What Is It?
Mindful Embodied Therapy developed from twenty-five years of pursuing the question, “What is health?” It utilizes yoga, mindfulness, parts work, dreamwork and somatic psychotherapy. What differentiates this therapy is the use of the body. I’ll guide you to listen within and stay with your feelings as you linger in restorative poses.
The poses are used as “neurolinguistic tools.” The long hold times allow time to reflect on feelings, emotions, fears and thoughts. Longer hold times are needed to releases the physical tension. As the body releases tension, the mind follows. Similar to how heavy thoughts can make our shoulders tight, releasing deep tension calms the mind. It’s all connected.
This style is informed by:
- Body-based Awareness
- Yoga Philosophy
- Parts Work/Child Work
- Mindfulness Strategies
- Jungian Psychology
My approach is holistic. I pull from a variety of healing modalities which lends flow and flexibility to the work. My training leans toward somatic techniques that link mind and body. Specifically, I’m trained in addiction, Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, yin yoga and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy.
What distinguishes Mindful Embodied Therapy from other approaches is the use of yoga, which is so much more than stretching. Yoga is a blueprint for healthy living. Several recent studies suggest that yoga may help strengthen social attachments, reduce stress and relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Yoga principles such as non-judgment, compassion, spirituality and the connection of all living things can help relieve stress, enhance compassion. So often, when clients are talking about issues they hold their breath sending a message to the nervous system that they are in danger. Bringing this to awareness is one way in which yoga is utilized in therapy.
In many ways, yoga is a form of cognitive therapy as it helps us become more aware of our thoughts and beliefs, as well as our strengths and resources. We literally “lean into” our discomfort. This ability to safely explore one’s edge is an important life skill.
One of the keys to self-study is learning how to slow down. In this sense, yoga is also a sneaky way to practice mindfulness. This occurs when we settle our mind and learn to witness our internal workings. The lingering is where the magic happens, where the spark of innate healing is ignited.
Please contact Kerry for more information.