Embodied Psychotherapy is a blend of yoga, mindfulness, and somatic psychotherapy. While this style is inspired by Eastern philosophy, it is rooted in traditional psychotherapy and informed by science. This way of working encourages you to “watch” your thoughts and feelings and get curious about what is happening. With continued practice you feel more calm, less anxious and more resilient.
I’m trained in a variety of somatic techniques that link mind and body, which lends flow and flexibility to the work. Specifically, I’m trained in Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, Yin Yoga and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy.
What distinguishes Embodied Psychotherapy from other approaches is the intentional use of Yin Yoga. This style of yoga is slow and intentional. It goes past “bone-knowing.” Yin Yoga moves energy at a deeper level. It works on the fascia and tissues that holds it all together.
Just as heavy thoughts make our shoulders tight, releasing deep tension calms the mind. It’s all connected. For this reason, yin is a powerful tool for personal work. I’ll guide you to listen within and stay with your feelings as you explore your edges. Once you learn to listen, you’re the boss. You take that learning with you wherever you go.
Yin Yoga is practiced sitting or lying on the floor. There are no planks, no warriors, no core work. No dynamic sun salutations or standing poses. While yin is a simple practice, it’s not always an easy or comfortable one. The work of Embodied Therapy is to help you develop a personal practice or take your current one to the next level.
How It Works
There is no separating mind from body. How we feel is impacted by what we do physically, and vice versa. In many ways, Yin Yoga is a form of cognitive therapy as it enables us to become more aware of our thoughts and beliefs, as well as our strengths and resources. And, because it can be stirring, it’s good to have someone there for guidance and support.
For the dedicated practitioner looking to create or deepen a personal practice, it takes about 9 to 12 individual sessions. I offer a three-session Introductory Package to jump start the process.
One of the keys to self-study is learning how to slow down. In this sense, Yin Yoga is a sneaky way to practice turning inward. This happens safely and thoughtfully in a contained space. The lingering is where the magic happens, where the spark of innate healing is ignited.
Benefits of Personal Practice:
- Calms the mind and body
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Increases circulation
- Improves flexibility
- Restores range of motion
- Balances the internal organs
- Improves the flow of energy
Embodied Psychotherapy teaches you a larger, holistic practice of self-care that improves sleep, builds resilience, repairs tissues, cultivates balance, relieves tension, encourages mindfulness, and fosters deeper connection. This type of work is currently an adjunct to the traditional therapy I offer. Regardless to which style you prefer, all therapy begins with two people sitting across from each other in a safe and confidential environment.