Yoga

Yoga for Mental Health

I am offering a new virtual skills group starting Sept 15, 2021. The format will be a yoga class (mat, props, comfy clothes), and it will interweave psychological principles and concepts (largely drawn from DBT, ACT, and CBT) in a sequence of postures. There will be a theme or specific focus each week. The goal of the group is to provide tools and a space to connect with therapeutic principles in an embodied way. The class will incorporate gentle movement and breathing exercises with the goal of acting on the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system (rest and digest). Most of the time our lives are driven by the sympathetic branch (fight or flight, chronic stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, strenuous exercise, eating disorder behaviors). The group will be a yoga class format not a group therapy format, which is usually more interactive and involves a check-in. The reason for this is to keep the focus on the poses and skills and, most importantly, on embodiment rather than conversation, which is a cognitive and often sympathetically-driven process. 


When: Wednesdays 7p-8p Where: Virtual Cost: $15

Registration: Admission is rolling. Please contact me if you would like to sign-up.

About Me

About Me

I specialize in treating adults with anxietylaura-aversa-5621-109732, including extensive experience treating eating disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavioral techniques, meaning that we will look at patterns of thinking and habits in behaviors that may be maintaining negative mood states or problematic situations. My therapeutic style is collaborative, open and interpersonal, meaning we work together to address problems and feedback runs both directions. I strive to meet patients where they are at and personalize treatment whether you are new to therapy or not, wanting help w/ a specific concern or struggling to identify what that is, or ready to share versus a little unsure.

Areas of Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders and Body Image
  • Posttraumatic Stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Career/School/Performance-related issues
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Behavioral/Impulse-Control Concerns
  • Depression
  • Personal Growth
  • Health-related anxiety
  • Coping Skills

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