queer somatic psychotherapy

Xris - queer somatic psychotherapy

The intersections I work from are queer (2SLGBTIAQ+), polyam, kink, alternative family, body positive, and I specialize in religious trauma.

Contact Xris

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Welcome to my queer somatic psychotherapy practice. I identify as queer and non-binary, and I offer a holistic approach to healing that understands the connection of body, mind and spirit.

My approach

My practice is grounded in a trauma-informed perspective. This includes an anti-oppression lens, and a critical disability approach to wellness. I empower clients to build on their strengths by connecting them to their own embodied wisdom.

I take a gentle approach to helping clients become aware of patterns that no longer serve them. When life feels overwhelming or confusing, it can be difficult for us to navigate alone. This is one of the reasons people seek therapy. Within the safe container of the therapist-client relationship, we can make sense of our emotions as we tune in to the sensations in our bodies. And, above all, we can come into alignment with our authentic self.

modalities

  • attachment based
  • compassionate
  • EFFT
  • existential
  • expressive arts
  • integrative
  • IFS
  • person-centred
  • relational
  • somatic
  • strength-based
  • trauma focused

Specialties

  • addiction
  • anxiety and depression
  • divorce and family conflict
  • gender transitions
  • grief
  • life transitions
  • parenting
  • relationship issues
  • religious and spiritual trauma
  • trauma and ptsd

qualifications

  • MPS, with Certification in Spirituality and Psychotherapy (UofT)

  • Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) CRPO #009378

  • Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP#6766-S)

  • BA Human Services, and Diploma in Social Service Work (SSW)

fees

Fees are based on a variety of factors that are not limited to income. Some things to consider include: student loans, survivor credit card debt, access to employment, immigration / refugee/ precarious status, disability, or supporting others beyond immediate family.  Because some of these factors might influence your decision making, we can work together to determine what rate is appropriate for your needs. I am open to discuss payment options before or during our first session. Then you may be added to a wait list for a sliding-scale sessions.

Annual IncomeCost per Session (50 min)
< $30,000Lower Sliding Scale (currently full)
$30,000 – $50,000$120
$50,000 – $70,000$135
$70,0000 – $90,000$150

** A few things to note: All payments must be sent before or right after each session. Costs are listed in Canadian dollars, and sales tax is on top of prices, which is set according to each province standard. I am set up to receive e-transfer to kris.hamilton.therapy@gmail.com or pre-authorized payment via VISA, set up through OWL’s online client portal, and receipts will be issued following each session for personal records, or insurance claim purposes.

Further Information

What Is Somatic psychotherapy?

Somatic psychotherapy is about understanding that there is a relationship between the body (soma) and mind (psyche). This happens in a variety of ways. For example, we may use a combination of physical techniques, including artistic expression, breath work, mindfulness, or other physical practices. Together, I can help you tune in to the sensations you feel in your body. And, in time, we will work towards experiencing relief from long held traumatic tension.

QUeer Somatic Psychotherapy

I use the term “queer somatic psychotherapy” as my way of fully embracing a positive view of all 2SLGBTIQA+ identities and experiences. Navigating the world of gender can feel complicated, especially for those who are two-spirit, trans, intersex, nonbinary, agender, or those with other genders. As a nonbinary person, I can relate to the experience of looking for someone who gets it. Additionally, it can be difficult to find a therapist who understands the diversity of sexuality and romantic attraction. This includes: lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, pan/omnisexual, kinky, polyamorous, ethical non-monogamous, biromantic, asexual, and other queer identities.

Person-Centred, Relational

Person-centred, relational therapy assumes that healing can happen in and through a therapeutic relationship where you are seen and accepted just as you are. In my practice I work with clients to (re)connect to themselves and their communities, fostering awareness and self-compassion. Therefore, making it possible for change and growth to take place.

Religious and Spiritual Trauma

I understand trauma as the disconnection from our mind – body – spirit that occurs when we are overwhelmed. And then trauma gets trapped in the body in ways that the mind cannot always express or understand. My area of specialty is working with the effects of Religious Trauma Syndrome, which can resemble complex post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I know from my own experience just how damaging religious teachings can be to queer individuals. So, it is my practice to offer a holistic approach that considers the ways that we (re)connect to ourselves, our community, nature, and divinity.

Resources and Referrals

Pip and I work in tandem on many projects while each staying within our individual scope of practice. Pip’s work is in post-religious spirituality, and they provide a number of services to those seeking spiritual companionship and rites of passage.

Please reach out for additional resources, referrals or information.

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