The Refuge, MA, RP, CCC, SEP

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  • Registered Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
  • 5420 Highway 6 North, rooms 338-351 (East Entrance), Guelph, Ontario, N1H 6J2
  • Phone: 519-265-4681
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  • Session Fees: Complimentary 15-minute initial phone consultation. Covered by most insurance plans.

Bonjour, Ahnii and Welcome to The Refuge
Trauma-Informed Care 
It's not what's wrong with you, it's what's happened to you and how you had to adapt to survive life's stressors and adversity. Not only that, it's about exploring what's possible moving forward in terms of healing and recovery. 
Holistic and Integrative Therapy
The Refuge is a trauma and attachment-focused clinic with a team of registered therapists who are committed to supporting your healing and growth on multiple levels - emotional, physical, mental, relational and spiritual. Whether you are looking for talk therapy or something more, our therapists look forward to meeting with you to support you in working towards your goals.
Our Team
  • Kaitlin Lindquist, MSW, RSW: Registered Social Worker
  • Kari Kokko, MSW, RSW, SEP: Registered Social Worker and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Areas of Focus
  • Individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy and group programs
  • Trauma, PTSD, complex PTSD, developmental trauma (pre/birth/peri-natal trauma, abuse, neglect, colonial trauma, religious trauma, motor vehicle accidents, medical trauma, sexual trauma, intergenerational trauma, bullying, etc.)
  • Complex dissociation
  • Fight, flight, freeze, and fawn responses (appeasement, submission, attachment cry, clinging, proximity seeking)
  • Boundaries, assertiveness, and communication
  • Grief, loss and life/career transitions
  • Emotional dysregulation, nervous system dysregulation (anxiety, panic, fear, anger, depression, hyper-vigilance, numbing, overwhelm, etc.)
  • Insecure attachment dynamics and difficult relationship patterns
  • Physical tension, pain, complex health conditions, or other somatic symptoms
  • Shame, self-criticism, low self-worth, limiting or distorted thought and core beliefs
  • Loss of intimacy or connection in relationships
  • Coping strategies (addictions, codependency, avoidance, over-working, etc.)
  • Compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma

  • Somatic Experiencing
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Ego State Work / Parts Work
  • Focusing
  • Somatic Touch and Table Work
  • Attachment-Based Therapy
  • Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Expressive Arts Therapies
  • Equine-Assisted Therapy

Therapeutic approaches are integrative and also draw elements from other therapies, such as psychodynamic therapy, Gestalt therapy, CBT, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Body Memory Recall, Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Couples, among others.
Trauma-Specific Treatment
We have trained in approaches that address all phases of trauma healing, from building safety and stabilization (through emotion regulation, distress tolerance, impulse control, and relational trust through the therapeutic alliance) to trauma processing, renegotiation and resolution.  For more information about our trauma services, please click on Trauma Therapy and Trauma-Informed Care.
Looking to access multiple services at once? 
The practitioners at The Refuge offer a team approach that can accommodate individual therapy, couples and family therapy, as well as group programs.  Sharing similar training and approaches greatly facilitates the coordination of care if you are accessing multiple services at once. 

Bilingual and Diversity Sensitive
Services are provided in English or French depending on the therapist. We welcome clients from all walks of life in an inclusive manner, and have experience in working with a variety of cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities, physical abilities, and religions.  We are also familiar with the particular struggles associated with Canada's aboriginal peoples, colonial trauma and residential schools.

Want to learn more?

Visit our website at, which will give you more of a feel for the work that we do.  The website also has a list of Frequently Asked Questions and directions to our location.

We look forward to getting to know you better and to supporting you in service of your goals.

The Refuge Reaches

Guelph ON