What is Relational Somatic Therapy?

The body speaks all the time…we just need to listen. || Mariah Moser

Relational Somatic Therapy (RST) is a body-centred psychotherapeutic approach informed by research in neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory and trauma work. It is a whole-person model that trusts in the intrinsic health that lies beneath our suffering.

The work in an RST session is done by slowing down and entering “body time”, a state in which we bring mindful curiosity to our present-moment experience as a way of gathering information. Information that can free up channels of insight, integration and healing, offering us new possibilities in life.

What Do I Bring To This Work?

Knowing oneself comes from attending with compassionate curiosity to what is happening within. || Gabor Mate

I have spent most of my life gathering tools to support wellness and integration. This search was prompted by my need to understand the impact that my own developmental and sexual trauma were having on the quality of my life and it has led me to discover many great resources along the way. I come to the work of Relational Somatic therapy by way of a 20+ year career teaching yoga and meditation. This means that the practices of embodied presence and mindfulness are key to how I work with clients.

I know firsthand how impactful it can be to have a safe and therapeutic alliance with a counsellor and it is my hope that my clients will feel that they have a trusted ally in me. Because of this, I aim to offer Relational Somatic Therapy in a way that is client-centred, strengths-based, non-pathologizing and trauma-informed. If you want to learn more about my formal training click here.


Who Can Benefit From This Work?

What will you do with your own wild, glorious chance at this thing we call life? || Mary Oliver

The intention of my work is to support my clients in expanding their capacity for resilience through the development of self-awareness, curiosity, inner trust, self-compassion, and embodied safety. I believe that this work can be of benefit to anyone who has an interest in it. However, I have found that it is particularly supportive for folks who –

find themselves at a crossroads in life

are struggling with relational distress or attachment wounding

want to develop greater trust in their own knowing

are having a hard time understanding their emotions

want to develop greater resilience

are living with the impacts of trauma

How Can You Work With Me?

Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness. || Peter Levine

As a new therapist, I am working within a limited scope of practice, which means I am only taking on a small list of clients.  I  am not able to work with clients who have been diagnosed with psychiatric illnesses, those who are in the active phases of serious substance abuse disorders, or those who are dealing with acute PTSD due to shock trauma.

I am currently living on Salt Spring Island and am working with clients online (or in person upon request).  If you are new to me and interested in my work the first thing we will do is schedule a free 20-minute consult so that we can determine whether or not we are a good fit for each other. After that may choose to schedule one on one sessions at your convenience or sign up for a more comprehensive package. You can find my pricing below.

First Session 90 minutes $95-$120 CAD

Subsequent Sessions 60 minutes $75-$95 CAD

Resilience Building Package $659 CAD *

  • The Resilience Building Package includes 6 weeks of one on one support and access to a library of psychoeducational resources and tools to support you in developing a personalized care plan.

Schedule a Free 20 Minute Consult

If you are new to me and interested in my work please email me at natalie@natalierousseau.com to schedule a free 20-minute consult so that we can determine whether or not we are a good fit for each other.