Yoga-psychotherapy is a clinical mind-body approach to mental-health treatment. It must be done by a licensed mental health professional or Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. It is facilitated in a clinical therapy and confidential setting and can be used to treat a variety of mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, and grief, trauma-related disorders.
According to Pamela Tinkham, LCSW and author of the book, “Healing From the Inside Out”, Yoga-Psychotherapy should be considered for several reasons including:
- A body-centered approach is a highly effective way to treat and heal trauma and usually works more quickly than traditional talk therapy methods.
- It is more fun than traditional talk therapy. Using the mind/body connection takes you into a physical realm usually not addressed in traditional therapies.
- Trauma is stored in the body. Therefore, a body-centered approach such as yoga-psychotherapy can directly get to the source and root of the trauma, mental health condition or addiction.
- The future of therapy is a mind/body approach. The mental health field is moving in this direction as more and more research is available from trauma and mental health experts Bessel Van Der Kolk, Peter Levine, Daniel Goleman, Rick Hansen, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Marsha Linehan, and others who are bringing meditation and mindfulness practices into therapy rooms.
- Yoga-psychotherapy can include mind/body/spirit practices where belief of a power greater than oneself (for clients who are open to this) can assist in healing trauma. As an example, I have been a guest teacher at the New York Theological Seminary and I often pray with clients, offering coping strategies from different theological orientations.To learn more about Yoga Psychotherapy please call Carmen Isais, AMFT at 530.601.1003.