Dr. Cacky Mellor, Ph.D.
Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist/Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Hi there! I’m Dr. Cacky and I have spent the past 15 years studying the power of words on the body, mind, soul, and society. In my undergrad, I studied art therapy and holistic psychology at Lesley University. After which I received my Masters of Education in art-based activism and social entrepreneurship from Lesley’s Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences.
While adjunct teaching and deepening my embodied practice, I earned my PhD in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
I have cultivated a diverse somatic toolkit to support client’s on their healing journey. I am a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator, provisional Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and RYT-500. Additionally, I am an experienced Reiki Master practitioner and have done training in energy work, embodied social justice, EFT, NLP, and somatic attachment therapy. I am also a non-denominational reverend. I draw from her eclectic background to meet each client’s unique needs and goals.
My current work is centered around the internalization of language, narrative, and trauma on a somatic level and how it affects interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships. I am deeply passionate about social justice, the arts, intergenerational trauma, and somatics.
I live in the Boston area with my beloved partner and cat.
I had never tried Somatic Experiencing before, but was always open to alternative therapies. I went in with an open mind and few expectations. After thirty minutes via video call, I was amazed in the difference I felt. My body released pain and tension that I had been holding for years, some of which I had gotten so used to that I wasn’t aware of it until it was gone. I found Cacky to be gentle, patient and very skilled in her practice. I look forward to booking another session soon.
Private Client, Victoria, AUS
I had never taken part in a somatic experiencing session before, but had an interest in seeing what it was all about. Cacky had a beautiful way of introducing me to this practice, and guiding me through the process. She allowed me to stay in the driver seat, while offering invitations and suggestions along the way. I felt relaxed and at ease through the journey, and got to learn a lot about myself, as well as how much wisdom my body holds. I would highly recommend cacky as a guide to explore this practice with. Thankyou cacky for providing a safe space for my first somatic experience.
Jake, MA, USA
I’ve been through more than a handful of different approaches to talk therapy, but nothing as powerful as even a single SE session. I’ve gone in to each session composed and disconnected from my emotional and physical self, just from the rush of life, sure that I’ll be in the same state when we wrap up. Each session though, I’ve delved viscerally into body and mind into depths I didn’t even know were there and each time it has surprised and recentered me in an incredibly powerful way. If you have the opportunity to engage in an SE session with Cacky and entrust yourself to her kind, present, empathic guidance, you will without a doubt deepen the experience of your personal growth and your mind/body connection.
Tessa, CT, USA
Using this technique with Cacky really surprised me. I've done lots of body work and talk therapy before, but the insights I got with Cacky were like nothing I've experienced before. The memories held in the cells of my body, especially my arms and hands, became conscious to me. Like I could finally understand how my body felt about the decisions my brain was making. And my body was wise. I should be trusting my body more. Thank you Cacky for enabling these insights, I don't think I could have gotten them any other way!
Whitney, CT, USA
I approached Cacky for an SE session in the raw depths of experiencing a deep + long-standing emotional trigger/activation. Right at the beginning of our session, Cacky presented the concept that her role in our session was, in part, to be bumper rails as I processed. And that was deeply true; I felt incredibly contained, supported, and held in my processing and releasing. As I spoke and sat with this particular trigger, Cacky guided me deeper into my body (and thus emotions) through questions. Cognitively, it didn’t feel like much was happening but as the minutes rolled on, we invited a vast softness and spaciousness to my body, emotions, and mind. And by the end, we had diffused the trigger and invited the wisdom of my body, intuition, and heart to lead the way forward. I feel deeply grateful for Cacky’s beautiful holding and invitation into the body so that I could remember and access the truth that lives within.
Marissa, ME, USA