My initial training was eclectic, with an emphasis on psychodynamic understanding and interventions.  I also have specialized training in group psychotherapy (AGPA) and (EGPS), systems and organizational dynamics (AKRI), Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing (SE).

What about SE?

SE integrates a broad scientific understanding of how human beings respond to overwhelming circumstances. It is an innovative and highly effective approach to preventing and healing the consequences of emotional and physical trauma.

While my preferred modality is SE, I am mindful of your personal style and one of my initial goals is to work collaboratively with you to develop a therapy that is designed specifically for you and the issues that you want to resolve.

What about GROUP?

Group psychotherapy was actually developed a long time ago, shortly after WWII, in order to treat a lot more people who needed help at a time when the resources were more scarce than now. However, it has since become clear that it is a modality that has much to offer in its own right, beyond just the efficiency of providing services. It provides the support of many people who share similar difficulties in resolving and understanding better what is going on in someone's life. Group work can be quite powerful and effective in addressing issues related to interpersonal relationships, family of origin dynamics, getting feedback on how we come across, while offering a safe-enough environment to explore and experiment with new ways.

What about AKRI?

The A K Rice Institute focuses on organizational dynamics, the study of groups in the moment, with the emphasis on role, task, leadership, followership, boundaries and unconscious manifestations in the behavior of its members and the organization as a whole. The learning is mostly done from an experiential perspective.

What about EMDR?

Eye Movement Desentizisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic modality developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro to treat traumas, big and small. It utilizes various means of creating bilateral stimulation of the brain (sound, visual, kinesthetic) in order to re-process events or situations that were traumatic or overwhelming. It usually follows a specific protocol and promotes the resolution of these events. It does not erase anything from memory but rather removes the emotional or troublesome charge associated with the event.


Roger Saint-Laurent, PsyD, CGP, SEP
Clinical Psychologist
Licensed in the State of New York
Certified Group Psychotherapist
EMDR Therapist
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Relocated to:
Rose Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada

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