Info about Approaches
Somatic Experiencing® is a therapeutic approach to the healing of trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine and is supported by research. It is based upon the observation that wild prey animals, though threatened routinely, are rarely traumatized. Animals in the wild utilize innate mechanisms to regulate and discharge the high levels of energy arousal associated with defensive survival behaviors. We, as humans, have this too!
-SE® employs awareness of body sensation to help people "renegotiate", rather than re-live or re-enact trauma.
-SE's guidance of the bodily "felt sense," allows the highly aroused survival energies to be safely experienced and gradually discharged, over time.
-SE may employ touch in support of the renegotiation process.
-SE “titrates” experience (breaks down into bite size pieces), rather than evoking catharsis - which can overwhelm the regulatory capacity of the nervous system.
Narrative therapy is a relational and often playful approach to therapy that seeks to build or co-author, the Preferred Identity Stories of ourselves. We usually consult a therapist when we are struggling with Problems that are threatening to take over our lives and at times, our self-identity has become occluded by the Problem's version of ourselves.
Emotions are full-body responses - the word "emotion" is from Latin, meaning "that which moves us". In order to support emotion regulation capacity, we need to understand the purpose and identify emotions by building mindful self-awareness of body sensations through interoception.
Pre and Perinatal Psychology (PPN)
This approach is a gentle, non-cathartic, bio-physiological approach as memories from this early time are encoded in the lower brain regions responsible for sensorimotor and emotional processing, called implicit memory, and are pre-verbal, so must be accessed through the felt sense of the body, in the present time, in slowed down way and in the safety of relationship.
Ethically and legally, anything you say in the context of our therapeutic relationship remains confidential. No information will be shared with another person unless you have given written authorization. This includes family members, your family physician, psychiatrists, lawyers and insurance professionals.
The only instances where I am required by law to break confidentiality are listed below. If I have concerns, I will be fully transparent with you. These are:
- I believe that you are at imminent risk of harming yourself or someone else OR
- You give me information leading me to believe that a child or dependent adult is at being harmed or at risk of harm OR
- My records or my testimony are court ordered for legal proceedings.
Rates and Cancellation Policy
- My fee is $150.00 per hour
You may pay by cash, cheque, credit card or electronic banking transfer. *Please note that I do not accept payment by debit card.
It is your responsibility to check into your insurance coverage, in advance, which may cover all or a portion of the session fee (look for Social Work, Clinical Social Work or MSW RSW).
While you are responsible for the fee at the time of the session, I will email you an official receipt with my registration number, which you may submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.