Author Archives: Stephanie

The polyvagal “ladder” and how it can help you

I’ve been learning lately about polyvagal theory, developed by Stephen Porges. I find it to be a really clear and helpful way of thinking about our feeling states that can give us more agency to feel better. The theory is … Continue reading

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Using Internal Family Systems parts-work with an overwhelmed parent!

I’ve been studying Internal Family Systems (a modality developed by Richard Swartz) lately. Today I decided to practice this new parts work on myself, to help get to the bottom of a familiar (and unhelpful) reaction in myself. What follows … Continue reading

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Trauma-informed yoga: upcoming classes

My colleague Andrew Towler is starting up a range of new trauma-informed yoga classes. She is a kind and calm teacher with a depth of practice and knowledge. I recommend her classes for those with a history of trauma who … Continue reading

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Mindfulness tools for everyday sanity

Amidst the stresses of daily life it’s all too easy to get caught on the hamster wheel of activities and forget to get off. We can get hijacked by stress and loose the capacity to think clearly. Here I share what … Continue reading

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The eel and the axe-man: a therapy session

A man in his mid-life came for counselling to help with anger that wells up inside him playing certain sports. He had a sense that it’s deep and old anger. After the first session he no longer experienced it in … Continue reading

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The story of the upside down bird

A bird flying upside down. A tightly wound coil.An open lake.A powerful dragon getting flight and exploring the world for the first time.  What do these have in common? These are all inner images that clients have found during sessions … Continue reading

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2 kinds of loneliness: why we feel alone in a crowd

Guest post by Lisa Voth, Somatic Therapist in Vancouver.      I have a theory that there are 2 kinds of loneliness. I know this is false because any kind of binary is automatically going to have holes in it. I … Continue reading

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What do parents need? Results from my survey

In February 2018 I asked Hamilton-area parents of children aged 0-12yrs  these questions: How would you describe the kind of social and emotional support you have for being a parent / caregiver? What’s going well? What’s missing? If there were … Continue reading

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Finding peace this holiday season

Concerned about the holidays? You’re not alone. Clients are coming in thick and fast with a range of holiday concerns these days. It’s a topic I’ve written extensively on, so here’s a little overview of what I can offer:  Finding Your … Continue reading

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Press release: book on motherhood available for pre-order!

I’m excited, proud and slightly nervous to announce that my first peer-reviewed article will be published soon!  My article is called “Navigating the Waters of Early Motherhood: Somatic Awareness, Creative Expression, and Being Held”.  It is intended in part to … Continue reading

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