Danica Toh

With a background in sport psychology, Danica paved her niche in a mind-body or somatic approach in therapy. She works with youth, athletes, and adults, and specialises in using modalities such as mindfulness, compassion, somatic-based work, and yoga therapy.

Danica has helped her clients with issues such as addiction, anxiety, burnout, depression, grief, loneliness, relationships, trauma, and gender/sexual identity concerns. She also facilitates the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) programmes for adults, which ate eight-week evidence-based courses that offer secular-based training to help people navigate stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and suffering.

Profession

Psychosomatic Therapist

Specialities

ANXIETY AND PANIC DISORDERS
DEPRESSION
GENERAL RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES (FAMILY, FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS)
LGBTQIA+
GENDER DYSPHORIA
TRAUMA AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
PERSONAL GROWTH AND SELF-ESTEEM
ADHD/ADD
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
ADDICTION AND SUBSTANCE MISUSE
LIFE TRANSITIONS
GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH
GRIEF AND LOSS
CHRONIC ILLNESS, PAIN AND SLEEP DISORDERS
SELF-HARM AND SUICIDAL FEELINGS
RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY
YOUTHS FROM 14 YEARS OLD AND UP
SPIRITUALITY ONLY (NOT RELIGION)

Finances

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Training

  • Masters of Counselling
  • MSc in Exercise and Sports Studies (Sport Psychology)
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher/facilitator
  • Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher/facilitator
  • Integrated Somatic Trauma Therapy
  • EFT: Attachment Science in Practice
  • IFS Immersion: Integrating Internal Family Systems (IFS) Across Clinical Applications
  • 500Hr RYT Yoga Therapeutic Specialist.

What kinds of treatment or therapy do you provide?

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
  • Gender Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based and Somatic-Based Therapy
  • LGBTQIA2S+ Couples therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

What language can you conduct the session in?

English

What is the greatest challenge in being a counsellor for the queer community?

This country's barriers and stigmatisation causes a lot of inconvenience, health issues and suffering for the people in this community.

What was your path to becoming a therapist?

My earlier post-graduate work has enabled me to have extensive experience in the dynamic field of mindfulness and psychology for exercise and sports performance. The initial exposure to academia guided me to deepen my interest in the holism of health and well-being, trauma-informed work, compassion, mindfulness, and somatic work through movement science, psychotherapy, yoga therapy, While I founded my company, Six Spac in 2016, solely offering mindfulness training, I have deepened and invested my life into dedicating every day to personal practice, training and development with the connection of the mind and body. Today Soma Circle is a manifestation of my work over the years. It is my compassionate and humble intention to contribute to society's better health and well-being by helping people become more in touch with themselves, to experience and understand mind-body integration.

What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?

People are starting to become a little more receptive to the idea of therapy!

What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?

As a therapist, I always continue my personal and professional development through taking courses and retreats. I also go to therapy myself, minimum once a month as a way of up-keeping my mental health so that in turn I am able to offer my work to my clients when they step into a session <3

What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?

We should all see therapy through the lens of prevention rather than cure. It is self care and maintenance. If we can't care for ourselves, how are we able to give care or keep up with caring to others. Going to therapy doesn't have to mean that something is wrong.

What kind of training have you had in working with the LGBTQ population?

IFS for the rainbow community, and I am from the community myself. I get the opportunity to work quite often with the queer population so my experience has also been my training.

What should someone know about working with you?

I offer a person-centered approach in therapy, and I am non-judgemental and patient to all my clients regardless of their humble backgrounds. In working with me, I don't offer advice but rather, I help my clients with their concerns or stressors through offering them guidance into deeper explorations of the issue and eventually to help them to gain clarity and understanding in the issue or situation that they had originally sought therapy for.

How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?

Being genuine, trustworthy, and compassionate are three of the many core values in which I live by. And because I practice this, my clients can get to experience what it means to have a genuine, trustworthy and compassionate relationship when we work with each other during therapy.