately. I provide help that addresses immediate concerns and provides lasting change. I am experienced in providing brief and long-term therapy for depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, and life's changes including career issues.
I specialize in treating trauma using the latest methods including somatic and nervous system awareness.
We ask for help when we can't do it alone anymore; when our relationships are not working; when we are tired of our own patterns. People who consult with me find that I am genuine and knowledgeable, with a unique, human approach. I work with adults and teens, couples and families, and respond to your needs effectively and compassionately. I provide help that addresses immediate concerns and provides lasting change. I am experienced in providing brief and long-term therapy for depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, and life's changes including career issues.
(438) 230-1758 View (438) 230-1758
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Ashley Noonan
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BEd, MACPca
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H3G  (Online Only)
I am here in the messiness of life with you, because my priority is to normalize your humanness, your feelings and your experience. Regardless of what you are seeking therapy for, I create a safe space for you to be vulnerable, and honest so that we can work together to support you in aligning with your heart-led authenticity. I incorporate aspects of somatic and nervous system awareness in my process because as a bottom-up therapist I deeply believe we store our traumas in our body, and developing relationships with our bodies is imperative for healing.
I am here in the messiness of life with you, because my priority is to normalize your humanness, your feelings and your experience. Regardless of what you are seeking therapy for, I create a safe space for you to be vulnerable, and honest so that we can work together to support you in aligning with your heart-led authenticity. I incorporate aspects of somatic and nervous system awareness in my process because as a bottom-up therapist I deeply believe we store our traumas in our body, and developing relationships with our bodies is imperative for healing.
(289) 271-0969 View (289) 271-0969
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Room of One's Own (ROO)
Counsellor, RCC, MC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H2L  (Online Only)
Hiu is experienced in working from an Intersectionality-focused lens with predominantly people of the Global Majority with different neurotypes who identify as queer and have ongoing relationships with grief. Trained in Somatic Attachment and Feminist Narrative Therapy, Hiu privileges a person’s survival story and relationships to their agency, emotions, boundaries, and people. Hiu takes on a co-researcher role in therapy sessions with deconstructive conversations, insightful and possibly challenging questions, curiosity, and a commitment to naming the oppressive systems and dominant narratives at work.
Hiu is experienced in working from an Intersectionality-focused lens with predominantly people of the Global Majority with different neurotypes who identify as queer and have ongoing relationships with grief. Trained in Somatic Attachment and Feminist Narrative Therapy, Hiu privileges a person’s survival story and relationships to their agency, emotions, boundaries, and people. Hiu takes on a co-researcher role in therapy sessions with deconstructive conversations, insightful and possibly challenging questions, curiosity, and a commitment to naming the oppressive systems and dominant narratives at work.
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Valerie Abitbol
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, RMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H4A  (Online Only)
Whether it's a new baby, the loss of a loved one, a betrayal, tension in relationships, or a recent relocation... sometimes we lose our footing. You may find that your usual coping tools are no longer bringing you the same relief. Unlike blogs and books that offer one-size-fits-all advice, or unlike your friends and family who mean well, but are too emotionally-invested to give you clear guidance, I offer you effective tools, unique to your needs and situation, in a non-judgmental and safe space. I’m a bilingual (English & French) somatic psychotherapist and Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in Quebec, Colorado and California.
Whether it's a new baby, the loss of a loved one, a betrayal, tension in relationships, or a recent relocation... sometimes we lose our footing. You may find that your usual coping tools are no longer bringing you the same relief. Unlike blogs and books that offer one-size-fits-all advice, or unlike your friends and family who mean well, but are too emotionally-invested to give you clear guidance, I offer you effective tools, unique to your needs and situation, in a non-judgmental and safe space. I’m a bilingual (English & French) somatic psychotherapist and Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in Quebec, Colorado and California.
(438) 701-1833 View (438) 701-1833
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Jessica Ferro
Psychologist, MC:AT, RPsych
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H1A  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My approach is founded in person-centered therapy, and I integrate acceptance & commitment therapy, internal family systems, somatic experiencing, psychoeducation, and feminism.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, stress, relationship issues, life/career transitions, low self-esteem, work/life imbalance, or trauma? Or are you seeking more fulfillment out of life? If so, I am here to help. I am a registered psychologist offering virtual counselling to adults (25+) in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. Work with me from the comfort of your home, with your pets around, and without the added time and stress of travel.
My approach is founded in person-centered therapy, and I integrate acceptance & commitment therapy, internal family systems, somatic experiencing, psychoeducation, and feminism.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, stress, relationship issues, life/career transitions, low self-esteem, work/life imbalance, or trauma? Or are you seeking more fulfillment out of life? If so, I am here to help. I am a registered psychologist offering virtual counselling to adults (25+) in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. Work with me from the comfort of your home, with your pets around, and without the added time and stress of travel.
(782) 800-7307 View (782) 800-7307
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Ricardo Martins
Registered Psychotherapist, Bsc, MSc, GITDip, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H2S
As a trauma-oriented therapist with advanced training in Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting, I specialize in embodied trauma resolution.
I would like to offer you my appreciation on how important the step you are giving right now is. Finding a psychotherapist can be daunting or disconcerting at first but the impulse that brought you here means you want things to be different, right? Maybe with less anxiety, less suffering or less loneliness. Maybe with more space to be who you are and experience more easiness to relate to others. Past traumas, being raised in non-attuned contexts and any form of oppression impose ruptures to the dialog between us and others and the internal parts of ourselves. These cracks generate conflicts, suffering, shame, and a self-alienation.
As a trauma-oriented therapist with advanced training in Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting, I specialize in embodied trauma resolution.
I would like to offer you my appreciation on how important the step you are giving right now is. Finding a psychotherapist can be daunting or disconcerting at first but the impulse that brought you here means you want things to be different, right? Maybe with less anxiety, less suffering or less loneliness. Maybe with more space to be who you are and experience more easiness to relate to others. Past traumas, being raised in non-attuned contexts and any form of oppression impose ruptures to the dialog between us and others and the internal parts of ourselves. These cracks generate conflicts, suffering, shame, and a self-alienation.
(437) 747-0835 View (437) 747-0835

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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.