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  • “A walk in nature, walks the soul back home.”
    – Mary Davis

About Me

As a young kid, I remember getting lost in imaginative, magical games with my sisters.  We would spend hours turning our basement into far away places, or when the weather was nice, head out into the forest. We would dress up in costumes and fully immerse ourselves in the stories that unfolded from our imaginations.

As I entered the school years, this kind of play and creativity became harder to access.

The pressures of school and homework, daily routines, rule following and wanting to fit in with my peers, all led to worries and self doubt.  My teachers referred to me as the ‘shy kid’. I only had a few close friends and rarely raised my hand to participate in class.

Once I reached my teen years, stress and anxiety continued to be a constant companion. When I changed schools, it became even harder to make new friends and fit in. I found refuge in my school books and would spend hours studying in my room.  I remember my parents trying to encourage me to try extra curricular activities and I felt terrified.

 

 

I had this pervasive feeling of not belonging, and that I was constantly an outsider. I developed a belief that I wasn’t good enough to try sports or art, so I kept to my books, where I excelled.

In my 20’s, I embarked on some amazing adventures with a close group of friends including camping trips with friends across Ontario and volunteering in orphanages in Romania.. However, In many ways, my life felt pretty small as self doubt, self criticism and anxiety held me back from trying new things and meeting new people.

These fears increased during my Masters of Counselling degree, when I realized that I couldn’t hide behind my books anymore. As a new therapist, I felt inadequate and was nervous that I wouldn’t know what to say or what to do. More importantly, it felt vulnerable and scary to put my books down and make real connections with other people.

Just at the point when I was beginning to lose hope, I decided to follow a deep curiousity inside of me and check out a local salsa club. My friend and I had so much fun that we decided to sign up for a dance class. It was at that first class, as I let my body move, that I began to experience a feeling of aliveness and wholeness that I had never felt before. Amongst this welcoming new community, I found not only a sense of belonging, but delighted in moving and connecting with my own body.

This expansion eventually led me to become more curious about other activities like hiking and skiing that engaged the whole body. I was reminded of the terrifying feelings of being pressured into extra-curricular activities, but now it was different, and I felt like that child creatively playing in the basement once again.

Many of the worries and self doubt fell away as I experienced an increase in energy and a newfound sense of happiness, confidence, and self-love.

Naturally, I became curious about my own journey and how I could support my clients to experience a similar transformation. I shifted my focus to researching and studying the body and understanding how to include the body in the counselling process.

What unfolded next was a deeper journey into my body and understanding basic survival instincts like fight, flight and freeze. I began to understand how a lot of the suffering I had gone through was a result of my body trying to protect itself and the healing I experienced through dance and nature had allowed me to begin to unwind these deeply held patterns.

I began to spend more time outside, connecting to trees and plants and noticing how my body responded.  As I tuned into nature’s rhythms, I understood the importance of slowing down. I realized how out of touch I really was with nature’s rhythms and how much the natural world had to teach me.

I was starting to understand my place in the greater web of life.  All living beings, including all humans are interconnected and thrive, within reciprocal relationships. This was the deeper level of belonging I didn’t even know I was looking for all these years.

Reconnecting to my body led me home into the natural world. Stress, anxiety, and trauma take us away from this innate sense of belonging. It is possible to return to the reciprocal relationship between body and earth and find your home.

I would love to help guide your way.

Angela Herzog MA, RP, CCC, SEP

Professional Bio

Angela is a Registered Psychotherapist through the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.  She is also a Certified Canadian Counsellor and a licensed Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.

Angela holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Counselling and Spirituality from University of Ottawa.  Angela has also completed the comprehensive trauma training, Somatic Experiencing, and is now an international assistant for these trainings.  Angels uses the therapeutic approaches of Somatic Experiencing,attachment therapy, Internal Family Systems therapy, nature and expressive arts therapy.

Angela has held various positions within the Social Service Sector  before launching her private practice. These positions supported various populations within many agencies, including young mothers, survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and childhood abuse, homeless youth and adults suffering with severe mental illness.

Angela recently completed an Eco-Spirituality program through the Living Centre to further explore the importance of nature connection.  Bringing her passions together, she has created outdoor therapy groups guided by Somatic Experiencing principles.

Reconnecting to my body led me home into the natural world.

Stress, anxiety, and trauma take us away from this innate sense of belonging and aliveness.

It is possible to return to the reciprocal relationship between body and earth and find your home.

I would love to help guide your way.