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Welcome to Somatic Experiencing Ottawa.

 "Trauma is a fact of life. 

 It does not, however, have to be a life sentence." 

 Peter A. Levine 

Applications for the upcoming 2022-2024 training cycle in Ottawa are now closed.
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Upcoming Dates

2022-2024 Cycle
Beginning Level

Enrollment for this training cycle is now closed. If you are interested in taking the training but missed the enrollment deadline for Ottawa, please visit the SEI website to find opportunities outside of Ottawa.


September 8-11 2022
Beginning I Training

January 26-29 2023
Beginning II Training

April 13-16 2023
Beginning III Training

September 14-17 2023
Intermediate I Training

January 25-28 2024
Intermediate II Training

April 18-21 2024

Intermediate III Training

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The Somatic Experiencing® method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. 


The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.

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Somatic Experiencing in Ottawa:
New cohort begins this year

The next Ottawa Somatic Experiencing Professional Training will start in September 2022. For full dates, please scroll up. We are hopeful that this training will take place in-person, however there is always the possibility that it will instead be hosted virtually depending on the state of COVID-19 in Ottawa.


Applications for this training cycle remained open from March 25-April 25 2022 and are now closed. Those who have applied will be notified of their status within 6 weeks of submitting their application. There will be a $150 application fee, which will be refunded to applicants who are not accepted into the program. 

No early applications will be considered for admission, and admissions will not be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the volume of anticipated applicants, we will be reviewing each application to make sure we are admitting folks from a diversity of backgrounds and professions. Folks will also be given the opportunity to apply for a scholarship into the program.

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Ottawa Team

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Lauren Scarsella
Ottawa Training Coordinator

Lauren Scarsella is a private practitioner who works in the Ottawa area. She works with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of different areas to support clients and their emotional health. Lauren has studied and now works extensively in the fields of body-oriented psychotherapy, interpersonal neuroscience, and attachment. 



Dea Parsanishi
Ottawa Training Faculty

Dea Parsanishi lives and works on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island where she has a private practice as a trauma therapist and counsellor educator. She has worked in the helping field for the past 20 years, and currently a large portion of her work is with early developmental trauma and attachment.



We acknowledge that Ottawa, where Somatic Experiencing Ottawa is located and operates, is built on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Anishnaabe territory.

We acknowledge the inherent trauma of colonialism and colonization and it's directed impacts on Indigenous individuals, communities and land. 

We commit to providing a training opportunity that values, uplifts and honours Indigenous voices, values, and expertise in the field of trauma healing.