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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 

Our Advanced training program is underway this year!
Advanced One: September 11-16, 2024 (Waitlist only)
Advanced Two: April 11-16, 2025 (Applications open)
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Upcoming Dates

September 11th-16th, 2024
Advanced I Training

April 11th-16th, 2025
Advanced II 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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If you are currently enrolled in the 2022-2024 Ottawa SE training cycle and have questions about upcoming trainings, please visit our Current Students page.


If you still have questions, contact us by email at

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.

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