Depth Empathy

In individual sessions with Sarah, the focus is on you, and on depth empathy. We slow down in the presence of what is bothering you, get the input of your body, and make sure we are naming the fullness of your experience. Then we return to your body sensations to make sure that the full experience has been held with compassion and care, taking full advantage of the brain’s capacity for growth and change. If more than one voice is present within you, we support a dialogue between parts, so that each is invited into an empathetic relationship with the other. If there is an Interpersonal Neurobiology concept that may strengthen your internal compassionate self-witness, Sarah will ask if you would enjoy hearing about it. Options for one-on-one support:

- Telephone sessions: 30 minutes, 1 hour, 90 minutes or 2 hours. Sessions can be recorded.
- In-person sessions in Vancouver, WA: 30 minutes to 2 hours.
- Empathy walks along the Salmon Creek watershed or along the Columbia River riverfront in Vancouver, WA: 30 min. to 2 hours.
- Short turnaround addiction/compulsion empathy support: weekdays 5-6 a.m. sign up by 5 pm the evening before.
- E-mail empathy and strategy support. Contact Sarah to inquire.

Questions & Answers

Depth empathy sessions with Sarah can be in person or long-distance, on skype or phone. The time begins with a brief check-in, and then, following body sensations with somatic empathy, we will use words together to create a sense of resonance and fluidity, learning the deeper truths and longings that lie at the heart of the situation, and nourishing the growth of your compassionate self-witness. Where necessary, we will move back in time to resolve old trauma. When the client wishes it, constellation work is also available in 1:1 sessions to support a deepening compassion for the entire, multigenerational family system.

Is an empathy session therapy?

No, empathy sessions strictly follow the body sensations of the client, letting the body’s story unfold as the experience is being attuned with in words. The emphasis is on co-creating a resonance based on Nonviolent Communication feelings and needs-based language.

How long are the sessions and how much do they cost?  Sessions last 55 minutes (or 85 minutes, or 120 minutes) and $350 per 55-minute hour for one person, and $400 per 55-minute hour for more than one person or for couples work.

What times and days of the week are sessions possible?

I schedule clients Mondays through Thursdays, from 5am to 4pm Pacific time. I am currently scheduling sessions 5 months out. I request 24-hour notice of cancellation, or that you pay for your cancelled session.

Do I get to cut it short if I want to?


What outcome can I expect after one session?

If you are working with single-incident trauma, you will experience a significant shift in reclamation of life energy from just one session.

How many sessions will it take to experience a shift in my non-supportive patterns?

If the patterns of how you treat yourself are due to a simple unfamiliarity with self-compassion, it takes about eight months of weekly sessions to see a significant shift. If you are also working with my book, you will experience a shift over about the same time period with fewer sessions. If you have an entrenched pattern of self-hatred, then the time period for a significant shift is about 3-5 years.

If it gets intense for me, can I take a break and still retain the benefits of the work?

Yes. Listen to your body. It will tell you how quickly you can move.



I am continually surprised and enthralled by the process of previously hidden and elusive qualities of my inner landscape –the things that run silently, wordlessly through my being, the layers of my dreams, the roots of my passions, the nooks and crannies of implicit memories–coming to light, coming into words, metaphors and new images, and into my own awareness, as a result of my one-on-one work with Sarah Peyton. As Sarah shares with me her understanding of the effects of childhood neglect, I have come to understand why I have been blocked and unable to feed my own creative impulses. I never grew up knowing what an caring adult would sound like if they could sustain enough attention to inquire into my inner life as a child. No wonder I was not able to hold myself without judgment. Instead I gave too much weight to my inner critic and not enough space and listening to my creative impulses.Somehow I have learned to invoke her presence, her compassionate and gentle ability to ‘stay with’ whatever is struggling to make itself known. She has modeled for me a way of deep listening and openness to the many disparate and muted voices within me. She makes it safe enough for those muted voices to speak and trust they will be heard and held. And I’m learning to do this for myself in my creative practice.” - Mika Maniwa, Vancouver, BC Canada


"I have been a therapist for 15 years doing inner child work and EMDR and it was not until I started working with Sarah that I really understood how to resolve events from the past for myself and my clients." - C. Thomas, Philadelphia, PA


Depth Empathy Practitioners I Recommend:

Eric Bowers

I support people who want to move through their fears, trauma, and limiting core beliefs.  I use somatic-based empathy processes to help people find inner freedom, trust, and empowerment so they can build a great relationship with themselves and with their partners, family members, and friends. I offer a complimentary 30-minute session for new clients so they can get all the information they need to find out if I’m a good fit for them, and so they can hear about the rates for my different packages of sessions

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forest chaffee

I work with people who are passionate about living their unique contribution in our world and have specific internal blocks that keep them from making their full impact. I support people in integrating the traumas related to these blocks so they can move into their authentic expression and contribution with more ease. I support couples to deepen their intimacy when both individuals are currently working with me to heal and integrate past pain that is impacting the dyad. Sessions are a combination of resonant body-based empathy, sharing interpersonal neurobiology frameworks for understanding healing and self-compassion, parts' dialogues, and constellation work.

Sara Kammerzell

Sara Kammerzell is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Advanced Imago Relationship Therapist and has brought her passion to unleash full human potential to individuals and couples for over 15 years.

Working with the innate resilience of the human spirit, Sara teams up with her clients to find and restore their will towards wholeness and the hope that propels the next steps in growth.  She engenders trust in the wariest people through the depth and sincerity of her engagement.  She meets clients where they are at with gentle curiosity and a penetrating warmth that disarms old defenses and allows the genuineness within to emerge.



