Elena Jacinta – Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP)

Elena Jacinta -
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP)

Elena Jacinta - About
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Hi, I’m Elena Jacinta, a trauma-informed somatic practitioner based in Chiang Mai. I offer Somatic Experiencing (SE) sessions to women from all over the world, and I collaborate with a team of somatic practitioners working with diverse populations.

My story

I was born in Latvia and spent 15 years of my life as a professional dance artist, touring and teaching across Europe. During my time in London, I discovered somatic practices that I often used in my choreographic work. However, it wasn’t until my body collapsed after burnout and a personal crisis that I truly appreciated the subtle healing power of these body-mind tools.

At that time, I was dealing with numerous psychosomatic symptoms that seemed to have no apparent cause, so I started to research the impact of chronic stress and trauma on the nervous system. That’s when I began to study the body-oriented approach to healing, also known as the “bottom-up” approach.

It became clear to me that understanding trauma was the missing piece in my recovery puzzle. This knowledge, along with trauma-informed somatic tools and therapy has been invaluable for me on my own healing journey. And this is the knowledge and tools that I use with my clients, many of whom, just like me, have tried almost everything in search of relief.

My approach

I believe in the power of a slow and mindful approach to working with the body and the nervous system. I am convinced that our body and mind are inextricably linked, which means that by working with our bodies, we can release many unhelpful emotional, mental, and behavioral patterns.

In my Somatic Experiencing sessions, I address both physical and emotional aspects of an issue offering time and space for my clients to release those patterns in a safe and regulated way. This approach is particularly crucial for individuals who have experienced trauma, as it allows them to work through their experiences at their own pace.

My goal is to create a safe and non-judgmental space where my clients can explore their feelings and sensations without fear. By tuning into the body’s innate wisdom, we can tap into our natural healing abilities and work towards achieving long-lasting change. I am passionate about helping my clients build resilience and develop a deeper sense of self-awareness, so they can create new, healthier ways of being in the world.

My specialty

My current area of interest and expertise is working with women with developmental trauma (that stems from the mother’s womb and early childhood) and offering support in healing attachment wounds.

I also enjoy supporting women reclaim their bodies after shock trauma (including giving birth, surgeries, accidents, assaults etc.) and offering guidance in healing transgenerational or ancestral trauma.

“I worked with Elena for one hour, and the session helped me shift my perspective so many times on myself within such a short period of time, I was amazed. Elena was very professional and thoughtful in her approach and had a therapeutic, soft voice, while her presence was calm and compassionate. I would recommend Elena Jacinta to anyone who has experienced trauma, especially women who tend to be on the more sensitive, quieter side like myself. ”
“I had an amazing session with Elena, we went through transgenerational trauma and the process brought profound insights and healing. Elena has a beautiful kind energy and her intuitiveness helped to release me from the trauma my ancestors carried. Thank you so much. ”
New Zealand

My credentials

My practice is rooted in over 20 years of working with the body through movement – initially as a dance artist, later as a yoga facilitator, and currently as a somatic practitioner.

I hold a Masters in Research (MRes) in Choreography and Performance from Roehampton University in London, UK. 

I’m also trained in trauma-informed yoga (CYT-300) specializing in functional anatomy and the mental health approach.

I hold a professional title of Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) having completed the 3-years professional training program with Somatic Experiencing International.

I continue to deepen my knowledge through workshops and masterclasses taught by the leading experts in somatic trauma healing. This includes SE Case Consultations & Demonstrations with Peter Levine offered through Ergos Institute of Somatic Education.


Additional specialty trainings:

Putting Polyvagal Theory Into Practice:
Essential Strategies for Creating Safety and Connection With Trauma Clients by Deb Dana (PESI UK)

NeuroAffective Touch®: A Somatic Toolkit for Healing Emotional & Relational Trauma by Dr. Aline LaPierre (Embodied Philosophy)

Pre/Perinatal Trauma and Developmental Trauma
by Dr. Raja Selvam (Integral Somatic Psychology)

Attachment: The Key to Effective Trauma Treatment (PESI)

Somatic Attachment Healing summits with Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Diane Poole Heller, Dr. Maureen Gallagher, Manuela Mischke-Reeds, Dr. Sue Johnson etc. (The Embody Lab)


* Please note that I’m not a psychologist, psychotherapist, trauma therapist, physician, or other licensed health care provider. So I do not provide any medical or psychological advice, opinion, treatments or diagnosis. Also, I don’t offer counselling support as this is beyond the scope of my practice.

Work with me

I work with women and I’m currently accepting clients for Somatic Experiencing sessions both online and in person. You can learn more about the process and the cost here.

When you are ready, you can schedule your first short session online to see if it’s a good fit. I’ll be happy to connect and find the best way I can support you. In this online session you’ll get to experience the somatic process and ask any questions you may have!

Work with my team

The members of my team are Somatic Experiencing practitioners specialising in trauma and working with men, women and teenagers. They are based in Asia and offer Somatic Experiencing sessions online.

Please get in touch with a few details about you and the kind of support you are looking for so I can connect you to the suitable practitioner.