How I Work

From my point of view…

If someone had told me years ago that good feelings like enthusiasm, vitality, and joy don’t automatically pop up when the tough stuff falls away, I would have told them they were “crazy” – in a kindly sort of way.

Except, I now realize that the typical “one step forward, three steps back” or what some describe as self-sabotage are often our best efforts  at finding a way out of pain and suffering.

Which begs a deeper question, without the story you weave about yourself and share with others, who are you?

My counselling style…

I use a brain-wise approach to therapy that embeds the narrative of your life into physiological awareness for the purpose of promoting mind-body healing.


What I’m really saying here is that I love to help folks learn how to modulate the “charge” in the nervous system that accompanies:

  • Tension, pain, and anxiety (by reducing the “buzzing” or fast moving energy) and/or,
  • Depression (through boosting collapsed or flat energy and bringing in helpful resources).

These strategies help the nervous system find its optimal range and as it does so, you learn how to roll with the “punches” of life into flow with curiosity and passion.

To this end, I use a variety of therapy approaches including somatic experiencing, self-regulation therapy, bodynamics, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic.

You can’t heal it if you can’t feel it…yet, you need to find your way through your stuck spots in an embodied way.

Psychological insight, physiological and energy awareness, and at times spiritual reflection are essential to healing and transformation – it’s a full body/brain experience!

What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Contact me for a complimentary phone consultation to talk about your concerns and goals for moving forward.

Therapy for saying yes to life

Dr. Carole Gaato

Dr. Carole Gaato, Ph.D. is a registered psychologist with a private practice in Coquitlam, BC, Canada. After completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Simon Fraser University (1996), she has also become a Certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, a Self Regulation Therapy® Practitioner, and is certified to interpret and coach to the Spiritual Intelligence Assessment (SQ21).

Dr. Carole believes that the longest journey we take is the one coming home to ourselves and hopes to join you in remembering who you truly are.