Phone:  604 992-9954

Address:  307-402 West Pender, Vancouver BC

Gloria Lybecker

Gloria Lybecker, is an Independent NVC & IPNB Facilitator, Certified Parent & Family Coach, Academy for Coaching with Horses Professional, Mediator, and Practitioner. With over 15 years of experience, Gloria offers sessions in person, on the phone and on skype, working with: Child/Teen/Family Sessions, Individual, Couples, Group and Marriage Sessions, Parent Support/Skills, Consulting, Relationship and Life Coaching, Trauma/Depression/Anxiety, and Developmental/Lagging Skills.

For those in the Spokane area, Gloria is also a Healing With Horses Specialist. “As a Healing With Horses Specialist I partner with my horses providing a safe space where healing any shame, broken trust, insecurity, fear, anxiety or unresolved trauma happens simply and naturally. In sessions the client is introduced to the horses and supported in building a relationship with them. I create emotional building blocks for empathic resonance with simple activities and use Buck Brannaman’s natural horsemanship style approaches to work within the horse’s instincts.”

Working with Gloria, you will be astonished by the self-compassion that arises by experientially understanding how a body-oriented approach of resonance and naming sensations reduces stress in the body, changes us from the inside out, and shifts us energetically.

Contact Gloria: | (509) 876-1802

Susan Skye

I love working in depth with people who want to thrive.  Most folks I work with have a long standing interest in growth, have many parts of their life working well but are frustrated by some repeated patterns of stress, or relationship or anxiety; usually also frustrated by much of the experience they have had with ‘standard’ therapists.  I work with a combination of deep empathy, long clinical experience, and within the context of the current marvelous breakthroughs in neuroscience.  I am certified as a trainer in Nonviolent Communication (20 years), MA in Psychology, and as a practitioner of EMDR (trauma healing).  I specialize in redressing the damage of early childhood trauma and neglect.


Individual:  Sliding scale from $100/hour to $ 150/hour

Couples:  Sliding scale $125/hour – $150/hour

Kangs Trevens, MHRS

I am an empathic counselor learning, teaching, and living the principles of Nonviolent Communication since 2008. I bring presence and compassion to healing practices from various traditions: mindfulness-based techniques, somatic empathy, the Emotional Freedom Technique and addressing the past that is impacting present-day. I am available for conflict mediation, support before or after challenging conversations, and for Mourning, Healing and Reconciliation processes to heal past wounds and repair disconnect in relationships. In 11 years working as a mental health counselor in Residential Treatment, I have supported clients to manage mental illness and addiction. I specialize in the Queer/LGBTIQQA community and in transgender sensitivity. I provide care for diversity issues, underserved populations, nontraditional lifestyles, politically radical folks, activists, vegans, and highly sensitve people (HSPs). I support people to heal depression, anxiety, trauma, challenges with suicidal thoughts, and other emotional struggles regardless of financial ability. I value the intentions of the gift economy, and I'm open to a wide range of payments or trades. I see clients in person in Oakland, California and via phone or Skype. Flexible hours. 

Website:  Email: 

Phone: (510) 658-2257  Texts: (701) 526-472

Jenna Rizzo, LMHC

Jenna Rizzo is a Seattle based Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Somatic Empathy coach. She is trained in EMDR Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and Somatic Empathy. Jenna draws on the latest neuroscience about how the brain and body hold trauma, and how healing can occur when different brain functions are tended to with body-based empathic connection. She is courageous and intuitive, drawing the kernel of truth from each client and each situation and helps to bring it into the open so that you may experience a felt sense of empathic connection- being see, being heard, being known.  "Jenna listens into what I’m saying and is able to reflect back to me more than just what I said.  She amplifies and helps me bring words to the sacred stuff my intuition is sharing with me." - Stephanie Phillips, M.A. Jenna offers a free 20 minute consultation to see if working together is right for you.  Website: Email: Phone: 206-355-8386
Rev. Katherine Revoir

Rev. Katherine Revoir

As I’ve been studying Interpersonal Neurobiology with Sarah, I’ve opened to new depths of my own self-understanding and self-love. Sharing this profound work with others brings me great joy and fulfillment.   My clients experience more emotional balance, peace, clear thinking, and choice. These changes can happen with remarkable ease. I bring over 25 years of training and experience as a spiritual counselor. In our work together we can integrate your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, so that you live with more joy, clarity, and freedom. I’d love to support you in making your life more wonderful. “Katherine’s warmth helped me feel safe enough to do the healing I’ve longed for my whole life. I’m making sense of my personal history and returning to a more unified experience of myself.” ~ Richard K   “For years I have worked on healing the debilitating effects of trauma. In just a few sessions with Katherine, persistent patterns of self-sabotage have been transformed, and I’m more able to enjoy life instead of just managing or coping.” ~ Samantha White Contact me for a free, half-hour discovery session. I work in person (in Mill Valley, CA), by phone, Skype, or Google Hangout. Website:   Phone: 415 381-9161 Text: 415 310-1946 email:  
Marilyn Mullen, MA

Marilyn Mullen, MA

I am a Center for Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer studying primarily with Sarah Peyton since 2012. The depth empathy work has tremendously expanded and deepened my understanding and I love attuning to and holding empathic space for others with warmth and respect, toward more ease and clarity in their lives. I enjoy teaching NVC/IPNB at Casper College as well as supporting mediation clients and organizations of all kinds with this work. I offer resonant, body-based sessions in person (Casper, WY) and also by phone, Skype, FaceTime, and Google Hangout.