Shayla Riordan

Shayla Riordan

Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy

Somatic Experiencing
Prenatal and Birth Therapy

Croi Danu Therapy Centre

086 343 7965  
Shayla, a native of Killarney, has been a therapist for 30 years, working with both individuals and groups, in London and in Ireland. She has worked as a massage therapist, a rebirther and a psychotherapist. ~
In more recent years, she has been using the new cutting edge neuro-physiologically based somatic therapies including biodynamic craniosacral therapy, prenatal & birth therapy and somatic experiencing.
In her group work she uses various approaches, including myth, ritual, breath work, meditation and Gestalt therapy. Shayla prepares pregnant women and couples, for conscious childbirth—both in small groups and individually.
Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy (BCST) The BCST that Shayla practices works on many levels—physical, emotional and energetic. It is often beneficial for fragile or acutely painful conditions, as well as during pregnancy, after an operation, accident, fall or injury. Clients report a variety of experience – comfort, relaxation, easing of emotional distress, lifting of depression, and relief of long held symptoms.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) SE is a pioneering body-based “talking therapy” capable of relieving physical, emotional and psychological shock, stress and trauma. It can help relieve pain and anxiety and restore your sense of self. It is a beautifully simple and powerful process that works with the body’s natural self regulating systems and doesn’t necessarily involve touch body work…although it can include that, when needed. Prenatal & Birth Therapy Our earliest experiences can have lifelong implications for how we live and relate, imprinting on the deepest somatic levels. We can live our lives as if these events are still happening to us, albeit in a completely unconscious way. To access and release these imprints the approach needs to be somatically based. Shayla’s work can be very helpful for anyone traumatised by difficult birth experiences. PNBT work is done both in individual sessions and in small intimate groups.
Active Birth/Yoga Birth: Shayla runs regular courses in gentle yoga-based stretching for pregnancy and the post-natal period, including baby massage within the classes. Courses for couples preparing for birth as required.

Qualifications and Associations

  • Member of the Active Birth Teachers Association & Yoga Birth Teachers Association.
  • Graduate of CTET(Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust) London.
  • Graduate of the Castellino Prenatal & Birth Therapy Training (Santa Barbara, California).
  • Three years training in Somatic Experiencing, the trauma work pioneered by Peter Levine, with SOSI Internationale.
  • Graduate of the Rebillot School of Gestalt & Experiential Learning.
  • Diplomas in Education and in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • Master’s course in Integrative Psychotherapy.