Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation, and Somatic body-based practices can be integrated into your psychotherapy or coaching experience to increase your resilience and facilitate your healing and transformation process. These supplemental treatment approaches allow you to access the Science of your body and use it to change your mind and emotions.
How Does It Work?
The human brain and nervous system are negatively affected by mental health disorders and trauma. This is particularly noticeable in dysfunctional breathing and muscle use; frequently experienced as tightness, aches, and pains. These uncomfortable and painful sensations reinforce an individual's mental and emotional distress.
Traditional talk therapy focuses primarily on thoughts and feelings, which is a “top-down” approach to healing a person via the brain and mind. Somatic therapies focus on sensations in the body and leverage the body's neurology to create healing, which is a “bottom-up” approach. The combination of both therapeutic methods is especially powerful and effective as you can recalibrate your brain-body functioning.
What will I Experience?
I begin by teaching clients mindfulness practices to increase internal awareness of disrupted functions. Then I incorporate simple breathing exercises known to reset dysfunctional nervous system signaling to the brain and body. If and when appropriate, I teach clients different yoga postures that support various types of breathing and create nervous system stimulation or dampening. These practices support your neurological reset of body and brain.
My professional expertise as a psychologist and advanced yoga teacher allows me to safely and appropriately integrate yoga and somatic practices into your session. The appointment can move between different modalities of healing as you need and are ready for. I make referrals to chiropractors, acupuncturists, and physical therapists when necessary, and can work with your current medical providers.
For those interested in working primarily on the physical practice of yoga, please refer to www.sophiaottyoga.com for more information.
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Education and Selected Training
- February 2015, Yoga Medicine 200-hour Yoga Teacher
- Yoga Alliance Certified RYT 200-hour Yoga Teacher (www.yogaalliance.org)
- October 2017, Joy of Yoga 500-hour Yoga Teacher (www.breathetogetheryoga.com)
- Yoga Alliance Certified RYT 500-hour Yoga Teacher
- Bo Forbes Psy.D., Yoga for Emotional Balance Training
- Judith Hanson Lasater Ph.D., PT, Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga Training