ServicesDepending on your needs and interests, our work together may focus on one or more of the following areas:
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) creates space for individual, present-moment experience. Using simple yoga forms and movements, TCTSY invites trauma survivors to connect with body sensations in a safe way, at their own pace, completely in charge of their own experience.
Developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Mass., TCTSY an empirically validated, evidence-based practice that has been proven to be an effective adjunct treatment for complex trauma and chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. It is built on the foundations of Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory and Neuroscience, and uses the key elements of interoception, shared authentic experience and choice making.
Individual and small group sessions are available. This practice includes no hands-on assists, and no prior yoga experience is required. It is strongly advised that participants be in individual therapy in order to have a place to process their experience.
For Yoga Studios and Teachers:
I offer a three-hour, “Introduction to TCTSY” workshop covering the foundations and key elements of TCTSY. It includes a PowerPoint presentation, a brief experiential practice and leaves time for questions and discussion. It is useful for yoga teachers working with anyone likely to have a trauma background (including those in addiction recovery, domestic violence survivors and those currently or previously incarcerated), as well as those wishing to create more trauma sensitive studio classes.
For Clinicians and Social Service Staff:
I provide training and guidance in how to integrate TCTSY into your clinical practice with no hands-on work and no special yoga training required. Please contact me to schedule an individual session, a session with your peer supervision group or an in-service training.
Mindfulness Based Counseling
Our habitual thoughts, emotions and behavior often cause us to get stuck repeating old patterns or focusing on unrealistic concepts of the future. By bringing our awareness to what is actually happening in the present, we can free ourselves to have a fuller, richer experience of life. Mindfulness can be a powerful skill for dealing with life issues such as anxiety, depression, relationships, grief and loss, transitions, and creating a sense of meaning and purpose in your life.
The benefits of meditation include mental strength, stability, clarity and an increased sense of peace. Learning the basic technique of sitting meditation forms the foundation of a sustainable mindfulness practice. Receive guidance and support for incorporating the simple yet powerfully transformative elements of mindfulness into your daily life.
Yoga Therapy and Mind-Body Integration
Yoga therapy uses a combination of breathing, postures, relaxation and energy work tailored to your unique physical and emotional needs to help you heal from injury, illness and emotional distress, and develop your own innate wisdom and self-trust.
Similar to Yoga therapy, but drawing from a wider array of movement techniques and somatic therapies, mind-body integration works to access emotions and energy in the body in order to develop greater self-awareness, empowerment and freedom. This work is a wonderful adjunct to traditional psychotherapy, or can be used on its own.
Support Groups on Self-Esteem and Body Image
Use movement, meditation, talking, journaling, art and the support of community to create a healthy and loving self-image.