As a starting point in therapy sessions, clients can address life issues or simply be guided to become aware of how they are feeling in the present moment, by noticing thoughts, feelings, and sensations, as they arise. As we listen and feel into the ways we live in our bodies, we can also notice the beliefs we are holding about the world. Typically, by uncovering our beliefs, which can be limiting, we can also organically create new choices and possibilities that are more freeing and whole.
Techniques include verbal expression, mindfulness and experiential exercises which can include body awareness, movement and touch. Together, as therapist and client, we foster compassionate presence and mark a path toward healing.
"No words can describe how my sessions with Maya have changed my life. Before meeting Maya I had tried many different techniques and I must say that hers is by far the most effective. I feel so blessed that she's in my life. She continues to help me grow and learn. The world would be a much better place if everyone had the opportunity to meet her and work with her."
"I am so thankful to know Maya and to have experienced the profound healing potential of Somatic Psychology and Hakomi. She has an awesome ability to hold a safe, loving presence, which creates a space for me to easily explore the depths of my being. Each session was unique, powerfully transformative and provided exactly what I needed to grow. I would recommend her work to anyone looking for mental, emotional, spiritual growth, with the goal of becoming a more peaceful, loving, present human being."
"I’ve never been that open to psychology or therapy. As a depressive person, I had my doubts and the fear to open up to anyone. But after my 3rd session, I was amazed by Maya, her caring persona, her way of calming me down, helping me to slow things down in my head and eventually learning how to enjoy my life. I know I still have some miles to go until I am the person I want to be, but I know I have the right person to help me get there."
"Maya sessions are like a waterfall, or like sunshine. She helps me reconnect to this place inside were I see things more clearly. With her guidance she has taught me to access my own inner wisdom. That is what I love about her work - she never tells me what to do, she only guides me towards my own wisdom. She is a very strong woman, with deep intuition. I feel blessed to have access to this beautiful work she does, it has made a huge difference in my life."
"Being seen by Maya has led me to discover my authentic self, and has given me the confidence to be and experience who I really am. Through our sessions, I have learnt and experienced unconditional acceptance and love. I wish that everyone is lucky enough to be touched by her sensibility and compassion."
"Maya provides a very safe, professional and loving space for others to introspect and to heal the various parts of themselves. She embodies a level of attentiveness and presence that allows for the most incredible breakthroughs to take place. Working with Maya is a privilege; I would highly recommend her."
Hakomi is a body-centered approach to self-discovery and emotional healing using mindfulness. It is a gentle yet powerful way to uncover and transform underlying habits and beliefs that affect the way a person experiences life.
The method is designed to help clients discover new ways of being in the world that are naturally more freeing and whole. This mindfulness-based approach is integrated into Maya’s psychotherapy practice.
Hakomi is an excellent system for learning key emotional intelligence skills
Hakomi is the absolute cutting edge of modern therapeutic technique.
Hakomi presents some astounding methods for getting to core material. It is well grounded in theory and revolutionary in its results
“Therapy is a collaborative process, and ultimately one that is meant to be empowering for clients. While people are coming to me with situations and states of mind and body that are causing them distress, I am also looking to see what inspires me in each of them. I encourage clients to slow down to be able to feel or listen to themselves attentively and with curiosity, which often provides them with unexpected clarity. Some of my clients discover that therapy can also be playful, enjoyable and enlivening. For individuals, groups or couples, I offer a space for transformation to take place.”
Maya Charney, MA, licensed psychotherapist developed her distinctive approach to therapy, which encourages healing and transformation through presence and embodiment. She earned an M.A. in Somatic Psychology, a study of the body-mind interface, from Naropa University (Boulder Colorado, 2000), known for its unique bridging of Buddhist teachings with modern Western psychological principles. She is also a certified Hakomi practitioner (2010) and Hakomi teacher (2012). The Hakomi Method is in alignment and integrated into Maya’s psychotherapy practice.
Maya Charney is a licensed psychotherapist recognized by L’Ordre des Psychologues du Québec and a member of the APQ (Association des Psychothérapeutes du Québec). She can write insurance receipts as a psychotherapist.
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: (514) 465-8441
The studio is located at the north west corner of Mont-Royal and Boyer, five minutes from the Mont-Royal metro.
4502 Boyer Street
Montréal, QC, H2J 3E2