Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) was developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. TCTSY is an empirically validated, clinical intervention for complex trauma or chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The TCTSY program earned inclusion in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) database published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the United States. TCTSY was founded on principles of yoga, trauma theory, attachment theory, and neuroscience. I have completed The Center for Trauma and Embodiment’s 300-hour Trauma Center Trauma-Sentiive Yoga (TCTSY) Cerifitcation and is a certified TCTSY-Facilitator (TCTSY-F).
In TCTSY sessions, participants engage in a series of physical forms and movements. We might practice traditional hatha yoga forms, but the physical forms and language cues are modified to foster an experience of empowerment for survivors to cultivate a more positive relationship to one’s body. In TCTSY sessions, I do not use physical, hands-on adjustments nor do I use commanding language. Instead, in these sessions, I present opportunities for participants to be in charge of themselves based on their own felt sense of their bodies.
Although in TCTSY sessions I offer physical forms and movements to practice, the emphasis is not on the what the form looks like or if you’re doing it “right.” Instead, the focus is on your internal experience of the shape or movement. This focus is a key component of TCTSY as a complementary treatment for complex trauma, as the power comes from the survivor, rather than the facilitator or someone else. Also, by focusing on internal sensations to inform choice-making, TCTSY sessions are an opportunity for survivors to restore the mind-body connection and cultivate a sense of agency that is compromised as a result of trauma. To learn more about TCTSY, please click here.
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If you’re interested in starting TCTSY sessions, please email me at email@example.com, and we can set up a time for a complimentary phone consultation. During this consultation, we’ll discuss if TCTSY sessions are a good fit for your concerns at this time, and I can answer questions you may have about this approach.
I require that you are currently in therapy or have a relationship with a therapist while you participate in TCTSY sessions, as things may come up in these sessions that you’d like to process. TCTSY is not therapy, rather, it complements therapy. There is minimal talking and no verbal processing of the trauma in TCTSY. In these sessions, we focus on what’s happening in the present moment in the body instead of using cognitive and verbal processes. By actively engaging in therapy while practicing TCTSY, you’ll have space to explore verbal and non-verbal sides of experience, which has been shown to enhance integration.
TCTSY sessions are $125 per 60-minute session. If you’re interested in a different length of session, please inquire about pricing options.