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Mom of 2 teenage boys & an angel
23 years as a Military Spouse
My life has been intertwined with PTSD/Trauma and the military. Not only am I the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, I was also married to an active duty member (and Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran) for over 20 years. For 3 years, I volunteered at the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Riley, Kansas providing yoga therapy, meditation, and other holistic treatments to the soldiers, family members, and staff. After seeing others struggle, and having my own personal struggles with trauma/PTSD, I was inspired to create the Trauma Healing Yoga Therapy Program.
As a Yoga Therapist and the founder of the Trauma Healing Yoga Therapy Program, I guide others in the use of effective, science based yoga therapy and other holistic techniques for the management/healing of symptoms relating to PTSD and trauma for people who want to control their PTSD - not allow it to control them.
I have earned my 200 RYT, 500 RYT and was awarded my Certification in Yoga Therapy from the International Association of Yoga Therapy. Additionally, I have completed a 120 Hour YogaFit Warriors training and the MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) online course through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Currently a student with the Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy, I'm learning another approach to utilizing yoga to help release trauma from the body. I work with people with all types of physical conditions, but I specialize in working with those suffering from PTSD, TBI’s and all trauma-related issues and have been for over the past 5 years.
The work I do with women who have been sexually traumatized (rape, sexually assault or abuse) is the most important to me. As a 2x rape survivor, I intimately understand the needs these women face, and help them navigate their healing journeys.
Healing from PTSD takes more than talk therapy and meds! Since PTSD starts in the body, we must release it from the body to achieve a more complete healing - this is where the yoga therapy comes in!
I'm all about education, empowerment & advocating for oneself.
When I became educated about PTSD and learned why I emotionally reacted certain ways and why my body physically reacted in certain ways, I then had the choice - I didn't have to react those ways if it wasn't serving me (it usually wasn't).
That choice - being able to decide how I wanted to (or not) react to certain situations was very empowering.
With education and empowerment to back me, I was then able to advocate for myself to get my needs better served and help heal from my experiences and PTSD. I'm not "cured" (I don't think anyone can really say that in this situation), but I have more control and better management of my PTSD. This healing journey is a lifelong marathon.
1 in 4 women are a survivor of some type of a negative sexual experience.
My mission is to educate women so they too will feel empowered to advocate for themselves.