Welcome

Trans-led and telehealth-based psychotherapy practice providing mental health counselling to support your exploration of growth, change, healing, and embodiment.

Inclusive

The parts of you that may feel worried, depressed, isolated, lost, scared, shame, or stuck are invited to seek refuge here as we collaborate to deepen a kind of radical care that accepts and welcomes all of you—accepted, affirmed, and respected.

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Anti-ableist

My telehealth-based counselling practice prioritizes equitable access to psychotherapy for persons with disabilities. The virtual platform can include adjustments that adapt well to meet the needs of folx with sensory sensitivity, low vision, and hearing loss.

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Embodied

As trans* and queer humans, rarely have we felt the chance to feel at home in our bodies and explore where our body edges safely meet the world around us. Exploring embodiment is an integral part of my online therapy practice and my somatic approach.

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A psychotherapy practice that explores queer liberation through embodiment

Queer embodiment does not come to us by waiting for a better life. Instead it is made possible through our awareness of every moment when we resist the traps of cisheteronormativity and ableism and rediscover the nourishing possibilities dreamed of and practiced by our queer ancestors, communities, and kinship. In the quiet times between fighting for affirming healthcare, accessible learning, meaningful work, loving partnership, and, most importantly, the right to experience and express our aliveness, we have the chance to reacquaint ourselves with the inner wisdom of how to feel at home in our skin, sink our toes into the lush green earth, and speak from a place of deep knowing.

You will learn to know your truth by the way it feels

Hi, I’m Clayre Sessoms, MCP-AT, RCC, CCC. My pronouns are she/they. I’m a blind and parafeminine human in my mid-forties with bob-length greying hair and a down-to-earth personality. I practice as a Registered Clinical Counsellor of British Columbia (BCACC RCC #18118), a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCPA CCC #10006504), and a Counselling Therapist of Alberta (ACTA CT #2035). I have received advanced training and supervision in gender-reaffirming care, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR, and Focusing.

I’m a white settler on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, and I’m committed to learning how white supremacy and capitalism torment racialized, disabled, trans*, and queer bodies. My work is influenced by the exploration of a felt sense as I learn to acknowledge, name, and respect the roots of my somatic practice; the insights gained from my former careers as a bodyworker, a gentle yoga teacher, and a writer; and the deep longing to return to nature to remind myself of the possibilities of health and/or harmony after so much harm.

Welcome to the website for my online therapy practice. Here, I aim to provide an accessible and equitable tech-based somatic psychotherapy practice that prioritizes folx with experiences of sexuality marginalization, gender oppression, neurodivergence, and disability. My work relies on evidence-based psychodynamic and body-based practices to hold with deep care the impact of isolation, loneliness, pain, sadness, and worry. 

I have come to know that past experiences shape present life. When we enthusiastically consent to work together, I listen carefully, invite you to check in with your body, and ask questions that lead to your own wisdom of thoughts, feelings, movements, and sensations. A core tenet of our alliance involves rekindling your inner senses of curiosity and compassion in ways that recalibrate responses to discomfort, shame, and stuckness.

Have you ever asked “Why did I do that?” or “Why can’t I control my behavior?” Others may judge your reactions and think, “What’s wrong with you?” When questioning your responses to experiences, it’s easy to place blame on yourself; holding yourself and those around you to an impossible standard. In the work we do together, we learn to shift self-blame from “What’s wrong with me?” to an open mindset of curiosity, fairness, and acceptance. 

You may co-facilitate this shift by sharing stories from your past or simply taking note of how you feel in the present moment as you learn to tend to difficult sensations. Together we consider how your brain processes memories and how your body clings to them. We collaborate in an effort to explore the deeper root causes of hurt and hardship. And we explore new ways to acknowledge pain and lessen suffering throughout our work.

With real connection and regular practice, you will learn to trust your body’s wisdom.

Clayre Sessoms, MCP-AT, RCC, CCC
she/they

A body-centred approach

I invite you to experience body-based talk therapy online to help you build inner strengths and creative resources for growth, change, healing, and embodiment. Formerly a nationally certified massage therapist in the U.S., I’ve cultivated keen awareness of how marginalization and oppression of queerness, weirdness, and otherness bend the body. During the last five years, I’ve found my footing in care work by learning Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®. Today I continue to explore the body-prioritizing modality, which includes one-on-one supervision with certified practitioners, consultation with colleagues, and advanced training held by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.

An ethical practice

It’s very important to me to be registered, licensed, and aligned with the highest standards of professional care. I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #18118) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I’m also registered as a Counselling Therapist (CT #2035) with The Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta. And I’m registered as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. These important regional accreditations mean that I’ve met the highest education and practicum training standards in BC, AB, and Canada at large. It also means I govern myself and my practice according to these codes of conduct and ethics.

The details

Appointments

Online therapy sessions are powered by Jane App. Each telehealth session lasts 50 minutes. 

Insurance

I do not bill your insurer. Upon payment I issue a receipt for you to submit for reimbursement.

Cancellations

Failure to give 24-hours notice for cancelling or rescheduling will require the full session fee.

Payments

I require payment by e-transfer or credit card at the beginning of your online therapy session.

Fees

$183.75 per 50-minute individual counselling session. Kindly pay in advance to confirm your booking.

Low-cost Therapy

I cannot offer reduced fees at this time. View my resources page for low-cost options.

Choosing the right fit starts with how you feel

Choosing the right therapist for you is a big decision because working with an aligned psychotherapist can influence and deeply impact your choice to live your best life. That's why I offer a free 15-minute consultation to prospective clients. Let's talk about how we'll work together and determine if we're a good fit for your mental health goals.