Dea Parsanishi


Dea is Ottawa's Somatic Experiencing teacher. She will be teaching Beginning through Advanced from 2019-2021.

Berns Galloway


Berns will be teaching Somatic Experiencing in Ottawa for the Advanced I (in 2019) and Advanced II (in 2020) levels.

Lauren Scarsella


Lauren is Ottawa's Somatic Experiencing coordinator. She is the main contact person for any SE related questions.

Dea Parsanishi

Body-Oriented Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor 

Somatic Experiencing Ottawa Teacher

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.

Dea has been blessed to work in a number of isolated First Nations communities and was taught how communities survive multi-generational trauma, the importance of spirituality in healing, and the overlap between SE and some traditional ways of healing. This experience informs and affects her work with both First Nations and non-First Nations people.

Dea works from a body-oriented perspective, incorporating SE, movement, touch and touch awareness in her practice. She also likes to play on a regular basis. To that end, she works and plays with a fabulous team of SE-affiliated people and can often be found at trainings making jokes in the back of the room and eating chocolate. She surfs, wanders around in the woods, builds parts of her house with her husband, and is part of the Canadian Knitting Co-operative.

Berns Galloway

Somatic Psychotherapist, Educator, Canadian Certified Counsellor 

Somatic Experiencing Ottawa Teacher for Advanced I & II

Berns Galloway's first professional incarnation was as an elementary teacher in New Brunswick and Northwest Territories, Canada. After 12 years of being in front of the classroom his focus shifted to psychotherapeutic group work. He studied various humanistic approaches and bodywork at PD Seminars, then earned a Masters degree from the University of Victoria in 1995.

Berns has worked as a mental health therapist for a non-profit community agency, providing short term therapy to adults, training and supervising volunteers, and supervising graduate students' practica. He also maintains a private practice. In 2000, Somatic Experiencing entered his life and has since been a major focus in his professional orientation. Incorporating SE bodywork/touch has deepened his experience and strengthened the impact of the therapeutic process.

Early in his SE learning process, Berns was privileged to be part of a gifted training team working with First Nations peoples on Vancouver Island. The depth of the trauma and commitment to change foreshadowed the transformation through the healing process. He is grateful and humbled to have witnessed this process. For him, it helped him to appreciate the organicity of somatic work, the power of connection, and the necessity of embodying the full range of life's energy. Collaboration and connection is key. We are not meant to go-it alone. He continues to marvel at, and be awed by, the continuous richness Somatic Experiencing offers.

Lauren Scarsella 

MA, Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor 

Somatic Experiencing Ottawa 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. 

Lauren will often be found in her Ottawa office with Tilly, her young French Bulldog, who is a regular source of support for her clients.

Learn more about through Lauren by visiting her website.

Allie James


Assistant to Lauren Scarsella, SomataTalk Inc.

Allie James is the assistant to Lauren Scarsella. She supports Lauren in both her private practice

and in her role as Coordinator for Somatic Experiencing Training in Ottawa. Allie and Lauren

co-manage the Somatic Experiencing e-mail account. You'll hear back from one of them after

submitting any applications to the program, or simply if you have an inquiry. 

Allie spends her non-work time curled up on the couch with her two cats, Petey and Franklin.