“The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” –Amanda Gorman

Somatic and Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy for Couples and Individuals

What is Somatic Therapy?

Somatic Therapy addresses the connection between the mind and the body. Our bodies are sources of deep wisdom, and often times our unresolved stress, challenges, and trauma can become stuck there and manifest as symptoms like anxiety, depression, numbness, difficulty in relationships, or even unexplained body tension and pain. Somatic therapy allows us to get the body on board with cognitive awareness and promotes emotional healing on a cellular level within the nervous system. This approach creates a more resilient internal capacity that not only helps us cope with challenges in healthier, more sustainable ways, but also increases our capacity to enjoy life more fully.

Working With

Adjusting to Life Changes & Transitions | Anxiety | Attachment Issues
Body Image | Boundaries | Caregiver Issues | Codependency & Dependency
Communication Problems | Depression | Family Problems | Fear
Grief, Loss & Bereavement | Health, Illness & Medical Issues | Identity Issues
Life Purpose, Meaning & Inner-Guidance | Multicultural Concerns
Post-traumatic Stress & Trauma | Prejudice & Discrimination
Racism | Relationships & Marriage | Religious Trauma & Issues | Self-Care
Self-Compassion | Self-Confidence | Self-Criticism | Self-Doubt | Self-Esteem
Self-Love | Spirituality | Stress | Women's Issues | Workplace Issues
Young Adult Issues

Inspired by

Cognitive Behavioral | Compassion Focused | Culturally Sensitive
Feminist | Hakomi | Holistic | Internal Family Systems
Liberation Psychology | Motivational Interviewing
Polyvagal Theory | Psychodynamic | Relational
Somatic Experiencing | Systems Theory

Amanda Saint-Louis

Registered Nurse
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #143041
Supervised by Marni Levy, LMFT #99850

About Me

My somatic approach to therapy draws on my knowledge of the physical form, training in Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, Hakomi, Polyvagal Theory, and is deeply rooted in radical self-acceptance, social justice, anti-oppression, liberation psychology, and decolonizing therapy frameworks. 

I have a passion for “healing the healers” – those who give of themselves to others yet find themselves lacking the same loving support that they give every day. I hold a tender space for those who yearn to have their lived experiences acknowledged and validated, and those who want to deconstruct and reconstruct limited belief systems that prevent them from living authentically. I welcome the perfectionists and people-pleasers who seek permission to love themselves more deeply. I also welcome people who are interested in exploring and renegotiating harmful generational relational legacies. Together we can work to shift behavioral patterns that may have once been adaptive but are now holding you back from enjoying life and relationships more fully.  

The therapeutic relationship is a profoundly sacred one, and I look forward to being a compassionate and encouraging witness to your personal metamorphosis.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed if it is not faced.”
- James Baldwin

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