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Total Embodied Therapy

No Referral Needed

The Total Embodied Therapy program is a trauma-focused therapy service for identifying Black women and identifying women of colour who have experienced and/or witnessed traumatic events that occurred during childhood (0-18 years old). These events may include:

  • experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect

  • witnessing violence in the home or community

  • have a family member die by an act of violence

  • grew up in an unstable environment where a sense of safety and bonding were undermined (e.g., parent in jail/prison, substance abuse, untreated mental health disorder, immigration)

There may be other adverse experiences you've experienced that are not listed above.

How will group therapy help me?


The TET program works in solidarity. We are rooted in Black feminist theory and anti-oppressive frameworks. We follow a  three-phased approach to healing from trauma as outlined by Judith Herman in her book Trauma and Recovery and we use a body-integrated approach informed by Dr. Peter Levine and Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk.

You will:

  • Learn about the impact and symptoms of trauma.

  • Explore new coping strategies to manage overwhelming emotions, anxiety, numbing, dissociation, flashbacks, and other trauma symptoms. 

  • Work toward understanding and identifying difficult patterns in relationships. 

  • Learn how to improve your self-care and self-soothing abilities.


What Do You Get?

The *Total Embodied Therapy program is:


  • 8-weeks, 1 session per week (Total of 8 sessions)

  • Each session is 90 minutes

  • Maximum of 6 participants per group

  • Delivered in-person (Kitchener, Ontario)

  • Program cost $80 per session. Total $640. Billed in 2 payments. 

This is a regulated psychotherapy service delivered by a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario.  

*A minimum of 3 individuals required for the program to be delivered. 

Things You Need to Know

A yoga-based group treatment model is used in the Total Embodied Therapy program.


As such, we are not able to provide 1-on-1 stabilization of mental health symptoms during group sessions. Individuals are required to have adequate affect regulation skills so as to be able to form and maintain a therapeutic relationship with the therapist and other participants.

The Total Embodied Therapy program is not a domestic abuse or sexual assault treatment program. The focus of the Program is directly related to managing the impact of symptoms related to childhood trauma. Physical and emotional safety is paramount to therapy and maximizing the benefits of the therapy and mitigating any risks of harm. We do not provide crisis services.


OMC collaborates with non-profit, universities, schools, and corporate organizations to design and facilitate onsite support group discussions lead by regulated mental health professionals about topics such as trauma, secondary trauma, emotional and psychological safety, and other related topics to help employees and leaders improve on how they cope with trauma-related stress in the workplace. 

We recognized there have been many events spotlighting the persistent systemic and structural barriers impacting our communities since 2020, and it is ongoing. It is during these times when our mental health and wellbeing are crucial. Sometimes we can get so overwhelmed by it all that taking a moment for self-care can be a very real challenge. You're not alone!


If you're working in DEI or leading similar work, I warmly invite your organization to consider this service. 


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