Trauma-Informed Yoga Integrated Counseling


Trauma-informed yoga is widely considered to be the one of the most effective body-based therapies available. Yoga has been shown to be most effective in healing trauma when it is integrated into a larger therapeutic framework utilizing traditional mental help modalities. Organizations as diverse as the U.S. Army and the U.S prison system have embraced yoga as an evidence-based approach to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going inside ourselves.
— Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Yoga, by itself, is not a standalone therapy,  but we can utilize it to complement our sessions to help you on your path to healing.

Beth has received in-depth training on the principles and practices of trauma-informed yoga and incorporating yoga chair-based postures into her counseling sessions with clients who want to do this work.

The sessions focus on chair yoga postures, yogic breathing exercises, and yoga nidra (the yogic sleep).

The purpose of this work we will do together  is on helping to regulate the  autonomic nervous system as the groundwork for trauma healing.

In these yoga-integrated counseling sessions we utilize:

-          Chair yoga warm- up and posture sequence

By using chair trauma-yoga postures, we can:

  • Track body sensation

  • Gain self-mastery

  • Increase self-regulation

  • Expand present-moment awareness

-          Breath work

  • To help regulate the ANS and calm symptoms of trauma, anxiety and depression

We have learned that trauma is not just an event that took place sometime in the past; it is also the imprint left by that experience on mind, brain, and body. This imprint has ongoing consequences for how the human organism manages to survive in the present. Trauma results in a fundamental reorganization of the way mind and brain manage perceptions. It changes not only how we think and what we think about, but also our very capacity to think.
— Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

What our clients are saying:

I have been in therapy for a long time, but I have learned more and grew more as a person with Beth Kane than ever before.
— E.M.
My life has changed so much for the better and I have become a stronger and more complete person. The skills I have learned have made a huge difference in my relationship with myself and others.
— Elizabeth B.