- About Laurene -

I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (R) using body-based theory to renegotiate incident crisis such as accidents, and also interrupted early development attachment issues such as peri-natal trauma, surgeries, severe childhood illness, adoption.

Recently I have joined the team of teaching assistants supporting this 3 year training for professional mental health specialists and have assisted in both the United Sates and Canada.

My work is the culmination of life experience, academic degrees, specialized certifications and most importantly, a true desire to assist others on their path to emotional wellness.

My early professional life was as a classical musician, concert halls and university. A move to the country soon altered my world-view and the horse became pivotal. I have trained and competed in long-distance endurance. Keeping horses fit means not only maintaining them physically, but also supporting them relationally for they are very social creatures. You have to be partners in every sense.

Coaching and mentoring young people and adults through stress and anxiety in music performance and horse competitions was the first step on the path to coalesce my life learning. I discovered the academic world of Interpersonal Neurobiology and embraced the concepts immediately. I had been instinctively living and teaching it all these years with my students and with horses, exploring the subtleties involved in relationships, successful performance, emotional health and equilibrium.

Levine Somatic Experiencing is the continuing study of trauma recovery and emotional well being. It is a revolutionary approach to emotional health that is substantiated by modern neuroscience and supported clinically by Peter Levine, Judith Herman, Bessel van der Kolk, Laurence Heller, Pat Ogden, and Janina Fisher.

Both with and without horses, supporting clients and helping them to integrate and make sense of their lives has become my life's work. I honour this because I know that emotional wellness is possible. Each one of us has the capacity to move toward wholeness and experience a full expansive life with meaning, equilibrium and joyous purpose.


Education and Professional Organizations

Hon.B.Mus, B.Ed - Educator and Consultant
SETI : Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner TM
Assistant Trainer for Somatic Experiencing North America
NEUROFEEDBACK NeurOptimal TM Provider
EAGALA : Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association - Certified Equine and Mental Health Specialist
TRE: Tension and Trauma Release Exercises - Certified Practitioner
GIM: Guided Imagery Music Care - Registered Practitioner

Licensed and Insured: Ontario Association of Counsellors, Consultants, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists
Member: SE Trauma Institute
Ontartio Equestrian Federation

I am an active member of the Rotary Club, have served on and chaired several committees and in 2011 worked as a member of a sweat equity project building a technical college in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

I have served on the Board of Greenword Coalition and participated in their Expressive Arts program. The Greenwood Coalition is an outreach organization for citizens in the Port Hope, Cobourg area.

I am a poet and member of the Cobourg Poetry Workshop and Poetry in Cobourg Spaces.

I have been guest speaker and given many public presentations throughout my career.

Contact me: info@dawningvista.com

I am available for initial free individual consultation.

All Communication is completely confidential
and privacy is protected.

My practice adheres to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
as outlined by the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors,
Psychometrists and Psychotherapists.