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 to gather 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 come to this work by way of a 20+ year career teaching yoga and meditation. This means that embodied presence and mindfulness practices are key to how I work with clients. In addition to my training in Relational Somatic Therapy, I am an IFS Informed Therapist and am currently enrolled in the Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner Training.
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. My therapeutic approach is one that is client-centred, strengths-based, non-pathologizing and trauma-informed.
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
I am currently working with clients online. If you are new to me and interested in my work, the first thing we will do is schedule a free 20-minute consult to determine whether we are a good fit for each other. After that, you may 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 program of psychoeducational resources and tools to support you in developing a personalized care plan.
If you are new to me and interested in my work, please feel free to schedule a free 20-minute consult to determine whether we are a good fit for each other.