The yoga that I offer is based on the Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) program, developed at the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute through collaboration of survivors, yoga teachers, clinicians, and researchers over the past 15 years specifically to support people living with developmental and complex trauma or treatment-resistant PTSD. The certification program includes 300 hours of weekly lecture, readings, practicum, reflection, bi-weekly supervision and assessment, and a final research paper. Key areas of study include:
The psychology and neurophysiology of trauma and disrupted attachment
Distinctions between trauma-informed and non-trauma-informed practices
Boundaries, confidentiality, liability, and ethics
Considerations and practices for establishing safety (i.e. power dynamics, environment, tone, language, use of space etc.)
TCTSY methodology, underlying principles, and scope of practice
TCTSY has gone through evaluation by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association and has been accepted as an Evidence-based Practice/Program. See For Clinicians for more information.
Academic research on TCTSY is ongoing
All certified facilitators must participate in continuing education in trauma and safely, effectively, and ethically offering services.
I am accountable to TCTSY ethical guidelines.
I also have access to a community of TCTSY facilitators and leaders for consultation should concerns arise.
TCTSY emerged out of the Western medical model and has been particularly influenced by research with male Vietnam War veterans and white, female-identified survivors of child abuse and domestic violence. This affects the cultural assumptions and values that underly TCTSY as a model of trauma recovery or resiliency.
Furthermore, I identify as able-bodied, female, cis-gendered, heterosexual, and white and have been disproportionately socialized in middle-class mid-western settings. In many ways, the roots of TCTSY align with my own experiences and are therefore more likely to manifest in assumptions and biases that might make practicing TCTSY with me less safe for people with other backgrounds, identities, or access to cultural and institutional spaces and resources.
accountability and integrity
Systemic racism, heterosexism, classism, sexism, and other practices are trauma. Therefore, true trauma work must be anti-oppressive. I cannot claim to do trauma work without recognizing - and taking responsibility for - my own complicity in systems of oppression, particularly because my social location is, in most respects, one of privilege.
Because it is my responsibility to live and serve others in a way that is not only inclusive and non-dominating, but explicitly anti-oppressive, I make certain commitments:
I consistently do my own inner work to recognize where my trauma, socialization, and biases affect how I perceive and respond;
I seek out opportunities that build my cultural competency;
I educate myself when I realize (or someone else tells me) that I am thinking or acting in ways that are not in alignment with my own integrity or honoring of others' dignity;
I give thanks for moments when my ignorance or carelessness becomes visible so that I may grow and change;
I commit to concrete actions to redress mistakes and power imbalances;
I listen, even (especially) when it’s uncomfortable;
I train in humility;
I do this work first for people who are targeted by systems of oppression and for my own liberation secondarily;
I remember that intentions matter only if they show up in my behavior;
I begin again;
I choose joy.
I do not always get it right. If you have feedback, concerns, or resource suggestions, please use the form or contact me directly. In the form, there is the option to comment anonymously.
If you are from or work with a community whom you think TCTSY might serve well and you would like to discuss concerns, please reach out. I welcome collaborations and am happy to take your lead on creating programs that are accessible, safe, and meaningful to your community (as long as what is asked of me does not conflict with my ethical guidelines or scope of practice).
Trauma Center 300hr Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator Certification ~ Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, M.A.
40hr Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga training ~ Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, M.A. Brookline, M.A.
200hr Registered Yoga Teacher from Empower Yoga ~ Appleton, W.I.
Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience certification ~ Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, V.A.
M.A. in Conflict Resolution ~ Georgetown University
B.A. in International Studies; Certificate in African Studies ~ Indiana University Bloomington
Adult Education Coordinator at Fox Valley Literacy (2018-present)
Advocate at Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs ~ Appleton, W.I. (2016-present)
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator at Oshkosh Correctional Institute ~ Oshkosh, W.I. (2019)
Yoga Teacher at Crunch Fitness ~ Appleton, W.I. (2016-2018)
Yoga Teacher at Appleton Police Department ~ Appleton, W.I. (2016-2017)
Gender, Development, and Public Health Consultant ~ Georgetown University Institute for Reproductive Health (2013-2017)
Interpersonal Violence Peer Educator at Indiana University Bloomington Office For Women's Affairs ~ Bloomington, I.N. (2009-2011)