Counselling

In private practice, I offer Coaching and Counseling sessions to individuals seeking to realise their goals and to heal and integrate a past or current stressful/overwhelming event or situation.  I am ASCA certified: Psychology/Psychotherapy discipline. My ASCA therapist number is K498062.  I work in both French and English. 

I facilitate healthy change for adults and adolescents struggling with a variety of life challenges. As I focus on the present, the here and now, it is not always necessary to delve into past history in order to realise a change.  However, I do not lose sight of the fact that at times the past is present in our here and now if certain issues/events remain unresolved.  Using a variety of approaches depending on the individual and their objectives, I work in an integrative way including attention to body awareness as well as thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. Working in a respectful, mindful, non-judgemental way, I seek to provide a safe, confidential environment for the person to explore and experience new skills and ways of being.  

I incorporate in my practice the Somatic Experiencing (SE) method developed by Peter Levine, author of Waking the Tiger and In an Unspoken Voice.   This is a safe, holistic, integrative approach for treating trauma, stress, chronic pain, and relational issues.  More information on this method can be found at www.traumahealing.com.

What is Somatic Experiencing® (SE)?

Somatic Experiencing® is a body-awareness approach to trauma being taught throughout the world. It is the result of over forty years of observation, research, and hands-on development by Dr. Levine. Based upon the realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma, Somatic Experiencing has touched the lives of many thousands. SE® restores self-regulation, and returns a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness to traumatized individuals who have had these precious gifts taken away.

“Somatic Experiencing®” (SE) is a short-term naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine. 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. These mechanisms provide animals with a built-in ”immunity” to trauma that enables them to return to normal in the aftermath of highly ”charged” life-threatening experiences.
Although humans are born with virtually the same regulatory mechanisms as animals, the function of these instinctive systems is often overridden or inhibited by, among other things, the ”rational” portion of our brains. This restraint prevents the complete discharge of survival energies, and does not allow the nervous system to regain its equilibrium. The un-discharged “survival energy” remains “stuck” in the body and the nervous system. The various symptoms of trauma result from the body’s attempt to ”manage” and contain this unused energy.
SE employs the awareness of body sensation to help people ”renegotiate” and heal their traumas rather than relive them. With appropriate guidance with the body’s instinctive ”felt sense,” individuals are able to access their own built-in immunity to trauma, allowing the highly aroused survival energies to be safely and gradually discharged. When these energies are discharged, people frequently experience a dramatic reduction in or disappearance of their traumatic symptoms.