Absolutely not! In fact, including yoga or meditation in our practice is entirely optional. This is a great tool for many people, but it's not for everyone. I practice based on what feels natural and supportive for each person.
As long as you're able to breathe, you're able to do yoga! In the U.S., we often see yoga as a sweaty, active, fast-paced exercise. And although this type of yoga exists and has benefits, yoga at its core is simply using the breath to unite our mind and body so that we may move into deeper awareness and balance. There's great power in recognizing and respecting where you're at without judgement or comparison. This is a valuable tool we will incorporate from yogic philosophy. If we're able to foster this compassion for our physical bodies, we grow in our abilities to be gentle with our emotional body as well. No matter what your physical or health status is, this practice can and will be individualized to benefit you.
Yes. And you can be, too.
Then I won’t push you to discuss childhood stuff. It’s important to me to meet you where you’re at and begin with areas that are accessible for you. Reliving old traumas isn’t always beneficial in therapy. Beginning with physical sensations and restorative yoga may be a better place to start.
Psychotherapy varies. Some people will see a therapist only a few times and feel great relief, while others may benefit from sessions on a long-term basis. Although it's not in my practice to predict a certain number of sessions for clients, I’m very transparent and believe that discussing any concerns you may have regarding your care is valuable to your clinical experience. Please feel free to discuss this openly with me.
No. I’m not qualified to prescribe medications. However, I’m happy to work alongside you and your psychiatrist to ensure you’re feeling your best.
I don’t. It’s very important to me to respect your personal space and to allow you to feel safe during our sessions together. Although I often use physical sensations and experiences in sessions, these tools are meant for your experience of self and will be shaped to suit your comfortability.
Talking about discomfort is a vital part of the therapeutic process. In yoga, you will often hear instructors say “play with your edge” or “lean into the discomfort”. Often times, if we want to change behavior, we need to challenge ourselves to play with our edge and carve out space for new growth. However, this experience should very rarely feel painful. When pain that we’ve been avoiding does arise, it’s important to know we have the option to stay if it feels ok or to back off and come back another time. If you’re uncomfortable with something I’m doing or saying, I’m always learning and would love to discuss this openly.