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About Me

Hello! My name is Stephanie Kale (she/her) and the founder of Embodied Mind Psychotherapy. I am a registered member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO #10101) practicing in Ottawa, Canada, and I provide individual therapy to people 18 years and older.

Since 2019, I have been providing individual therapy in private practice and in community health settings. I have supported people with PTSD and complex trauma, anxiety and mood disorders, self-esteem issues, substance use and addiction issues, interpersonal issues, grief and loss, spiritual and existential issues, chronic pain and illness, and life transitions.  

I have a master’s degree in Counselling and Spirituality and am currently pursuing a PhD in Counselling and Spirituality at Saint Paul University, with a specific research focus on body-based approaches to working with PTSD and complex trauma in psychedelic-assisted therapy settings in clinical research trials.

I have taken advanced clinical trainings on working with PTSD, complex trauma, and dissociation from an integrated, somatic-inclusive approach with leaders in the trauma recovery field. I am committed to continuing to grow and learn by keeping up with evidence-informed practices and integrating these practices into the work I do with clients.  

Embodiment practices of dance, exercise, yoga, and meditation, have been a lifelong wellspring for my health and wellbeing, and I aim to bring these experiences and passion of exploring the connection between mind and body into my work with clients. 

Before becoming a therapist, I worked in various roles for more than a decade in the federal public service, mostly in support of postsecondary research. Although I enjoyed my career as a public servant, I felt and then followed a pull towards the world of psychotherapy and working more directly in the helping professions. This mid-life career change allows me to understand and deeply appreciate the questions about meaning and purpose that may arise at different times in our life and the emotions and risks it might take to follow such curiosities.

My previous education before becoming a psychotherapist is obtaining an MA in political economy (Carleton University) and a BA in international relations (University of Windsor). I have also completed graduate level work in journalism (Carleton University) and in dance/movement therapy (National Centre for Dance Therapy, Les Grands Ballets).   

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My Approach

Client-centred. I believe you are the expert of your own experience and I am in a supportive role to help explore your inner world and to re-find your inner compass that leads toward growth, healing, and health.

Attachment-oriented. Early relationships inform a sense of self, others, and the world, and together we may try to find ways to help listen and respond to your deepest emotional needs and find a way to safe, secure relationships.

Somatic-oriented. Our body holds patterned ways of relating to self, others, and the world, and through exploration and cultivating mindfulness of the connection between body and mind, we can shift these patterns towards greater self-awareness, self-compassion, and joy.

Trauma-informed and relational. The possibility to heal from trauma relies first and foremost on establishing a space and a relationship with me that you may come to trust. Together, we will focus and expand upon your strengths and resilience that got you through difficult times in life. Creating this stable environment first allows us to journey together towards exploring and processing traumatic experiences.      

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“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

What does the body have to do with therapy?

We think in bodies. We feel in bodies. Our whole conscious experience is wrapped up in and animated by this body. So let's explore our embodied experience together in therapy.  

My integrated approach to therapy, combines traditional talk therapy with body-based and mindfulness approaches, such as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Focusing-oriented therapy. These approaches draw from the latest neuroscientific research on trauma recovery and emotion regulation, and will help you get in touch with your deeper felt sense of yourself.  

Together, we can explore your thoughts and feelings, while also making space and inviting a mindful awareness of the body by paying attention to inner sensations, patterns of tensions and release, and impulses to move, as we explore the various stories of your life.

In my research and clinical experience, cultivating a mindful awareness of our body may open up more paths to finding wellbeing and a sense of groundedness amid difficult emotions and memories, especially when we feel stuck in habitual thoughts, feelings, and physical reactions.   

Together we can move towards embodied change.