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 the client. Human beings are relational at their core. I believe that we heal best in the context of a safe relationship where we are witnessed by a trusted other. My approach is described as warm, nurturing, and non-judgemental

I see myself as a guide, educator and facilitator of change. I bring a spirit of curiosity to my work with clients. Through the process of developing a therapeutic relationship with me, clients come to understand themselves “in relationship.” Sessions are a combination of talking and experiencing, as it is helpful to embody concepts and ideas. A client's work is often to explore the defences and coping mechanisms that have kept them safe, while also restricting their growth and freedom.

I work with individuals who are experiencing:

  • stress

  • illness

  • exhaustion

  • grief

  • trauma

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • addiction

  • relationship issues

  • life transitions

 What is unique about relational somatic counselling is that we don’t just discuss issues; a client will be guided to use their body and breath to discover new insights and ways of being.

Modalities used to facilitate awareness and change may 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 explore issues and patterns that are deeply ingrained and block expansion. I recommend that we meet with regular frequency on an ongoing basis, especially in the beginning. Personal growth 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 typically one hour in duration.

  • Wear comfortable clothing.

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


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