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Relational Somatic Therapy (RST)

Relational Somatic Therapy (RST)

Uses touch, imagery and movement

Somatic therapy, an approached based on the latest science from neurobiology; uses touch, imagery and movement allowing traumatic body memories to find completion. RST can be thought of as the scientific study of the mind/body interface. It involves becoming consciously aware of body (soma) sensations. RST studies how our body sensations relate to our thoughts, actions and our perception or lens of how we see and relate to the world. The Relational part of RST refers to how we relate to others utilizing attachment based theory. RST understanding that our learned attachment styles in childhood create a framework or lens of how we view/ relate to others in the world.

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Typical RST sessions are 90 minutes on a sliding scale of $90 - $110 an hour.

Chronic Pain Counselling & Management

Chronic Pain Counselling & Management

Focuses on pain management

Focused on pain management and common symptoms such as depression, anxiety and central sensitization. Pain is our body's alarm system letting us know when something is wrong and needing our attention. Our alarm system located in the amygdala next to the brain stem. The brain stem is concerned with our survival so when we experience pain we respond in a very instinctual way. Pain triggers a release of adrenaline putting our nervous system into action mode leading to the fight/ flight and freeze response. Notice how when we experience a sharp pain we wince, our muscle tighten, we lean forward, our jaw tightens and our vision becomes narrow - these are all instinctual responses preparing our body for action. Being in a adrenaline, fight/ flight response is draining for our bodies, we are only meant to be in this state for approximately 15 minutes before it starts to drain the system.

Meditation and mindfulness is an important practice to reduce pain and relax the nervous system. If you are experiencing chronic pain it is important to seek counselling support. CBT, mindfulness and meditation have all shown meaningful changes in the brain in short periods of time.

Video: Understanding Central Sensitization

Counselling and treatment are charged on a sliding scale of $90 - $110 an hour.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Therapy using mindfulness & meditation

Cognitive (thinking) Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is a well researched method used for helping people change their feelings by changing their thoughts and behaviours. This is useful in all facets of our lives to help us deal with unwanted feelings.

CBT Triangle: The three components of the CBT triangle demonstrate the interconnection between thoughts, feelings/body sensations, and behaviours. If one side of the triangle changes, the remaining two sides invariably change.

CBT Triangle

List of common illnesses treated: chronic pain, central sensitization, fibromyalgia, IBS, anxiety and depression, addictions. As well as trauma and sexual abuse.

Counselling and treatment are charged on a sliding scale of $90 - $110 an hour.


Embodiment Counselling

Preferred contact is phone call or through the RISE clinic.

Phone: 250-551-5532

RISE clinic: 250-352-5259