All Kinds of News for September 11, 2019
Martin, GA — Yoga Psychotherapy offers hope and holistic healing to teens in crisis at Shepherd’s Hill Academy. Yoga Psychotherapy is an integration based modality that utilizes both the clinical, evidence-based treatment of psychotherapy along with the therapeutic principles of a trauma-informed yoga practice. At Shepherd’s Hill Academy, yoga is utilized in the girls' therapy groups in order to offer growth and healing for the whole person. Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and certified yoga instructor Victoria Nolen offers trauma-Informed and 12-Step Recovery based yoga groups to the therapeutic program.
Yoga is a transformational practice that has been widely found to benefit the mind, body, and soul. The Yoga Psychotherapy groups are geared toward the enhancement of students’ overall health and well-being. The integration of the practice into group therapy is beneficial, not only to students who struggle with somatic symptoms, but those suffering from emotional, mental health and behavioral issues as well.
Clinical studies repeatedly show that healing from trauma involves the body and so yoga psychotherapy incorporates the body in the treatment process through the practice of therapeutic yoga postures, breathwork, mindfulness and self-compassion practices. At Shepherd’s Hill Academy, one group the students may partake in is the Trauma-Informed Yoga group. The Trauma-informed group is designed for students who have experienced traumas including, but not limited to, abuse, neglect, loss, unexpected separation, anxiety, depression, prenatal drug exposure and family addiction. This practice involves verbal processing as well as a body-based approach to yoga. This group focuses on developing grounding, regulation, relaxation, and life skills.
Somatic psychotherapist and Yoga Faith instructor Victoria Nolen speaks to this program, “I only use interventions in therapy that I have experienced work for myself or seen success stories in others. My personal story is that I too had a history of trauma. I fully and undoubtedly believe God brought me to the practice of yoga as it has been the number one healing tool in my journey. I have yet to find a tool that literally works on all levels – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. I continue to use the practice to maintain my physical, mental, and emotional health, and to connect with God on a deeper level.”
Students at Shepherd’s Hill Academy have reported that practicing the yoga has helped them to “learn to breathe”, “feel open, content, and relaxed”, “communicate better”, “develop “peace, closure, and self-discipline”, “be present” and “grow closer to God.”
About Sheperd's Hill Academy
Shepherd’s Hill Academy is a faith-based Residential Therapeutic Boarding School serving teens between the ages of 12-17. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, SHA offers a unique hybrid program featuring accredited academics, individual, group and equine therapies, and an unplugged wilderness adventure setting.