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Anky Aarts

Anky Aarts, MScPsy, IMTC, RMT, IFS, SEP, EMDR, CCTP, researched the body - mind -brain connection for more than 40 years. Anky earned a MPhil in Philosophy and a MSc in Psychology. She holds degrees in physio/massage therapy, osteopathy, cranial-sacral & somato-emotional therapies, auricular medicine, functional medicine. Her MPhil was in metaphysics on: the Nature of the Mind and her Psychology dissertation on Co-regulation.


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), and with Somatic Experiencing International as a SEP, and with EMDR consulting as an EMDR practitioner and certified in Complex Trauma Therapy. 


She trained as in Systemic and Family Constellations for critical illness, the Five Elements, and in Identity Oriented Psychotherapy (IoPT).

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