I take a mind-body approach to rewriting trauma stories and to do this I use Somatic Experiencing®, an approach to healing developed by Dr. Peter Levine. So why do I do this? I have my own trauma story and I have experienced the profound changes that can happen when the nervous system and the body become central characters in the healing story. My goal is to gently assist you towards healthy regulation, and a place where you can attune to yourself, others and the world around you while feeling safe. Trauma steals not only our sense of safety but also our curiousity. My hope on our journey together is that my curiousity reignites your curiousity.
One of the tools I use in my practice is therapeutic touch. If appropriate, and with your consent, I may introduce this during sessions as a means to support your nervous system towards regulation, re-establish (or perhaps experience for the first time) a sense of attunement/secure attachment, move survival energy, and/or mobilize deeper self-protective responses. This work can involve therapist contact with the head, kidneys/adrenals, joints, chest, back, and abdomen area. This is profoundly deep work that encourages movement, mobility and safety, and results in long-lasting changes in the nervous system.
I hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (#12481). I am also a Somatic Experiencing(R) Practitioner (SEP) through the Somatic Experiencing(R) Training Institute. I have been endorsed as a Bronze level Occupationally Aware Clinician by the British Columbia Professional Firefighters Association (BCPFFA).
I also understand the effects trauma can have on employment. I hold a subspecialty in vocational rehabilitation and am a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA) (#4878), and a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP) with the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (#1103).
I love to learn and constantly update my skills in the areas of addiction, chronic pain and trauma through in-person and distance education opportunities. I completed the 96-hour Touching Trauma: Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists with Kathy Kain in 2018, and in 2019 completed the three-module Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Early Trauma training program with Kathy Kain and Steve Terrell. In October 2019, I completed the Immersion training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), an approach that is complimentary to SE. In January 2020, I completed an additional training with Kathy Kain in therapeutic touch.
In 2020 and 2021, I have the honour of assisting during the three Beginner and three Intermediate levels of the SE training in Kelowna, BC, and will continue my training with Kathy Kain in therapeutic touch over two advanced trainings in the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021.