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Anky Aarts

Anky Aarts, MScPsy, IMTC, RMT, IFS, SEP, ISP, EMDR, CCTP-II, researched the body - mind -brain connection for over four decades. She earned a Doctorandus degree in Philosophy and a Masters of Science in Psychology. She holds degrees in physiotherapy, osteopathy, cranial-sacral & somatic trauma therapies, auricular medicine, and functional medicine. Her philosophy dissertation  focused on the Nature of the Mind and her Psychology dissertation on Somatic Coregulation in the therapeutic Alliance.


Her research in mindfulness and awareness was stimulated by her interest in Buddhism, yoga, Qi gong, Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience and somatic and trauma-informed psychology. Anky worked for various hospitals and clinics in the Netherlands, before setting up her own private practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia, known as the "ocean's playground".


Anky follows the latest developments in advanced osteopathy, auricular medicine, mindfulness & qi gong, energy biology, inherited family trauma, and somatic psychology through research and workshops.


She is the owner of A Different Touch Health Clinic & in Halifax.

Anky uses a variety of modalities to integrate body, mind & spirit.

Some of a multitude of challenging ailments she treats include:

  • Acute and unresolved chronic somatic syndromes

  • Unresolved injuries, including concussion & PTSD

  • Inflamed joint and soft tissue trauma, including bone tissue injuries

  • Unresolved TMJ, migraines and stress

  • Speech, concussion and dyslexia issues

  • Pregnancy and birth distress for mother and baby

  • Cardiovascular and neurological syndromes

  • Post-surgery rehabilitation, including post-surgery amnesia issues

  • Unresolved trauma.

Anky is registered with the Association of Psychologist Nova Scotia (APNS), and a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) with MTANS (Massage Therapist’s Association of Nova Scotia) and the Canadian Massage Alliance. She also holds certifications in Process Acupuncture and Auricular Medicine (German, Anglo-Dutch, and Chinese schools). 


Anky is certified with the Internal Family Systems Institute as a IFS therapist (level 3), with Somatic Experiencing International (SEP), with Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP), with EMDR Consulting as an EMDR practitioner, and in Clinical Complex Trauma Professional (CCTP-II). 


She trained as in Systemic and Family Constellations for critical illness, the Five Elemental Systemic Influences, and attachment traumas with Identity Oriented Psychotherapy (IoPT).

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