Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Certified Wellness Practitioner
Former Television Journalist
Our bodies send us signals about whether we are in a state of stress or wellness; most of us don't recognize the clues.
This TEDxYYC Talk explains how stress can show up in the body, and discusses the basics of Somatic Therapy.
After a 26 year career as a television journalist, it was a big shock to learn that during my career I'd had all the signs of Vicarious Trauma, a condition that can develop when we are exposed to other peoples' trauma. I had suspected something was wrong, but had no idea what it was, because back then, none of us in the newsroom knew Vicarious Trauma was a potential risk.
Years later, while studying to become a counsellor, I learned how stress can accumulate over time and eventually overwhelm us. I also learned that my condition could have been prevented. All I could think was, "Why are we not taught this before it happens?"
After trying many types of therapy, I found healing in a process called Somatic Experiencing, founded by Dr. Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. I am so grateful for his work, in which I am now trained. and am passionate about sharing.
Prevention is possible. Healing is possible.
A DIFFERENT APPROACH
Somatic Experiencing (SE) works with your nervous system to help you gently release stress that is stored in your body, affecting behaviours and well-being. SE helps you understand your stress cues and how to calm and stabilize yourself as life happens.
I am currently conducting sessions online until Covid-19 restrictions allow for more face-to-face interaction.
Please Note: I am only taking new clients by referral from other therapists
(as of January 2021)
Stress is like water in a bucket; it can build and overflow if we do not know how to monitor and reduce our water levels.
This workshop is for professionals who deal with other peoples' trauma;
social workers, clergy, media, teachers, medical/emergency professionals.
Mixing personal stories with the latest in scientific research, this workshop helps you spot stress clues that are universal to all of us, as well as unique to you. Discover how your stress really shows up, and how your body can play a critical and guiding role in your healing.
Somatic therapy works with your nervous system to foster natural stress release and well-being. For more information go to:
Embodied Awareness attunes us to sensations, intuition and other ways of knowing
The Satir method is a hopeful approach to therapy. Virginia Satir (1916-1988) was a social worker known for her compassion and belief that every person has inherent self-worth.
Shock vs. Developmental Trauma - Dr. Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.
Collective Trauma - Gina Ross, MFCT
Body-Mind Centring - Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, OTR/L, RSMT, RSME
Body Wisdom - Anastacia Metcalf Lundholm
Anger, Boundaries & Safety - Greg Gurel
Reiki Levels I & II - Phyllis Kane, Reiki Master
Shamanic and Nature Practices - Sandra Ingerman, New Mexico; Jaki Daniels, Calgary
"With Barb I always felt comfortable enough to reveal the deepest parts of myself that I was too afraid to show the world. At a time when I felt like no one could truly understand what was happening in my life, Barb did. She was able to see and help me through some of life's toughest problems. I now walk with my head a little higher because I know that anything I encounter in life can be compassionately worked through using the skills that I've gained when working with my own emotion." B.
" I consider myself lucky to have had the chance to work with Barbara as my Counsellor. Although I've had training before and did a considerable amount of work to connect with my body, Barb took me to a new level. Her respect to my previous knowledge was great. Barb worked with me in a new format without limiting me into a time frame and instead allowed my body to lead the sessions. Barb supported me during the sessions, and between. Today, I refer back to many teachings and inspirations I learned about myself through the sessions I had with Barb, the biggest one was learning my body's language. I would confidently recommend Barbara's services and her abilities to support anyone who's looking to connect deeper with their body, soul and mind." R.
'I have worked with Barb extensively in the past. Barb was insightful, kind, warm and accepting in her guidance and skill as a counsellor. I was able to unravel my tangled thought patterns that were keeping me trapped in a self imposed prison of perfection. She helped me find my own answers by tapping into my inner wisdom and deep knowing; she created space for me to accept and embrace my imperfections which in turn decreased my overall anxiety and increased my self love. If you are interested in doing your own 'deep work', I recommend Barb Higgins wholeheartedly! S.