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Our Body in Therapy: Whole Person Mental Health Care

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Our Body in Therapy:
Whole Person Mental
Health Care

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Our bodies are with us throughout our life. They experience, endure, and persist through the highs and lows of the embodied experience of being a human on this earth. We all have a relationship to our own bodies. Trauma, however, can complicate our experience of our own bodies and how we relate to them. Trauma may cause us to feel numb, disconnected, or dissociated to our own embodied selves. These tendencies are utilized as a tool for surviving, though they may leave us feeling alien to ourselves.


In helping and therapeutic environments, unfortunately, our bodies can often be ignored, dismissed, or worse, invalidated. What we know, however, is that the body, or rather, your body comes into the healing therapeutic environment and should be as equally acknowledged and honored as our thoughts, emotions, and memories. At The Minnesota Clinic for Health and Wellness, we value a holistic approach to healing, one that includes the body. One way we do this is through offering Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY).


TCTSY is a body-based adjunctive intervention that has been developed, facilitated, and researched from the mid-2000’s. Multiple studies have supported TCTSY as an evidenced-based intervention for treatment resistant PTSD/Complex trauma related symptoms, particularly for individuals who may have dissociative symptoms. TCTSY was also featured and discussed in The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk. For more information regarding TCTSY’s efficacy, research, and additional resources please visit


The Minnesota Clinic for Health and Wellness offers TCTSY in both individual and group formats, facilitated by Leigh-Ann Theophilos, TCTSY-Facilitator. To learn more, or to inquire about starting TCTSY, please schedule an appointment today.
By Leigh-Ann Theophilos, Psy.D., LP, LADC, EMDR, RYT, TCTSY-F