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SE During COVID-19

Somatic Experiencing Montreal is committed to delivering a safe and effective training program to all students. With that in mind, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our typical idea of what a training weekend looks like.


SE Montreal continues to keep informed on Montreal-specific recommendations and guidance from local public health officials and experts.

Montreal Team

Lauren Scarsella 

MA, Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor 

SE Montreal Coordinator

Lauren Scarsella is a private practitioner who works in the Ottawa area. She works with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of different areas to support clients and their emotional health. Lauren has studied and now works extensively in the fields of body-oriented psychotherapy, interpersonal neuroscience, and attachment. 

Lauren will often be found in her Ottawa office with Tilly, her young French Bulldog, who is a regular source of support for her clients.

Learn more about Lauren by visiting hewebsite.

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Francine Kelley


SE Montreal Faculty

Francine is a Jamaican-born integrative psychotherapist based in Chicago, IL. Her collaborative style combines yoga, mindfulness, meditation and other somatic (body-centered) and energetic approaches to provide clients with a broad range of options for healing traumatic wounds and experiencing their true selves. Trained in Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy, LifeForce Yoga, Reiki and somatic touch, Francine is fascinated by scientific, energetic and spiritual approaches to healing.

As a workshop facilitator and trainer, Francine has presented nationally and internationally to mental health and medical practitioners on the topic of mind/body approaches to health and healing. Francine is a co-developer of the 24-week Integrative Trauma Recovery (ITR) group process which combines DBT, somatic approaches, yoga skills and psychoeducation to help trauma survivors gradually move toward a more knowledgeable and empowered involvement in their recovery from trauma.

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Nouha Ali Ahmed

SE Montreal Lead Assistant

Nouha is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner. Her body-oriented multidisciplinary approach integrates yoga asana, mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing™ and SE™ touch to support the self-regulation of the physiological and emotional responses and build greater Coherence. 

Her practice draws on her trust, her ability to orient to the individual's inner capacity to heal as well as her deep appreciation for the power of connection. In working with clients, her intention and hope are to support them in connecting with their existing resources so that their healing process may be engaged and allow the change they desire.

Nouha is a committed Assistant and Lead assistant for the SE™ training and takes great joy in sharing her experience and knowledge and in supporting students' learning and community building.

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David B. Nording

David is the newest member of our team helping out in the office by responding to email and helping in the general setting up of the SE weekends.  You may even have already received an email from him.  After many years as a professional dancer, David transitioned to yoga, now with over 25 years in the field studying classical yoga asana, meditation , yoga therapeutics and training up and coming yoga teachers.

Montreal Assistants

To view brief biographies for all of the Montreal Assisting team, please click here

SE Training Assistants are present for the duration of a training to help students solidify what they have learned and provide them with feedback on how they practice SE principles. Each Assistant brings something truly unique to the program, enabling a learning environment with varying perspectives and areas of expertise such as psychotherapy, yoga, movement, massage therapy, sex therapy, and more.

If you are qualified to assist at the Beginning and Intermediate levels and are interesting in Assisting in Montreal beyond 2023, please be in touch with Lauren at

Costs & Scholarships

The cost to take Somatic Experiencing is $1150.00 CAD +QST/GST (1322.21 CAD) plus applicable taxes per module for the Beginning and Intermediate Levels. Both Beginning and Intermediate levels are made up of three separate modules. There will also be a one-time application fee of $250. Applicants who are not accepted into the program will receive a $200 refund on their application.  For applicants who are planning to apply for a scholarship and the application fee represents a barrier to apply, please contact us by email and we will make suitable arrangements for your application.

For students who may not otherwise be able to attend the training, we have limited scholarships at either a 25% or 50% fee reduction. With this scholarship, we aim to provide 20% of all Montreal students with a fee reduction that will help them take the training and bring course teachings to marginalized individuals and communities. Students seeking a scholarship will submit their Scholarship Application with their general course application form.

Please note that our scholarship program is Montreal-specific, and may not be relevant to other SE training locations.

Training Venue

Centre Saint-Pierre, 1212, rue Panet

Montréal (Québec) H2I 2Y7

Refunds & Cancellations

Due to overhead costs and administrative fees associated with the training, it is not possible to offer you a full refund of your tuition fees and/or deposit upon cancellation. If notice is given more than 45 days prior to the date of the training, we are able to provide a 75% refund of the total tuition fee. If notice is given between 30 and 45 days, you will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be provided for cancellations made less than thirty days before a training's start date. This policy does not apply if we receive your tuition payment after reaching capacity for the training - you will simply receive a refund. 

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