Emily Khalsa-Smith

All people possess innate healing wisdom. At times, our experiences can limit our ability to access that wisdom through defensive, protective patterns that help us in moments of trauma, but long term may erode our relationship to our aliveness. Therapy offers the conditions to bring us back into relationship with our resilience. As a somatic psychotherapist, I support my clients to be agents in their own healing through the integrated dimensions of mind, body, and spirit. My task as a therapist is to be with my clients as they explore their history and grow in their capacity to be more fully alive in their life and relationships in the present.

My approach is trauma-informed, strength-based and client centered. It is grounded in the embodied theories of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Polyvagal Theory, Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, and liberation psychology. My work is informed by 20 years of personal practice in yoga, meditation and breathwork, Clinical Ayurveda, and a background in the visual and performing arts.