Cranney - Somatic Psychotherapist - Canberra, ACT, Australia

Marg Cranney

Canberra, ACT, Australia


Somatic Psychotherapist


I have conducted a successful private practice in Somatic Psychotherapy in Canberra since 2002. Somatic psychotherapy is grounded in the belief that psyche and body form a single holistic entity, the bodymind. Somatic psychotherapists are trained to engage directly with the client's dynamic bodily experience. This includes patterns of breathing, posture, sensation and movement, and also working with metaphor and through touch when appropriate. Everyday challenges such as issues at work, in relationships, in parenting, in achieving personal goals or in repetitive painful states are explored through expressions of thought, emotion and physical response. As well as working verbally in relationships with clients, I facilitate improved body sensing, increased self-awareness, self-regulation and a sense of vitality and aliveness. This approach can help deepen a sense of connection to ourselves and others. Somatic psychotherapy can
- reduce overwhelming feelings such as fear, stress and anxiety;
- balance the nervous system;
- soothe irrational anger and distress;
- change restrictive emotional states such as shame, negativity, guilt and unremitting grief;
- reduce negative patterns such as procrastination, self-limiting beliefs, low confidence, self-sabotage and compulsive behaviours;
- help build tolerance for changing states of being;
- enhance resilience;
- expand our ability to trust and engage with others; and
- assist in creating positive life outcomes such as visioning, goal setting and achievement of goals.

Work History

Research Consultant - contractor

Relationships Australia NSW

August 2013 - December 2013

Principal Researcher on a project entitled "Development and Implementation of a Model – Supervising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff"
This project examined the clinical supervision needs of Koori staff in RANSW working as counsellors, family advisors and community liaison officers in a range of contexts including family relationship centres administered by RANSW. The report included recommendations and a proposed clinical supervision model.

Curriculum consultant - contractor

University of Southern Queensland, Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges

Revision of course materials with staff from the Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges.

Training consultant - contractor

Indigenous Allied Health Australia

July 2012 - December 2012

Program development and curriculum writing for an online mentoring program including a training program for mentors.

Training Consultant - contractor

Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation, Canberra

April 2010 - May 2010

Developed and facilitated a Young Mothers' Leadership Program.

Research consultant - contractor

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

August 2008 - December 2008

Principal Researcher for the "National Family Relationship Competencies and Indigenous Workers" project commissioned by the Attorney-General's Department.

Research Consultant - contractor

The Foundation for Young Australians

In partnership with Learn2lead, conducted an evaluation of the FYA Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.

Research consultant


Data analysis and report writing, NSWTAFE Feasibility Study on Interactive Distance Education via Satellite Project in collaboration with Jane Kirton and Associates.

Training Consultant - contractor

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Program and curriculum development for Indigenous Community Leadership Programs. This included writing and revision of course manuals for participants and facilitators.

Researcher - contractor

James Cook University School of Education

Provided report writing assistance to Ms Kaye Price for two research projects entitled "Completion of 12 Years of Schooling or its Equivalent" and "Teacher Education", which were commissioned by James Cook University and the Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Body.

Research and Training Consultant - contractor

The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre

March 1998 - March 2014

Principal Researcher for a "Concept Study into a National Indigenous Leadership Program in 1998. from 2000 to 2014, course development, curriculum writing, facilitation, assessment and tutoring on (AILC) courses such as "Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership" and "Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership", "An Introduction to Diversity Mentoring (Indigenous)" and tailored non-accredited courses. Topics included:
- Representation, Communication and Diplomacy (Advocacy);
- Communication Styles;
- Leadership Styles;
- Leadership and Diversity;
- Leadership Relationships;
- Engaging Stakeholders;
- Managing Conflict;
- The Mentoring Experience;
- Diversity - What is it?;
- Understanding Diversity Mentoring Relationships; and
- Tips for the Mentoring Journey.
AILC clients who required tailored courses and with whom Marg was engaged included the Victorian Government Mentorbank Training; Commonwealth Bank, South Australian Public Service, Albury-Wodonga TAFE; Jawoyn Women's Forum (Katherine); Nestlé; NSW Rugby League and the Australian Football League.

Team member, course administrator and teacher/facilitator

Bellin Crossroads and Jessica Rose and Associates

From 1992 supported, administered and facilitated private sector personal growth and leadership courses developed by Walter Bellin, Shana Bellin and Jessica Rose such as "Being Empowered Through Service Training", "Beyond the Edge", "The Power of Choice - A Course for Women". In more recent years I have been developing personal and professional development courses with Jessica Rose and Associates such as "Coming Home to Ourselves", "Public Speaking for Women" and "Managing Conflict Effectively".



I have conducted individual and group mentoring from 1998 until the present time, specialising in personal and group visioning; planning; goal setting; strategic action; releasing blocks and challenge thinking.

Professional private practice

Marg continues to conduct her successful private practice in Weston Creek, ACT. Individual sessions are by appointment only. Contact Marg by email to arrange an appointment.

Personal and professional development courses

Since 2002, in addition to her private practice, Marg has conducted personal and professional development courses in leadership, mentoring, diversity, relationship management, conflict management, giving presentations, visioning and goal setting, living an embodied life, emotional intelligence and public speaking for women.

Qualifications & Certifications

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110

Plenty Training, Brisbane

Graduate Diploma in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Stillness Trainings, Sydney

Diploma in Somatic Psychotherapy

College of Experiential Psychotherapy, Sydney

Certificate in Secondary Resource Teaching

Kuring-Gai College of Advanced Education

Diploma of Teaching (Social Sciences)

Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Eduction

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