Amber Laing Occupational Therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Welcome. My name is Amber (she/her), and I am an Occupational Therapist and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner in Calgary, Alberta. I am also a daughter, a wife, a mother, and a sister. I have been an OT since 2011, and I completed my SEP in early 2023. I have worked in the trauma field throughout my OT career, initially with a focus in workplace and first responder trauma, and in recent years with a focus in women’s health trauma. Somatic Experiencing has become my primary approach to treatment, however I also integrate Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Exposure Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, among others.
My focus in my private practice is helping women reconnect with their bodies and sense of vitality following sexual trauma, boundary violations, medical trauma, and childbirth trauma. When our boundaries have been breached, whether sexually, medically, relationally, or in any other way, we can lose connection with ourselves. It can be harder to differentiate between what we want or don’t want. We may lose the ability to be feel our bodies and remain present in our own lives. We may start to live in fear of intimacy and connection, fear attending medical appointments, or feel disengaged from our loved ones and our lives. We can lose the ability to enjoy life’s wonders, comforts, and pleasures. My intention is to support the healing journey after trauma and boundary violations, and support reconnection with safety, presence, and joy again.
After trauma, we can endure, and come back to the heart.