People come to see me because they want something to change. They have been trying to change on their own, sometimes for decades and still feel unsatisfied. Trying to figure out how to make the change we want to happen on our own often leads to frustration, disappointment, and settling for less than a fully satisfying life.
We live in a culture where many expectations are placed on us. The stresses of everyday life can take their toll on your relationship. If your relationship has become an additional source of stress rather than a source of support, counselling can help you to move through the barriers that keep you feeling separate, isolated and unsupported.
Somatic Experiencing is a naturalistic approach to resolving and healing trauma developed by Peter Levine, PhD. Based on his observations that highly stressed animals recover from life-threatening situations through the completion of “Fight, Flight or Freeze” responses without any remaining trauma symptoms, Dr. Levine noted the same capacity in humans.
“When the nervous system is overwhelmed, a dysfunctional neurological pattern is set in motion. And that pattern tends to recreate itself and persist, even when it has outlived its usefulness. When we are in a state of traumatic activation, we lose our ability to respond freely and flexibly in present time; instead, we react.” – Dr. Peter Levine
Somatic Experiencing Touch
Many therapies utilize touch, including massage, physiotherapy, and bodywork. Each therapeutic approach has a specific orientation and focus. The option to include physical touch in our work together can be a useful tool to support a healthy range of regulation and stability in the nervous system and other body systems.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and psychotherapist with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I have earned a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology degree from the University of Victoria. I have also completed a three-year Somatic Experiencing Practitioner training and a two-year Touch Work for Psychotherapists training with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.