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.