What is Somatic Psychology?

Somatic psychology is a holistic approach that respects and utilizes the powerful connection between body, mind and spirit.  By paying conscious attention to how we live in our bodies, our patterns of being in the world can be revealed and transformed.


This approach can help you enrich your life, your work and your relationships.  You can address issues such as:


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Relationships Issues
  • Work Challenges
  • Stress Management
  • Chronic Pain
What does a session look like?

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.

What is the Hakomi Method?

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. 

Ron Kurtz, Hakomi Method Founder

About Maya

“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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To make an appointment, contact me by phone or email and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Payment: $160/h 

Cancellation policy: In order to cancel an appointment, please provide 48 hours notice.  You will be charged administrative fees of 50 % of the therapy session if you do not cancel within that timing. Thank you for your understanding.

Please download and fill the new client intake form before the first session.  It allows me to familiarize myself with you and your concerns.



: (514) 465-8441



The studio is located steps away from Victoria Village, 8 minutes by foot from Vendome metro.


Studio Mayalotus 

4815 de Maisonneuve Ouest

Westmount, QC

H3Z 1M4