Tina Hannon (PhD, BSc, Dip) is a somatic therapist based in Galway city and County Clare. She works with individuals (adults, children and teens) and groups. Tina offers a gentle and supportive holding space for people to safely explore life issues and concerns. Her approach integrates embodiment awareness with psychodynamic and relational therapeutical models as based on her training in the course ORIGINS somatic therapy and movement education for which she holds a diploma (2015) accredited by ISMETA.
Tina’s professional interests are our lifelong developmental patterns, how early childhood experiences including our embryological ones shape our ways of being in the world, our attachment and relationship patterns, and finding relief from past trauma and cultivating resiliency. She offers somatic interventions to deal with depression, anxiety, and trauma and its automatic defences - safely integrating fight/ flight, people pleasing, dissociation and freeze responses.
Tina's background is in Science and academia and she brings her intellect and curiosity to her body oriented work. Tina's passion for healing and therapeutic movement is ongoing for over 20 years with mindfulness practices, dance, movement and aikido. EXPERIENCE DANCE, a dance space she facilitates grew out of her dance practice. She completed a foundation in counseling and psychotherapy before specialising in somatic movement therapy. She has work experience with elderly people and end-of-life care, and also with young children.
Since graduating she takes part in continuing professional development with Joan Davis and Julia Gombos. She is a graduate of the The Discipline of Authentic Movement Original program, ORIGINAL NATURE: a Practice in Presence. Tina works as an assistant to Joan Davis with ongoing ORIGINS somatic processing groups. She commits to ongoing clinical supervision, personal therapy, and continuing professional development. She values her relationships with her peers in SOMETI. Tina follows the code of ethics of ISMETA and keeps up to date with best practices and recommendations of Irish professional bodies in the mental health field.