A revolutionary approach to healing trauma


 "Trauma is a fact of life.  It does NOT, however, have to be a life sentence."

- Dr. Peter Levine



After many years of training and experience, I developed a unique and effective treatment approach, blending somatic therapy, somatic touch work, counseling, spirituality and intuitive resources for restorative healing. 

Somatic Experiencing is a biophysiological approach to healing trauma. It resets the nervous system, restores inner balance, enhances resilience to stress and increases people's vitality, equanimity and capacity to actively engage in life.                          

In session, we spend just enough time on the "story" and focus more on how the body responds.  Somatic work is very different than traditional talk therapy.  There is no need to revisit painful experiences; the focus of treatment is to regulate the system and resource the body.  This process helps the person to feel better, heal and experience "trauma" resolution.  Our primary focus is to invite relief by calming (regulating) the system and by "creating" energetic space so that the body can do what it is designed to do, heal.  When the nervous system is less stressed (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually) and more regulated, it has greater capacity to function, heal and thrive.

The conscious mind determines one's actions, the unconscious mind determines one's reactions. This approach focuses more on the body's memory.  This body-based approach is geared towards releasing the body's emotional conditioning and reactions that interfere with life today.

Offices are located in Stamford and Southbury CT.  Please call 203-966-5509 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

As of July 2018, Valerie is an out-of-network provider.   Please refer to "Session Details" section for more information about insurance coverage.


Valerie Candela 


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