I'm Kayla (she/her). I am a psychotherapist who helps folks transform trauma and deepen experiences of presence and connection. My practice uses an experiential approach drawn from somatic, expressive arts, and relational psychotherapies.
I fully believe in our embodied potential for reshaping trauma through creative connection. Within my own life, and throughout my counselling career I have witnessed how meeting our somatic self through the arts can open up space for co-creating safe-enough and vibrant relationships.
My Approach: Somatic Expressive Arts Therapy
We know from abundant research that reshaping trauma is an embodied process, which goes beyond eurocentric models which prioritize cognitive and verbal thought. My practice centers embodied presence and connection, drawing upon relational expressive arts therapy and somatic experiencing.
I value a relational approach, believing safe-enough, supportive, and trusting relationships are at the heart of healing. I take seriously engaging in ongoing anti-oppressive practices needed to uphold a supportive therapeutic relationship and reshape ways of being together. Within the therapeutic process, we engage in ongoing connection with ourselves, one another, and the non-human (art materials, imagery, story, our environment).
We use the arts in order to bring a bodily, emotional, and imaginative relationship to all that we are navigating. Our process is intermodal, weaving together various arts forms, and "low-skill, high-sensitivity", meaning you do not need any artistic experience in order to engage in a creative therapy.
As Indigenous folks have known since time immemorial, our capacity to enter into supportive and reciprocal relationships extends beyond the human. We are deeply interconnected with plant and animal relations, and all other parts of the natural world. While we are always a part of nature, ecotherapy provides an option to engage in somatic expressive arts therapy in the outdoors.