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Somatic Synergy​​​​

somatic psychotherapist & therapeutic coach

"helping you restore the wisdom of your body"

Welcome, a little bit about me...

I'm a Somatic Psychotherapist and  Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner who has worked in the field of
mental health, addictions and trauma for over 15 years.

I am also the Founder and President of Enveco Health – a social enterprise that will assist those living with mental health conditions regain wellness, retain employment and be supported in their personal recovery in a nurturing therapeutic community setting.

I am passionate about mental health and I honour the courage it takes for someone to do the work on themselves to resolve their past and move forward with freedom and vitality. I take a holistic approach to mental health and well-being incorporating a number of modalities to help you develop a strong bodily container and a greater state of regulation.

I graduated from the Australian Institute of Core (Bio) Energetics Body Psychotherapy in 2006 and further specialist training in Australia under the qualified team from the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute founded by Dr Peter Levine, as well as a Bachelor of Applied Social Science with the Australian College of Applied Psychology,

I enjoy expanding my knowledge and professional skills in the body-mind sector. making sure that I keep up to date with the latest techniques and research both nationally and internationally. I believe that the mind and body are intrinsically connected to our overall health and well being and that many "disorders' are a sign that the nervous system is stuck or dysregulated.
 
 I have the capacity to hold a space for someone without judgement as I support you to reach the core of your issues, allowing you to open up to the possibility of change and moving towards a renewed sense of embodiment. With a priority placed on establishing a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, every session is tailored to your individual needs.
 
Join me as I facilitate the safe space you need to gently tap into the wisdom of your body and let it guide you where you need to go. Call now for a complimentary 30-minute phone consultation!
Call Moniquea on 0415 96 43 48


"Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold
inside in the absence of an empathetic witness"
Dr Peter Levine

MIND

Types of Services

What is Somatic Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing?
How is it different to talk therapy?

Somatic Psychotherapy, also known as Body Psychotherapy,  encompasses a variety of approaches to psychological health. It acknowledges the importance of the body in forming our experience of life and actively uses the body in therapy as a source of information and a resource for healing.

The feelings, emotions and impulses that arise from the body are an integral part of our experience of life but we often repress, cut off or don't recognize them due to our physiological and psychological adaptations to the constraints of our environment.

Working with the body in psychotherapy opens up a wealth of options for understanding, experiencing and healing that conventional talk therapy is often unable to tap into. This is due to the control of the conscious over cognition and verbal expression, the body's role in creating the physical sensations that are the root of emotion and the body's role in maintaining the muscular tension that anchors and reinforces our characterological responses to our environment.

Somatic Psychotherapy helps us deal with our concerns by helping us become deeply aware of our bodily sensations, feelings and impulses as well as our emotions, thoughts and behaviour.

Somatic Experiencing®

Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life's work of Dr Peter A. Levine resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application.

The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma. SE offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. 

It provides effective skills appropriate to a variety of healing professions including mental health, medicine, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, first response, education, and others.

The SE approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. 

This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions

BODY

What Others Say

  1. "Moniquea is incredibly intuitive, in sessions I felt very safe and held. She was very in tune with me and perceptive, she knew exactly how to hold the space and guide the sessions. She is also very professional, exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced which made me feel I could trust her completely. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is struggling with any stress or trauma."
    Joanna
  2. Moniquea is a caring and warm hearted coach, she has amazing intuitive abilities. Since working with Moniquea I have renewed self confidence, energy and drive, the things that I thought were stopping me have just fallen away, I see life in a whole new way. I would highly recommend Moniquea as a coach and therapist.
    Arleen
  3. I saw Moniquea having dealt with an intense bout of anxiety, my partner found her online and spoke to her before me, she was very helpful in the start up process and tried to make me feel at ease as I was incredibly nervous. Upon meeting we clicked instantly, there's no pressure or clip board clinical feeling.. I didn't feel judged, I felt like I was being 'seen' for the first time..she got me.
    Chris
  4. I'm pleased with the experience I had with Moniquea - she is very professional and easy to talk to. I completed her 12 week program, I feel that I have the tools to carry on improving and that I can be my own therapist to some extent. I wouldn't say that I am 'cured' - that would be unrealistic - but I am in a much better place than I was originally and I am much more resilient now. I would highly recommend her to anybody.
    Jennifer
  5. I came to Moniquea regarding the unwanted impact of physical and mental stress I was experiencing from prolonged exposure to stress without managing it. I was able to work through my issues in a calm safe space with an understanding person who understood my discomfort. I was able in a short time to feel inner peace, validated that I didn't need to put up with my situation and that I was in control and had techniques that I could put into practice for future events.
    Ron
  6. I would definitely recommend Moniquea to those needing a sound person capable of understanding and offering the correct professional experience to help them overcome their issues. Importantly while in session the environment and nature Moniquea has means you can feel calm and secure to feel comfortable to really tackle your issues allowing the space to help guide and mange you through any difficult points and share her expertise and knowledge to best help you.
    Michelle
  7. Choosing to work with Moniquea was one of the best decisions I have made. Challenging, kind and thoughtful, Moniquea used multiple techniques and approaches to help me understand, manage and control anxiety. A mix of theory and really practical support meant I could tackle the problems I faced and feel a real difference almost immediately. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Moniquea. She has supported me to change my life, make real choices and be genuinely empowered for the first time in my life. I also sleep soundly, which I thought was impossible. I can't speak highly enough of this service.
    Liz
  8. After suffering with anxiety for years a friend highly recommended me to see Moniquea (the best thing I have ever done) I was in such a state when I first saw her but even after my first session I was amazed thinking somebody actually understands me! After 8 sessions I can honestly say I have never felt better my life has totally changed. Moniquea has taught me how to overcome anxious feelings and deal with it on a daily basis. I can never thank her enough she has been brilliant.
    Rachelle
  9. I found the whole experience really enlightening, at first I wasn't sure how it would really help me, but when it came to the crunch and I took the techniques and put them into practise it really worked for me. I highly recommend this to anyone, understanding my body and allowing me to process what needed to happen but didn't, has changed my life, I was so dis-heartened by talk therapy, somatic therapy just works! thanks again.
    Peter
  10. WOW! A phenomenally empowering, positive and person centred therapy/coaching service that supported me, at my own pace, to find my inner joy again. I would highly recommend this service, for me it really helped turn my negative behaviour's and attitudes into positive behaviour's and attitudes. I am so glad I chose to work with Moniquea. The care and attention I received was second to none and Moniquea is a really lovely person.Thank you so very very much.
    Natalie
"Emotion is the chief source of all becoming conscious. There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion."

Carl Jung