Lori Clarke, PhD, MA, CCC, SEP

More About Lori

When a client has experienced loss of a loved one, a relationship, career, or sense of self, Lori’s calm, listening presence and skill is supportive and non-judgemental. Lori has experience working with dying persons and their families, bereaved persons, young adults, parents, caregivers, and professionals who seek support in order to find greater work-life balance. If you feel overwhelmed by anxiousness, are experiencing depression, or need support with the many feelings that arise with life transition, grief, and bereavement, Lori’s approach may be what you are looking for.

Education and Professional Affiliations

Lori received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University (1990), a Master of Arts in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (1995), and an Interdisciplinary PhD at Memorial University of Newfoundland (2019). She is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP), certified by the Somatic Experiencing® International (SEI), and an active Clinical and Somatic Practitioner member of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).

Your Insurance Coverage

Lori is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCC #3865) and a registered individual psychotherapy provider for Veterans and family members through Veteran’s Affairs Canada, and Medavie Blue Cross. Many insurance policies cover my services but coverage depends on your policy.

If you’re curious, here’s more of my story.

I grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and spent childhood summers both in town and around the bay, in the woods and on beaches in Conception Bay North, where I learned to love the trees, water, birds and other critters of the Earth. As a teenager I had the privilege of participating in the early years of Sound Symposium – a new music and sound event founded by percussionist, teacher and cultural leader Don Wherry (1935-2001) and his wife Kathy Clarke Wherry who continues the event today. I attended workshops with important new music and interdisciplinary artists whose work had a formative impact in my life, feeding my own embodied sense of inquiry and play and introducing me to the ways of Deep Listening and improvisation.

My psychotherapy practice, scholarship and art all begin with listening and returning to body wisdom. I have cultivated these ways through my own challenges and struggles and the blessings of life’s journey. I have had wonderful teachers, friends, and community support along the way. Some of my most important teachers have included Lee Saunders, Ian J Grand, and Don Hanlon Johnson.

After years living and studying in Montreal and San Francisco I returned to St. John’s in 1997 where I continued raising my son as a single parent. Continuing more than 30 years of interdisciplinary art practice, I now collaborate with artists – writers, dancers, theatre artists and musicians–  offering a unique somatic and spiritual care approach to creative process, dramaturgy and production. I also continue contribute the occasional sound design and musical scores for independent film and contemporary dance.

In 2016 I launched Resonance to focus my energy on offering individual therapy for adults, as well as group work including retreats and listening walks. Research interests have included my doctoral inquiry into climate change experience, loss, threat, and adaptation, and how to support persons and nervous systems to engage creatively, and in ways that move towards greater ecological and social justice.

I live in the woods at Maddox Cove, looking out over Motion Bay, near St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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