Why Choose Me as Your Somatic Therapist?

Working with a practitioner who hears, sees and supports you–the way you need to be heard, seen and supported–can mark the beginning of your healing journey.

When you’re in an ongoing state of “high-arousal” or in survival energy (i.e. fight, flight or freeze), you’re less able to self-regulate. This makes it very difficult to heal, relax, rest and digest.

Somatic Experiencing® and somatic therapy supports the nervous system (and body) so it can better self-regulate and restore itself to a new equilibrium. As a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, my gentle, regulated nervous system helps guide your system away from the high-arousal state. This creates an opportunity to heal the physical and emotional effects of trauma and change the body’s physiological response to past experiences.

About My Practice

Creating a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment is vital in my practice. Moving through emotional and physical difficulties as well as troubling patterns of behavior allows you to create a “new normal” for your life.

It used to be thought that trauma was only an emotional (brain) response to something overwhelming. Research and the effectiveness of therapies that involve the nervous system are evidence that this is no longer true.

Traumatic stress can emerge from shock trauma or developmental trauma.

Shock traumas can include:
  • Physical or emotional violence
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual assault
  • Witnessing physical or emotional violence
  • War or combat
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Dental or medical surgeries
  • Falls, near falls or other injuries
  • Tragic or sudden loss of loved ones
  • Tending to the seriously injured or witnessing sudden death (as is common for first-responders).
Developmental traumas can include:
  • Birth trauma
  • Attachment trauma
  • Early childhood neglect
  • Early childhood emotional abuse
  • Childhood physical abuse and/or witnessing violence
  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Growing up in families with addiction or mental health issues
  • Experiencing prejudice, discrimination or bullying
  • Public humiliation, especially in early childhood.

Trauma does not have to be a life sentence, you can begin to heal and feel your life energy again.

Somatic Experiencing® Therapy

Somatic Experiencing® is a body-orientated approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It’s a method that releases traumatic shock from the body in order to heal, restore and move towards greater resilience, self-regulation and mindfulness.

Somatic Experiencing® is not talk therapy. It supports the nervous system to renegotiate and heal trauma, rather than relive or re-enact the traumatic experience.

Learn more about Somatic Experiencing® therapy.

About Melina McConnell

The foundations of my therapeutic approach is through a variety of somatic practices, including; Somatic Experiencing®, Transforming the Experience Based Brain, Somatic Resilience and Regulation, advanced trainings in somatic touch. and Internal Family Systems.

My educational background includes being a Registered Counsellor with the Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists, a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP) with the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute (SETI), a Transforming the Experience Based-Brain® Practitioner, a Somatic Touch Trauma Therapist, and a registered Addictions Counsellor with the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Federation. I am also a teaching assistant for the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute and the Somatic Resilience & Regulation training by Kathy Kain and Stephen Terrell. Learning is a huge passion of mine and I am constantly honing my skills. My passion is to help my clients feel strong, safe, and resilient from an embodied nervous system perspective. I believe that mind and body are not just connected but are one in the same.

Media

In 2017, I was delighted to be interviewed on Talk Recovery Radio, 100.5 fm.

You can listen to our conversation here. (It starts around the 3:50 mark.)

“Melina is genuine and gentle. I feel like the somatic therapy Melina and I are undertaking is changing me on the inside. I am less anxious and more ready to deal with life’s challenges head on.”
Brent P
“Growing up with childhood and sexual trauma was horrible and I never knew where I fit. Through somatic therapy, Melina has helped me to feel safe; something I never knew growing up. Learning about my nervous system and that I can heal has been life changing. Thank you so much Melina!”
Sandra R
“With Melina’s guidance, I have been able to break the hold that co-dependency had on my life and begin the process of establishing healthy boundaries.”
Joy
“Melina helped me to recognize my real intentions so I could decide for myself if I was acting the way I really wanted to, in any given situation. As a result, I’m more confident when placed in stressful environments.”
Steve

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