Kari Kokko

Kari Kokko, MSW, RSWKari Kokko, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker
Intermediate Level Somatic Experiencing Therapist
Room 349

Through numerous experiences in her professional and personal life, Kari has been privileged to witness and accompany individuals on journeys from deep suffering to profound healing and personal growth. She is deeply committed to supporting people in becoming fully present to their authentic selves, and finding the balance, regulation, and peace within their own lives and bodies.

Kari completed her Master of Social Work degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has worked in numerous sectors of the social services, including hospital and community settings, supporting individuals who have experienced acute and developmental trauma, sexual assault and domestic violence, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and emotion dysregulation. Kari has a rich creative background in music and theatre arts; she was drawn to these fields by the deep empathy embodied in their explorations of what it is to be human, and their honouring and expression of emotional experience.

Kari continues to pursue extensive ongoing training, with particular interest in understanding patterns of behaviour and experiencing that arise as we seek safety in our environments and within our own bodies, recognizing what is happening in our bodies and our brains as we work towards integration of our experiences, and unblocking our natural human momentum and flow towards healing and wholeness.

Master of Social Work Degree
Wilfrid Laurier University (2013)

Registered Social Worker (#822186)
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Ontario Association of Social Workers

Sexual Trauma: Healing the Sacred Wound
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Boulder, CO (30 hours, March 2017)
Master Class with Peter Levine, PhD, SE Founder (San Diego, CA)

Somatic Experiencing Training (Intermediate Level)
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Boulder, CO (72 hours, fall 2016-winter 2017)
Faculty Member: Berns Galloway, MEd, CCC, SEP (Montreal, QC)

Doing DBT: Case Formulation and Treatment Planning
Practice Ground, Hamilton, ON (11 month advanced distance training, 2016)
Instructor: Kelly Koerner

Exposure in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Treatment Implementation Collaborative, Hamilton, ON (3 days, 2016)

Healing the Traumatized Self
2016 Attachment and Trauma Conference, St. Catharines, ON
Instructor: Dr. Ruth Lanius

Somatic Experiencing (beginning level)
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Boulder, CO (72 hours, 2015-2016)
Faculty Members: Linda Stelte, MEd, SEP and Berns Galloway, MEd, CCC, SEP

New DBT Skills Training Manual Orientation and Overview
Conceptualizing Cases in DBT

Treatment Implementation Collaborative, Hamilton, ON (2015)

Processing Trauma-Induced Guilt and Shame
Mission: Empowerment, Kitchener, ON (2015)
Instructor: Natalie Zlodre, MSW

Trauma in the Mind’s Eye: Mitigating and Eliminating Intrusive Thoughts, Flashbacks and Nightmares
Mission: Empowerment, Stratford, ON (2015)
Instructor: Natalie Zlodre, MSW

When the Body Says No: Mind/Body Unity and the Stress-Disease Connection
Mission: Empowerment, Stratford, ON (2015)
Instructor: Dr. Gabor Mate, MD

The Hungry Ghost: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction
Mission: Empowerment, Stratford, ON (2015)
Instructor: Dr. Gabor Mate, MD

Core Clinical Training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Treatment Implementation Collaborative, Middletown, CT (64 hours, 2014-2015)

DBT Skills Training
DBT Chain Analysis Training
DBT Validation Principles and Strategies

Behavioral Tech / The Linehan Institute (32 hours, online, 2014)

All information related to confidentiality, cancellations, missed sessions, regular and sliding scale rates, payments and other important details can be found in the informed consent forms below. Any questions can be addressed by phone or email prior to session, or in person.

Payment options include:

  • Cash (exact amount please, as Kari cannot make change)
  • Cheque

There is no debit card capability or ATM machine on site.

Before Coming

Prior to your session, please download, read and complete the following forms.

Please check with your insurance provider (if applicable) to confirm coverage type and yearly maximum, as well as how the payout occurs. Also confirm with your provider if you require a doctor’s note prior to your first appointment.

Scent-free offices: A number of our clients have chemical sensitivities, and we request that clients refrain from using perfume, cologne, or scented creams or other similar products when coming to their sessions. If it is possible to refrain from smoking prior to entering the building for your appointment, this is also appreciated.


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