Integrated Therapy

Combining psychotherapy with yoga and mindfulness.

Integrated therapy combines traditional talk therapy with holistic interventions to treat the whole body and mind

My training background includes not only psychology, but also mindfulness and yoga. Therefore, an integrated session will combine traditional psychotherapy, mindfulness, and techniques found in yoga traditions (which is not just exercise!). 

Treating your problems with a holistic solution, an integrated session will incorporate several techniques, depending on your present needs.

An integrated therapy session may combine any of the following elements, and each session is customized to each individual’s particular needs at the time:

  • Talk therapy to clarify needs, find resolution and support goals

  • Intention-setting (bhavana) to establish aims and set the mood of the session

  • Guided imagery to strengthen your intention of the session

  • Breath work (pranayama) to calm or energize and help bring emotional and physical balance

  • Meditation to guide the mind towards gaining concentration and mindfulness (presence) skills

  • Sound (mantra) to support your session intention and seal your intention

  • Hand gestures (mudras) to stimulate different parts of your body or to seal energy

  • Guided relaxation (yoga nidra) to nurture deeper states of relaxation and better sleep

  • Aromatherapy to help energize or relax

Teaching a pranayama technique for balanced mood.

Teaching a pranayama technique for balanced mood.

Components of an Integrated Session:


Why integrate yoga, mindfulness and psychotherapy?

Ample evidence

There is ample evidence that the mind and body are interconnected.  Mindfulness and yoga practices help to reduce stress, become more present and engaged in life, and can lead to less emotional reactivity to life's stressors.  John Kabat Zinn, Tara Brach, Amy Weintraub and Jack Kornfield, to name a few, have made careers discussing, researching, and disseminating these concepts: that the ancient practices of meditation, mindfulness and yoga can benefit the mental health and well being in our modern Western society.  

Integrating yoga and mindfulness with psychology has been shown to increase our ability to manage our emotion and increase neural plasticity.

Burgeoning field of practice

Incorporating these concepts in the psychotherapy office is a burgeoning field.  Research that promotes and validates the connection between these practices and our well-being is robust. Marina Kaplan, author of Yoga and Psyche, and a team of graduate students conducted a meta-analysis of this research, and concluded that yoga has a "positive effect on post-traumatic disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, immunity issues, eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, well-being and mood."

Life Force Yoga, a program in which I am trained, has also been proven to be effective as an augment or treatment for PTSD, depression, as well as anxiety.  

benefits to our neurological system and ability to change

Furthermore, the subject of neural plasticity, that we are able to change our brain's function, has also been widely researched and has recently gained more public attention.  Integrating psychology and yoga techniques, especially meditation, allows us to re-direct and change our neural pathways.  

Yoga practices will:

  • Train you to direct the mind towards focused attention.

  • This focused attention will strengthen our gray matter in certain areas of our brain and increase the efficiency of the workings of your mind.  

  • Move your body, which is widely known to help manage stress, maintain health, and improve mood.

Psychotherapy practices will:

  • Allow you to guide, understand and change/re-direct your thoughts, behaviors and habitual patterns towards a more satisfying and healthy manner.

Finally, combining yoga and mindfulness-based movements provide an alternative therapeutic environment for those who may find it challenging to express themselves freely or who desire a different experience to traditional psychotherapy.

Integrating yoga and psychology in the therapy room allows us to incorporate not just one, but several different tools to change long standing patterns, and guide you towards a more full and satisfying life.

Mudra used with a pranayama (breathing) technique

Mudra used with a pranayama (breathing) technique

May all beings everywhere be happy and free
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