Emotional regulation sessions using a Surrogate are for individuals with limited verbal capabilities or are non-verbal.  These clients include children under 9, autism, stroke, Alzheimer’s, etc.

Surrogate sessions are only done in person.

A surrogate session involves coordinated work between 

  • a Emotional Regulation Professional (ERP) to conduct the session,
  • a Surrogate to connect with the client and answer the questions for the client, and
  • the client, who processes of emotional sensations in their own body.

The Surrogate feels the client’s subtle body responses to the questions during the emotional regulation and relays that information verbally.  As a result, this work may involve a light touch on the client, like holding a hand, if possible.

if there is no demand, there is no regulation

Generally, the client’s guardian decides what emotional situation will be the subject of the regulation. But, even though they do not communicate verbally, it is critical to the process that the client want the help and they agree to do the work. They must, on some level, engage in the process for it to be effective. If they remain passive, no demand/no engagement, it won’t work.  This is not something anyone but the client can decide.

Because surrogate sessions are unique situations with multiple people involved,
PLEASE call us to discuss your case, get pricing and schedule an appointment.


Surrogate sessions are also available for animal friends. Horses, Dog and Cats also carry emotional blocks and trauma that affect their happiness and health in the same way as we humans.

Be sure to talk to us BEFORE you book a Surrogate Session.