Healing is a process.
Whether the injury be physical or subtle body sourced, healing takes time, patience, commitment, and deep, full breaths.
Under the guidance of a trained therapist, yoga as therapy constructs the tools and space by which healing as process can be safely and effectively undertaken.
Increasing research supports millennia-tested, experiential findings: when practiced as meditation in movement, yoga is powerful therapy for the mind. Yoga has been found to effectively mitigate mental health issues from eating disorders, to depression and anxiety, to trauma and even psychosis. Indeed, increasingly, Western health care providers are referring patients to yoga therapy, particularly when treatment within the traditional western allopathic model falls short.
Interested in Yoga Therapy for yourself or another? As a Certified Yoga Therapist trained in clinical psychology, I am available for private session integrating the technology of yoga with the therapeutic process.
Generally, clients schedule an intake session, and a follow-up session. If the process feels like a good fit for the kind of healing you are seeking, weekly sessions are recommended, as therapy as process is most effectively undertaken when practiced regularly. Just like learning a new language, the process of yoga as therapy requires practice.
The cost of an initial session is $150; follow-up sessions are $110. Yoga Therapy is not currently directly eligible for insurance coverage, though some clients have been able to file for reimbursement.
Send a note to learn more, and schedule a session. I look forward to helping you seek - and find - the infinite source of healing, within.
What is Yoga Therapy?
"Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress towards improved health and well being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga."
- International Association of Yoga Therapists, July 2012
Yoga as therapy is fundamentally client centered. It’s my goal as your yoga therapist to help you access the inner and infinite source of health and well being I’ve experienced as possible. If you’re looking for a strong physical practice, we’ll craft one together. If you’re in need of something more restorative, and perhaps accessing something beyond the physical body, we’ll create a practice that serves you. If you’re working through injury, of the physical or subtle body, we’ll seek healing together. We will work together to employ the tools of yoga, meditation, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help you seek and find internal strength, ease and peace that you can take off the mat, and into your daily life.
What can you expect?
The tools and practices we’ll primarily use in our sessions include, though are not limited to:
Mantra and Affirmation
Our work begins with an initial assessment and introduction to yoga therapy that will help me come to understand your situation, and also offer you an experience of some of the tools of yoga therapy.
We will schedule additional sessions so that we can more fully explore your needs, and thereby design a program that will help you achieve your goals. Throughout a series of meetings, we will develop individualized practices that you can regularly incorporate into your life. Here is an example of the kind of sequence we will, together, construct, to help mind and body experience healing, and ease.
The Scope of My Practice
Though I am trained in clinical psychology, I want to further enunciate what I consider the scope of my practice, and therefore our work together. If you are presenting with an issue in the physical body, we will work with the tools of yoga therapy to help you find relief, and healing. Often, issues of the physical body are connected to issues resting within the mental body. We will, again, utilize the tools with which I’m trained to help increase your well-being.
I hope that you may begin to consider the space we create as safe, creative, and productive, fertile ground for growth and change. Ultimately, we are partners in this process. In order for us to work successfully together, we’ll need to communicate. I want you to feel comfortable letting me know what works for you, and what might not. For our time together to be as fruitful as I believe it can be, building trust will be essential.
Your Role in Your Healing
I ask that you arrive on time, and come prepared to work. If we’ve designed a home practice for you, I ask that you make every effort to engage in that practice. If you find you’re unable to do the work, for whatever reason, I must trust that you will communicate with me so that we can collaborate on ways your home practice, and our time together, might improve. Our work together is only as constructive as it’s the quality of its inputs. Though our sessions may sometimes be challenging, I will make a commitment to you to keep showing up as long as you do.
Should something present during our sessions, whether it be physical, psychological, or emotional in nature, to which I feel another helping professional would be better suited to attend, I have a responsibility to you to recommend a referral to another practitioner. My ultimate duty is to you, my client, to create a space in which the healing you seek is most possible. I want to make sure we are utilizing all tools at our disposal, and that includes the greater network of healing professionals.
I look forward to beginning this journey with you. I believe that together we can move you toward a healthiness and well being that I truly believe is your most natural state.
The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my Master of Science in Yoga Therapy degree earned from Maryland University of Integrative Health and from other advanced training, not derived from my status as an RYT500 with the Yoga Alliance Registry.