More about the somatic therapy approaches that I offer:

Somatic Experiencing®:

Somatic Experiencing® (SE), developed by Peter Levine, is an elegant form of Trauma Resolution. Unlike other forms of trauma healing, SE works with the understanding that you do not have to suffer in order to heal. With Somatic Experiencing® (SE) your body and your nervous system are our guides.

When we experience overwhelming circumstances (car accidents, illnesses, falls, assaults, surgeries, relational trauma, etc.), our bodies often don’t have the time or freedom to complete basic physiological responses. While the body may have wanted to run, to fight, or to move in a certain way to protect us during the trauma, it might not have had the opportunity (or it may not have been safe) to do so. Energy that gets mobilized to move us in a certain way often gets stuck in our bodies and in our psyches as well. This can lead to a whole host of symptoms including anxiety, panic, sleep disturbances, anger and irritability, depression, muscle aches and pains, and even more serious disorders such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

With Somatic Experiencing® I help my clients to locate, explore, and with support gently release or discharge the stuck energy so that it can stop showing up as symptoms. The bottom line is that you feel and function better.

I have provided links to material on SE below:

Nature's Lessons in Healing Trauma: An Introduction to Somatic Experiencing®

Somatic Experiencing- Ray's Story



Hakomi is simply Assisted Self Discovery using mindful awareness in present moment.  Developed by Ron Kurtz, Hakomi is based on the principals of

  1. non-violence (honouring the way your system is organized),
  2. mind-body-spirit holism (honouring all of who you are),
  3. organicity (trusting that your system has a natural intelligence),
  4. unity (utilizing a transpersonal, soul-centered perspective),
  5. mindfulness (utilizing present moment, sensation-based awareness to support change).

You can expect to observe here-and-now experience of the body as an integral part of the healing process while in session.

Hakomi Vancouver