Christine (Chris) Robinson, Occupational Therapist, B. Sc. OT Reg. (Ont.) OTR, brings a practice of self-regulation to her therapy and coaching for children and youth, and their families, to compliment the healing and wellness approaches currently offered at Andrea Soos Yoga Studio.
Chris is able to support healing with children and youth who are experiencing emotional, behavioural and developmental difficulties through a relationship-based approach that seeks to harness the unique positive differences in each client and their family. Recognizing, reframing and supporting the reduction of hidden stressors that are exaggerating difficult situations, leads to positive change for the child/youth, their families and community. Supporting children and youth to be able to identify their own stressors promotes a sense of empowerment while also developing a repertoire of adaptive responses.
Since her initial training as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Toronto in 1984, Chris has been curious about the connections between the bodies we inhabit, our key relationships (from infancy onward), our cultural context, and how we develop and then engage in the world. By incorporating somatic-based psychotherapy into her Occupational Therapy sessions, Chris works to support the healing of disconnections between our children and youth’s bodies, minds, and emotions.
Chris is grateful for continuing education that she has received from both the clinical and the academic worlds. In addition to her certification as an Occupational Therapist, Chris has training in self-regulation DIR® Therapy (Expert Certified Provider), and Level 1 and 2 Training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Chris has also been fortunate to work alongside Dr. Stuart Shanker at York University in Toronto for eight years, where she studied and worked on the research team investigating psychophysiological self-regulation. She brings this academic study to her work, as well as her certification in the Shanker Method®.