Adrienne Sharma-Richardson PhD MEd RP OCT

Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Gottman Trained Couples Therapist
 therapist: Adrienne Sharma-Richardson PhD MEd RP OCT,
In-Person in Toronto, ON M4P 1G8
Online in Ontario
As a gestalt psychotherapist, who pairs gestalt training with somatic experiencing I can help support you in healing from your trauma. No one in the Niagara Region utilizes the combination of these therapies and applies them to working with couples in crisis. Gottman (couples) and Post Induction Therapy training (relational/developmental trauma) I am sorry to say but popular approaches to healing trauma like CBT will provide only temporary relief at best. If you want to get to the root of your trauma and heal somatic experiencing (SE) is what you need and when supported with the power of relational gestalt therapy you will shift your shit! SE focuses on regulating your nervous system. With SE work trauma responses are completed and energy is released back into the system and with this the resolution and disappearance of physical complaints, including headaches, digestive problems, and pain syndromes can be resolved, and emotional regulation can be restored. I will teach you how to work with your stress response - the body's innate alarm system in response to a perceived danger, also called the "Fight or Flight" response. It is highly adaptive to danger and human survival when threats are physical, but less so when threats are psychological, or imaginary, among other somatic and relational skills. I have been trained under Dr Abi Blakeslee part of Dr Peter A Levine's legacy group out of California for Somatic Experiencing and the late great Dr Bud Feder the author of Beyond the Hot Seat was on my dissertation committee overseeing a phenomenological study of the effectiveness of a gestalt therapy group I created to reduce stress in working informal caregivers of the elderly. I named the group process Stressed WOW (We Overloaded with Work). Gestalt therapy is an extremely complex psychotherapy, too complex to describe in this short space. The power of its effectiveness can only be experienced. Most present day therapies have stolen bits and pieces of its praxis. Get the whole again with a holistic, here and now, experiential therapy. I am here for you... I've got your six!

Client Focus

Session Format: Couple, Family, Group, Individual sessions.
Age Specialty: Adolescent, Adult, Children, Elder
Demographic Expertise: Asian, Black / African American, Christian, Hispanic / Latino, LGBTQ+, Men, Middle Eastern, Military / Veterans, Native American, Persons with Disabilities, Women clients.
Languages: English

Treatment Approach

  • Art Therapy
  • Behavioral
  • Christian
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior (DBT)
  • Existential/Humanistic
  • Experiential
  • Family Systems
  • Feminist
  • Gestalt
  • Interpersonal
  • Multicultural
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychoeducational
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Somatic

Education & Credentials

Adrienne Sharma-Richardson PhD MEd RP OCT Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Gottman Trained Couples Therapist
  • Female
  • License # CRPO # 4945
  • Licensed in Ontario
  • Practicing Since 2013
Education: PhD Leadership & Policy, Masters Science in Education, BA Child Studies (child development and psychology), and 5 yrs of post-graduate training in gestalt psychotherapy (Gestalt Institute of Toronto), 3 yrs of training Somatic Experiencing from California, Gottman Couples Therapy trained L3 & PIT.


  • Average Session Fee $250 plus HST ($150 for therapists working under me)
  • Accepts Insurance
  • Psychotherapy and psychological services (psychologist) are provided. Check with your provider to confirm what is covered. You will be given an invoice to get reimbursed by your provider.

Adrienne Sharma-Richardson PhD MEd RP OCT Practice Details

Therapy Sessions
  • Available In-Person in Niagara Falls, ON L2E 1X9 and Toronto, ON M4P 1G8
  • Available Online for residents of Ontario
  • Online Therapy Details: Phone or Zoom sessions provided
Adrienne Sharma-Richardson PhD MEd RP OCT Practice Description
The power combination of gestalt therapy and somatic experiencing is unmatched especially when working with couples in crisis. I am also trained in Gottman Couples Therapy trained Level 3. To give you a better idea about my practice I have provided you with some descriptions of gestalt therapy and SE. However, please note none of this will make any sense you just have to do the work as both modalities are highly experiential. Gestalt therapy began as a revision of psychoanalysis (F. Perls, 1942/1992) and quickly developed as a wholly independent, integrated system (F. Perls, Hefferline, & Goodman, 1951/1994). Since gestalt therapy is an experiential and humanistic approach, it works with patients’ awareness and awareness skills rather than using the classic psychoanalytic reliance on the analyst’s interpretation of the unconscious. Also, in gestalt therapy the therapist is actively and personally engaged with the patient, rather than fostering transference by remaining in the analytic role of neutrality. In gestalt therapy theory, a process-based postmodern field theory replaced the mechanistic, simplistic, Newtonian system of classical psychoanalysis. The gestalt therapist uses active methods that develop not only patients’ awareness but also their repertoires of awareness and behavioral tools. The active methods and active personal engagement of gestalt therapy are used to increase the awareness, freedom, and self-direction of the patient, rather than to direct patients toward preset goals as in behavior therapy and encounter groups. The gestalt therapy system is truly integrative and includes affective, sensory, cognitive, interpersonal, and behavioral components. In gestalt therapy, therapists and patients are encouraged to be creative in doing the awareness work. There are no prescribed or proscribed techniques in gestalt therapy. As an SE therapist- mental and emotional health follows the state of the nervous system- if the system is flowing seamlessly between sympathetic and parasympathetic; arousal and settling, within a “manageable range” there’s a deep, internal sense of well-being, emotional stability, confidence, clear thinking, aliveness, trust in myself and others, and mastery. What does this mean? SE is about: The experiences... in the body Track, observe, describe; open-ended questions Regulate internal arousal states, shift locked patterns into action, increase body awareness Encourage emotional engagement; attention on mindfulness, sensations, movements and impulses. I am interested in your response to the story not your story you keep playing over and over again in your head! Was your response a fight, flight, freeze, collapse, or dissociation? What impulses, emotions, and beliefs are also explored. Together we will search for strengths, what worked, resources your ”organic wisdom”. I will provide guidance for co-regulation (developmental age) to self-regulation. At this time I am continuing to train in trauma recovery out of California. For now I am trained to work with the following traumas... Global High Intensity Activation (GHIA) Pre- and Perinatal Trauma (Fetal distress, birth trauma, early surgeries) Anesthesia High fevers Suffocation, Choking, Drowning High Impact/Failure of Physical Defense Falls Acquired Brain Injury High Impact and Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA) (Presented in Intermediate Module 2) Inescapable Attack Animal Attack Escape Inhibited Rape/sexual abuse Physical Injury Surgery Poison Burns Emotional and developmental trauma. I have experienced trauma in my life, I understand what you are experiencing. I have ADHD, I understand what you are experiencing. I am a recovering addict, I understand what you are experiencing. I have been in narcissistic relationships, I understand what you are experiencing. I have worked with many veterans, and first responders, I don't completely understand what your experiencing, no one can... but I get close! I am currently writing a book called The Shitty Relationship Rescue which I hope to publish soon. I am passionate about helping couples keep their shit together so they can stay together! Call me today... and experience me supporting you experience healing! It's time you have suffered enough.

Practice Overview

6150 Valley Way
55 Eglinton Avenue East
Available both in-person and online
11 Years Experience
Couple, Family, Group, Individual

Office Hours

10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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