What is Relational Somatic Healing?

"There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen."

– Rumi

Photo by Vanessa DeZutter at 889

Photo by Vanessa DeZutter at 889

Somatic means dealing with the body. Relational Somatic Healing is an integrated approach to counselling that addresses body, mind and spirit. In a relational somatic counselling session, emphasis is placed on the relationship between myself and my client. I believe that we heal best in the context of a safe relationship where we are witnessed by a trusted, compassionate other. I will work with you in this capacity to facilitate greater awareness and freedom.

I see myself as a guide, educator and facilitator of change. I bring a spirit of curiosity and openness to my work with clients. Developing a connected one on one therapeutic relationship with me will help you to understand your self “in relationship.” You will learn about yourself as a result of what transpires between us in our therapeutic union. Sessions are usually a combination of talking and experiencing, as it is helpful to embody concepts and ideas. A client's work is often to explore the adaptations and coping mechanisms that have kept he/she safe while at the same time inhibiting expansion and freedom. I work with individuals who are experiencing stress, illness, exhaustion, trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship issues and life transitions.

 What is particularly unique about relational somatic counselling is that we do not solely talk about issues; a client will use his or her body and breath to discover new insights and ways of being.

Modalities I use to facilitate awareness and change might include:

  • Authentic, non-violent communication

  • Psycho-education

  • Mindfulness

  • Intention setting

  • Yogic philosophy

  • Movement and postural exercises

  • Breathing

  • Psychodrama

  • Guided Visualization

  • Inner Child Healing

  • Focusing

  • Relaxation

  • Journaling

How This Works

Relational somatic healing takes time and is a process. Change happens gradually as we establish a trusting relationship and work on issues and patterns that are often deeply ingrained. I recommend that we meet with regular frequency on an ongoing basis. Personal exploration is a commitment and healing is more likely to come about when you attend sessions regularly. Our relationship is collaborative in nature and we will move at a pace that is comfortable for you.

  • Sessions are one hour in duration and are tailored to the client's needs.

  • Wear comfortable clothing.

  • I can see you at the Healing Therapy Alliance (HTA) – 55 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 507 – on Mondays (book online below), and/or at 889 Community in a private studio.


Please contact me at lisamitchell@mac.com if you have questions or if you wish to book a session.