Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher & Licensed Therapist
My undergraduate degreee is in fine art, but I discovered that I was drawn to art as a means of psycholigical expression and discovery. This led to earning a master’s degree in Marital & Family Therapy – Art Therapy.
I took my first yoga class in 1990 and immediately found that it resonated deeply with mind, body, and spirit. This eventually led to teaching yoga and completing 2 years of Iyengar yoga teacher training (around 700 hours). Yoga helped me effectively manage my chronic pain and scoliosis and greatly informed my approach throughout training and experience as a therapist. For over 10 years I have been adapting yoga-based movement exercises to be accessible for clients struggling with mental health issues.
Upon discovering TCTSY, I found a framework in line with my years of clinical experienc and completed their 300 hour facillitator program.
About Trauma Sensitive Yoga Class –
This is the yoga method referenced in The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk as taught by Dave Emerson (author of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment) & Jen Turner who facilitated the study showing TCTSY as an effective adjunctive treatment for complex trauma. I have completed their 300 hour training and have studied yoga myself since 1990.
More info on TCTSY here:
How many sessions ?
There is one group of TCTSY with fidelity to the study and a second group with interoceptive yoga and art. The TCTSY group is 60 minutes, 10 sessions and yoga and art process group will be 90 minutes, 10 sessions. Both will be OOP payment, though affordable.
Ideal Clients –
Ideal clients for the TCTSY group would be adult women with a history of trauma (4+ on ACES), who are currently in individual therapy and have a period of stability.
The yoga and art process group will integrate art making into initial check in, offer 20 to 30 minutes of movement, followed by 45 to 55 minutes art making and group process.