Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy

Do you ever feel like you have been betrayed by your body? Do you feel lonely and unable to connect? Does the amount of stress you experience seem insurmountable? Have you failed to see sustainable change in your life even after years of support groups or talk-therapy?

At Family Support Services, we recognize the power and healing possibilities of yoga. FSS is sharing the healing power of yoga with survivors of trauma in our community through Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy (TIYT).

TIYT is a component of our Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, as well as an adjunctive treatment option to our sexual assault support group in the treatment of trauma and trauma-based symptomology.

Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy has been proven to reduce the stressful effects trauma has had on the body, mind, and spirit. This safe and gentle form of yoga promotes the ability to self-heal, self-soothe, and self-regulate, and reduces chronic anxiety and trauma-related issues. Trauma-informed yoga therapy is an evidence-based program developed from modern medical research and ancient yoga techniques.

Join our certified Trauma-Informed Yoga teacher Cynthia Gable, LMSW for a relaxing and gentle class created to heal and empower. No yoga experience is required to join this group. You will never be singled out and the utmost care is given to create a safe, calm and private environment for everyone.

Participating in Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy
Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy can be used independently, or as an adjunct to traditional counseling. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2015), a trauma-informed approach “seeks to actively resist re-traumatization”. In keeping with this philosophy, certified trauma-informed yoga therapists are mindful of triggers to prevent retraumatization; thus, the importance of their specialty training.

The beauty of this therapy is that it requires no prior experience. If you’ve never done yoga or you’re a pro yogi, you’re welcome in the class. Family Support Services TIYT instructor Cynthia Gable says “if you can breathe, you can do yoga”. The class environment, choice of positioning, and choice of words are all considered to create a safe environment for the participants. You will never be asked to do more than you’re ready to do.

What is the Impact of Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy

Research has found that a regular trauma-informed yoga practice effectively treats:
•Depression
•Anxiety
•Symptoms of Post- Traumatic Stress including feeling detached from the body
•Eating Disorder Issues
•Body Image Concerns
•Physical symptoms such as chronic pain and gastrointestinal issues
•Insomnia
•Difficulties with emotional regulation
•Difficulties with self- control
•Isolation and disconnect from others

Class Times and Location
Classes are held at our main office- 7136 I-40 West Frontage Rd, Park West Building B, Amarillo on:
• Mondays at 5:30 pm
• Wednesdays at 6:15 pm (Spanish-speaking)
• Thursdays at noon
There is no charge for this class. To reserve your spot or for further details please contact:
Amy Hord @ (806) 342-2512 or ahord@fss-ama.org

If you are struggling, you don't have to go it alone.

Having several therapists of varied disciplines and experiences provides our clients with options that best meet their counseling needs.
When people experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. We are passionate about bringing healing to people who have been through traumatic or stressful experiences. We help our clients, who include, children, adults, and families, to find a healthy view of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can become peaceful, whole, and safe.
At FSS, our caring and professional staff are dedicated to your well-being. We can help those struggling with depression, stress management, grief recovery, divorce recovery, eating disorders, anxiety and phobias, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, self-esteem, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, behavioral problems, emotional trauma, parenting challenges and many other issues.
We know that no single approach is the right one for every person, so we have been trained in a range of counseling techniques, including those listed below.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is used to treat behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs. More About Equine Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a counseling approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviors and thought processes. CBT is "problem focused" and "action oriented".

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

TF-CBT is a unique form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that has been specially adapted for children who have experienced trauma.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

EMDR has proven very effective for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults as well as children.

Play Therapy

Play Therapy uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve challenges. This is thought to help them move towards better social integration, growth and development, emotional modulation, and trauma resolution.

Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP)

BIPP specializes in domestic/family violence intervention and prevention of battering behaviors used to gain power/control within an intimate relationship, marriage, or family.

Women’s Anger and Violence Program (WAV)

WAV specializes in interpersonal violence intervention and prevention of battering behaviors used to gain power/control within an intimate relationship, marriage, or family.

Transparenting

Transparenting is for parents with children who are going through divorce or separation.

Supervised Visitation

Supervised Visitation can help reintroduce a parent to a child after a long absence from the child’s life or help introduce a parent and a child when there has been no prior relationship between them. Supervised Visitation can also help when there are issues of mental illness, domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, or drug or alcohol abuse, or when there are parenting concerns. It may also be appropriate to give the parent a chance to show they are capable of appropriate parenting.

How to begin Counseling:

Before we can set you or a family member up with one of our counselors, there are a few things that we need. Begin Counseling Services

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