Shari Geller, PhD, CPsych

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Welcome to the practice of registered psychologist Dr. Shari Geller!  We look forward to connecting with you to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and explore some concrete next steps towards healing and recovery. If you are looking for more than traditional "talk therapy", you've come to the right place.  
Dr. Geller's approach is focused on fostering therapeutic presence through attuned relationships, attachment repair, somatic embodiment, and mindfulness-based therapies grounded in the latest research, practice and neuroscience on healing and recovery from stress and trauma.  
  • Individual and couples therapy using an integrative approach
  • Psychotherapy for youth ages 16+ and adults
  • Trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and diversity-celebrating environment
  • Welcoming of various faiths, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, physical abilities and cultural backgrounds

Focus of therapy can include:
  • Early developmental trauma, shock trauma, PTSD
  • Attachment injuries and ruptures
  • Emotion dysregulation (mood swings, anxiety, panic, depression, anger/rage, impulse control)
  • Relationships, parenting, sexuality and complex / blended family dynamics
  • Shame and self-criticism
  • Chronic stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma
  • Grief, crises and transitions
  • Health symptoms and complex syndromes
  • Addictions and self-harm
  • Family of origin and co-dependency issues

Dr. Geller specializes in Emotion-Focused Therapy for couples, Mindfulness, and has also trained in EMDR. Therapy services offered under Dr. Geller's supervision may include these as well as Somatic Experiencing, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy skills, Focusing, Expressive Arts Therapies, Ecotherapy, and other approaches that support the integration of body, mind, spirit and relationships.
For more information about Dr. Geller, please visit or visit to learn about specializations and therapies offered via her team of Associates at The Refuge in Guelph, and to determine if this is the right fit for you.

Therapeutic Presence Dr. Geller has researched and spoken internationally on Therapeutic Presence, and has published two books and a CD of guided meditations on the subject for therapists, counsellors and other helping professionals. She also provides professional development workshops on Therapeutic Presence. Cultivating therapeutic presence leads to better health and improved relationships as well as a neurophysiological state of integration. Therapeutic Presence is the state of having one’s whole self in the encounter with another by being completely in the moment on a multiplicity of levels physically, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually. Therapeutic presence involves being grounded in one’s self, while being open and immersed in what is poignant in the moment with a larger sense of spaciousness. This grounded, immersed, and expanded awareness is offered in service of another’s healing, and is viewed as the essential foundation to developing a positive and healthy therapeutic relationship.

Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness Dr. Geller is the developer of Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness (TRM), an innovative approach combining group drumming, mindfulness and emotion-focused awareness to help cultivate presence.  TRM™ is designed to increase positivity, vitality and connectedness, while reducing distress and mood disturbance. TRM™ is helpful for people with a variety of physical and emotional challenges such as cancer, terminal illness, chronic pain, depression and anxiety. TRM™ is also designed for health care providers, educators and anyone in the field of helping for both cultivating presence and self-care. This approach enhances personal growth, group empowerment, overall health as well as building a sense of connection among participants. For further information on Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness (TRM™), visit

Dr. Shari Geller Reaches

Cambridge ON