Attachment-informed Somatic Trauma Integration Therapy

Opening to the wisdom in our bodies with kindness

What is Relational Somatic Therapy?

RST is a trauma-informed and client-centred therapy for healing trauma and integrating painful past experiences. This style of therapy emphasizes safety and presence and is non-cathartic. This ensures that integration of the brain and nervous system happens in a way that is not disruptive to client's lives.

The “goal” of therapy is to feel more grounded, more present, more able to handle life’s challenges and develop more skills to enjoy healthy relationships.

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We sit together and bear witness to the information that your body holds. We use present time awareness of the felt sensations in the body to access information about what you need in order to heal.

The symptoms of stress and trauma exist because the body 'thinks' the trauma event is still happening. RST changes how your body and nervous system holds the past. When your nervous system releases tension, your physical, emotional, mental and psychological symptoms can disappear, leaving you ready to live your best life.

Clients become empowered, resilient and connected.

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This therapy is leading edge, incorporating the newest research regarding:

  • neuroplasticity (how the brain changes)
  • interpersonal neurobiology (how our relationships affect us and our nervous systems)
  • body-centred trauma resolution
  • Polyvagal theory
  • Attachment theory
somatic therapy research
"The research has proven that for resolving symptoms of trauma, somatic (body-based) work is what is needed." (Bessel Van der Kolk)
"We cannot change the past, but we can change how the body holds the past" (J.Mariah Moser, M.A.)

Mariah Moser is the founder of this work. To find out more,
visit her site.

RST is proven to help when you are experiencing:

  • Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Learn more)
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Feeling Stuck
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • A Desire to Live a More Authentic and Vibrant Life
  • Effects from a Traumatic Birthing Experiencing
  • Insomnia Related to Traumatic Events
  • Frustration in Your Parenting Role
  • Anxious Kids

What to expect during an RST session?

Typically 75-90 minutes, a session will unfold a little differently for each client, based on the client’s self-identified intention and needs.

In general it will look something like this:

Check in. Sit down together, talk a little bit, identify an area of focus for the session. Some clients know what they want to work with, while some clients discover that in the first 10-15 minutes of the session.

Grounding in the resource.  We typically spend some time noticing what helps you feel more like yourself, or “resourced”.  Noticing and taking in our resources (the things externally or internally that give us strength) is an important part of healing trauma.

Working with the difficulty.  We sit together with the parts of your experience that are stuck, difficult and contain trauma responses.  Together, we verbally track the sensations, gestures and images that arise when you speak of this event/experience/memory. 

Integration. As each person has a different path through to integration, sessions will look quite different from each other from this point forward.  We will discover together what is needed for you to feel resolution.

End of the session. There is time to talk about how you found your session, what you may want to learn or work on, and how I can be most useful to you during your next session.

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