Individual Psychotherapy + Trauma-Sensitive Yoga
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Group Classes
As a trauma-informed psychotherapist and yoga instructor, Angie is able to combine body-centered psychotherapy with mindful movement and yoga to support individuals in learning to regulate physical and emotional reactions, reconnect with the body with more feelings of safety and a sense of strength and control. The focus is on the internal experience rather than the outward physical form. Elements of traditional hatha yoga modified to cultivate body-awareness and a felt sense experience of empowerment and choice.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga is often referred to as a body-based method that helps calm and regulate the nervous system, increase body awareness, and increase the ability to feel and tolerate a range of emotions and sensation -- which are all essential components of trauma recovery.
Trauma-sensitive yoga is an incredible addition to psychotherapy for many people and has been empirically validated as a clinical intervention for complex trauma and treatment-resistant PTSD. Most experts agree that the effects of trauma live on in the body of trauma survivors. Yoga is not only a practice of physical forms, it also impacts individuals on a mental and emotional level.
“For real change to take place, the body needs to learn that the danger has passed
and to live in the reality of the present.”
Bessel van der Kolk (The Body Keeps the Score)
Two articles about the effectiveness of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga
“Know that you are already complete. And, nothing, no one, can make you
more than you already are.” Rod Stryker
My path to yoga
I began my practice of yoga over 20 years ago when I was pregnant with my second child. The sense of peace, stillness, and quiet that I felt from that first class were qualities that kept me coming back and to eventually pursue teacher training. My yoga training includes a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Living Yoga Program in Austin in 2005, YogaEd certification, and master classes from my main teacher, Rod Stryker, and other incredible teachers. I teach Trauma-Sensitive Yoga as a group class, as well as bringing elements into individual therapy for clients, as appropriate. I have completed trauma sensitive yoga training and traumatic stress studies through the Trauma Center/JRI. By creating a safe and welcoming environment we will begin to explore movement, make choice, and notice inner and outer sensations while feeling an increased sense of strength and embodiment.