We would not be able to offer the Somatic Experiencing training in Ottawa without the generous help and support from our assistants. View the brief bios of our assistants in the current cohort below. If you are currently an assistant for Somatic Experiencing training in Ottawa and do not see your information shown below, please contact us at seottawatraining@gmail.com

Alicia Wuesthoff

Pronouns: she/her

Professional Designation: SEP, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Population(s): School-based clinician in elementary school, behavioural healthcare with children and adults experiencing trauma-based anxiety, depression, and relational struggles

My love for this work endures despite how distressing it can be. My affinity for working with trauma has only been enhanced by the contribution of SE. Learning SE has been a privilege that is humbling, moving, and invigorating. I have found SE to be transformative both personally and professionally. I like to say it has turned my world upside down. This tells you a little about me as a person (hard to choose one thing!) but it is where I am moved to start as you prepare for what I hope will be your own transformative experience. While I will not be offering sessions or consults during the trainings, I hope you will consider me a supportive resource. I look forward to meeting you all in October.


Claire-Khudai Dagenais

Pronouns: she/her

Professional Designation: SEP; facilitator and trainer in Family Consellations; member of the Association of Naturopaths

Population(s): Chronic pain, medical procedure trauma, developmental trauma, grief and loss, accidents and falls

I combine many years of experience in SE, Family Consellations and spiritual practice. I very much enjoy supporting students in their learning process. My private practice is in Montreal. 


Janice Fraser

Pronouns: she/her

Professional Designation: MSW, RSW, SEP

Population(s): Adults, addictions, trauma, and supervision of other therapists

I'm so grateful to the SE community. It has deepened my practice, and has contributed greatly to my own development.

Julie Clarke

Pronouns: she/her

Professional Designation: SEP, Child and Youth Care Practitioner, Registered Psychotherapist

Population(s): Children and adults

I recently purchased a new puppy I am training to be a therapy dog. She is an Australian Shepherd and her name is Sage. 

Kari Kokko

Pronouns: she/her

Professional Designation: MSW, RSW, SEP

Population(s): Adults, trauma, and borderline personality disorder

I love backwoods canoe tripping; I try to do 4-5 trips each year, and especially love taking out friends and family who have never been before and introducing them to this way of exploring and of being in nature.

Nadine Bazaz

Pronouns: she/elle

Professional Designation: Body-mind support / Accompagnement psychocorporel (SE, Touch, NARM, and other modalities)

Population(s): Teens and adults / ados et adultes

Reconcile the Body, Heart, and Mind. Inequalities, violence, uprooting, exile, loss, grief, separation, illness, isolation... My intention is to provide a space where you will feel safe and welcome just as you are. Together, we will discover your ways of reconciliation. 

Reconcilier le Corps, le Coeur, et l'Espirit. Inegalites, violence, deracinement, exil, pertes, deuil, separation, maladie, isolement... Mon intention est d'offrir un espace ou vous vous sentirez en securite et accuellie telle que vous etes. Nous decovrirons ensemble vos voies de reconcilation.

Rebecca Minish

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Professional Designation: Registered Social Worker

Population(s): Specializes in sexual violence/relational trauma, mental health/addictions, and community work with marginalized populations

I want SE students to know that I'm passionate about and committed to accessibility, advocacy, and community work. I've recently left the non-profit sector after many years, and am looking for creative ways to keep these values centered in my work.

Rhonda Miller

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Professional Designation: RCAT, RP

Population(s): Rhonda currently supports family members of fallen, ill or injured soldiers in CFB Petawawa. She has also worked in the Northwest Territories in a remote community as an Art Therapist. 

Rhonda is excited to be assisting at an SE training for the first time. Rhonda will not be offering sessions or consults over the training weekend.

Robin Harnden

Pronouns: she/her

Professional Designation: RP, soon to be SEP

Population(s): Individuals/adults

Tracy Montgomery

Pronouns: she/her 

Professional Designation: Somatic Sex Educator and Certified Sexological Bodyworker

Population(s): Individuals and partnered folx to support their journey to sexual wholeness

I work and play on the traditional lands of the Algonquin, Anishnaabe and Huron Wendat peoples, colonially known as Ottawa, ON. I facilitate the Ottawa Snugle Salon and offer workshops on a variety of healthy sexuality topics, serve as secretary to the Somatic Sex Educators Association and the creative admin for the Institute for the Study of Sexology. I am honoured to work with folx to help them bring more pleasure and aliveness into their lives. I will not be offering sessions or consults but I love to talk about my work so please find me during the breaks.

Angela Slaney

Daniel Dumont

Evan Callan

Gabrielle Nawratil

Hye Kam 

Janis Dahl

Line McCarthy

Nouha Ali-Ahmad

Rose Matousek

Susanne Reinhold