Many people familiar with yoga therapy might assume that yoga-psychotherapy is the same thing with another name. Yoga-informed psychotherapy is more clinical in nature and must be done by a licensed mental health professional. It is facilitated in a clinical setting and can be used to treat a variety of mental health issues, including trauma, depression, anxiety and self-esteem.
- A body-centered approach is a highly effective way to treat and heal trauma and usually works more quickly than traditional talk therapy methods.
- It is more fun than traditional talk therapy. Using the mind/body connection takes you into a physical realm usually not addressed in traditional therapies.
- Trauma is stored in the body. Therefore, a body-centered approach such as yoga-psychotherapy can directly get to the source and root of the trauma, mental health condition or addiction.
- The future of therapy is a mind/body approach. The mental health field is moving in this direction as more and more research is available from trauma and mental health experts Bessel Van Der Kolk, Peter Levine, Daniel Goleman, Rick Hansen, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Marsha Linehan, and others who are bringing meditation and mindfulness practices into therapy rooms.
- Yoga-psychotherapy can include mind/body/spirit practices where belief of a power greater than oneself (for clients who are open to this) can assist in healing trauma. As an example, I have been a guest teacher at the New York Theological Seminary and I often pray with clients, offering coping strategies from different theological orientations.