Kari Kokko

Kari Kokko, MSW, RSW, SEPKari Kokko, MSW RSW SEP

Registered Social Worker
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
519-807-2334
karikokko.therefuge@gmail.com

 

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

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

Member
Ontario Association of Social Workers

Member
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)

Member/Approved Training Assistant (Beginner and Intermediate Levels
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI)

Somatic Resilience and Regulation (SRR)
Trainer: Kathy Kain, PhD, SEP, and Steve Terrell, PsyD, SEP
Los Angeles, California (96 hours, 2019)

Concussion and PTSD
Trainer: Dave Berger, MFT, PT, LCMHC, MA, SEP
Austin, Texas (18 hours, 2019)

Touch Skills Training (TST) for Trauma Therapists
Trainer: Kathy Kain, MA, SEP, founder of TST
Tuscon, Arizona (96 hours, 2018)

EMDR Therapy Basic Training, Part 1 and Part 2 (EMDRIA approved)
Trainers: Kathy Karn, M.Ed., RP, (C) OACCPP and Brynah Schneider, C.Psych.
London, ON (6 classroom days, 10 consultation hours, Oct.-Dec. 2018)

Treating Dissociation / Structural Dissociation Theory
Advancing Excellence in Treating Complex Trauma
Toronto, ON (13 hours, November 3-4, 2017)
Trainer: Kathleen Martin, LCSW

Somatic Experiencing Training (Advanced Level)
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Boulder, CO (72 hours, fall 2016-winter 2017)
Faculty Member: Kathy Kain, MA, SEP
Victoria, BC

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)

Intake Process

  • If you are interested in working with Kari, please contact her by phone or email to discuss your interest and enquire about availability
  • If Kari has availability to accept new clients, she will offer to schedule a phone intake at no charge to hear more about what you’re looking for, share a bit more about how she works, and see if working together may be a fit
  • If working together looks like it could be a fit, the next step is to schedule a time to meet with you for an intake sessoin. Kari will send you four intake forms to complete before your intake appointment (Consent to Treatment, Communications Policy, Contact Information, and Intake Assessment Form). These forms will be discussed at the intake session.
  • ***Please note: Due to Covid-19, all sessions will be offered virtually for the forseeble future. Kari uses a platform called Owl Practice, which is compliant with all applicable privacy legislation and standards. If you schedule an intake session with her, she will discuss with you how to access this platform.

Rates

  • $135.00 per 50 minute session.
  • There is no tax on this fee as Registered Social Workers are exempt from charging HST
  • Kari has a certain number of sliding spots available. Please speak with her directly if you have a question about sliding scale options.
  • Depending on scheduling and therapeutic circumstances, Kari may be able to offer longer or shorter sessions, pro-rated to the time scheduled. If you have questions about this possibility, please speak with Kari directly.

Session Length

  • 50 minutes.
  • Depending on scheduling and therapeutic circumstances, Kari may be able to offer longer or shorter sessions, with the fee pro-rated to the time scheduled. If you have questions about this possibility, please speak with Kari directly.

Payment

  • E-transfer to karikokko.therefuge@gmail.com

Confidentiality

Kari adheres to all legal and ethical standards of confidentiality. As per these standards, limits to confidentiality include situations of imminent risk to self or others. Kari will discuss confidentiality and limits to confidentiality with you in the intake process.

Cancellation Policy

In the event of cancellation, please provide 2 working days’ notice to the appointment spot can be offered to someone else.

Cancellations with less than 2 working days’ notice will be billed at 50% of the regular session rate.

If a client does not arrive for a scheduled appointment, this missed appointment will be billed at the full session rate.

There may be exceptions made to this cancellation policy in exceptional circumstances of illness or emergency.

Coverage

Kari is a Registered Social Worker; RSW services are covered by many benefits plans. Please check with your insurance provider directly to confirm coverage. Kari will provide a receipt after each session that may be submitted for reimbursement if you have coverage.

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