My trauma-informed educational experiences include:
Recipient of Certification in Trauma Sensitive Yoga (2013)
Recipient of approval of my TSY-230 hour Yoga Teacher Trainer course by the nationwide governing body Yoga Alliance (2017)
Author of 2 books on healing trauma (2015 and 2016). An excerpt was published in the New York based USA TODAY magazine in 2017.
Student of 6-month study course in Body Psychology with Dr. Karyne Wilner in Rhode Island (2018)
Acceptance into Dr. Peter Levine’s 3-year program in Somatic Experiencing for trauma healing (2018)
I have been interviewed by Dr. Felicia Clark and Dr. Kristie Overstreet on my topic of trauma resolution and creating healthy relationships with the body. (2016 and 2019)
I have spoken about the subject of Post Traumatic Growth at the Harvard Faculty Club (2016)
Student of The Justice Resource Institute's, David Emerson's, online trauma healing through Yoga course
Research shows that trauma sensitive yoga can reduce the symptoms of PTS, and/or Complex Trauma in all people and age groups.
The focus of trauma sensitive yoga is on giving participants a comfortable way to experience their body, and to identify the present moment ability to make choices based on current day experiences in and out of sessions.
Trauma sensitive yoga is an effective tool to any type of psychotherapy, medication, peer-supported sessions, and/or counseling.
The Justice Resource Institute as spearheaded by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk did a study with people who had been in therapy for 10 years and had little to no experience with Yoga. What they found was that after practicing Yoga one time a week for 10 weeks straight their Post Traumatic Stress symptoms reduced 33% and after 2 months upon check-in this same group no longer had enough symptoms to be classified as having Post Traumatic Stress. They were able to continue working on their lives with their clinician and expand on their mental well-being and health otherwise known as Post Traumatic Growth as illustrated by Dr. Martin Seligman in his research and book Authentic Happiness.
The following are helpful resources:
8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery: Take-Charge Strategies to Empower Your Healing by Babette Rothschild
Waking The Tiger by Dr. Peter Levine
Trauma and Memory by Dr. Peter Levine
Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body by David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper PhD
Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman M.D.
The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment by Babette Rothschild
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D
Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery: Simple, Safe, and Effective Practices for Therapy by Deirdre Fay