I take a mind-body approach to rewriting trauma stories and to do this I use Somatic Experiencing(R), 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 assist you in gently returning to a state of healthy regulation 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 in sessions as a means to support your body in releasing deeper survival energy, mobilizing deeper self-protective responses, and storing regulation. This work involves therapist contact within the regions of the head, kidneys/adrenals, joints, chest, and abdomen area, as digestive issues are a common symptom of trauma. This is profoundly deep work that encourages movement and mobility, and results in long-lasting changes in the nervous system.
I have some credentials for all this great work. 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 stories 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 constantly update my skills in the areas of addiction, chronic pain and trauma through onsite and distance education opportunities. I completed the 96-hour Touching Trauma: Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists with Dr. Kathy Kain in 2018, and will complete the three-module Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Early Trauma training program with Dr. Kain and Steve Terrell in 2019.