SE During COVID-19

Somatic Experiencing Ottawa is committed to delivering a safe and effective training program to all students. With that in mind, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our typical idea of what a training weekend looks like.


SE Ottawa continues to keep informed on Ottawa-specific recommendations and guidance from local public health officials and experts.

Ottawa Team

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Our Ottawa SE Team is small but dedicated. Each team member brings with them a unique perspective on Somatic Experiencing, with each having careers outside of the Ottawa training. They are committed to working collaboratively to ensure that your learning experiencing in Ottawa is fun, thoughtful, inclusive, and valuable.

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 Lauren by visiting her website.

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.

Allie James

Registered Social Service Worker

Assistant to Lauren Scarsella, Somata Talk Inc.

Allie James is an assistant to Lauren Scarsella, supporting Lauren in both her private practice and her role as Coordinator for Somatic Experiencing Ottawa. While not an SEP or Somatic Experiencing student, Allie dedicates themself to deconstructing oppressive power systems that contribute to complex trauma. Outside of Somatic Experiencing trainings, the bulk of Allie's professional career has been done in the fields of addictions, mental health and harm reduction. 


Ottawa Assistants

In Ottawa, we are happy to have a group of Assistants from a variety of different backgrounds and locations supporting our students.


Assistants are present for the duration of a training to help students solidify what they have learned and provide them with feedback on how they practice SE principles. Each Assistant brings something truly unique to the program, enabling a learning environment with varying perspectives and areas of expertise such as psychotherapy, yoga, movement, massage therapy, sex therapy, and more.

To view our list of Assistants for the 2022-2024 training cycle in Ottawa, visit our Assistants Team page

Training Cost & Scholarships

The cost to take Somatic Experiecing is $895+HST per module for the Beginning and Intermediate Levels. Both Beginning and Intermediate levels are made up of three separate modules. 

For students who may not otherwise be able to attend the training, we have limited scholarships at either a 25% or 50% fee reduction. With this scholarship, we aim to provide 20% of all Ottawa students with a fee reduction that will help them take the training and bring course teachings to marginalized individuals and communities. Students seeking a scholarship will submit their Scholarship Application with their general course application form.

Please note that our scholarship program is Ottawa-specific, and may not be relevant to other SE training locations.

Refunds & Cancellations

Due to overhead costs and administrative fees associated with the training, we are only able to offer a full refund if notice of cancellation is given 60 days prior to the first day of the training. If notice of cancellation is given between 59 and 45 days prior to the start date of the training, we are able to provide a 75% refund of the total fee. If notice is given between 30 and 45 days, you will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be provided for cancellations made less than thirty days before the training. This policy does not apply if we receive your tuition payment after reaching capacity for the training. You will simply receive a refund.