Amanda Anastasio Claim

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and a trained and certified yoga teacher, as well as lifelong yogi. I blend these two passions as a result of my belief and experience of yoga as a practical I have expertise with trauma, anxiety disorders, -specifically trichotillomania, (hair pulling disorder), stress management and coping, eating disorders, family and relationships, cancer and healing from illness. See services page for the full list of specialtiesapproach to self-understanding, self- transformation, and self-realization. Yoga, in conjunction with talk-therapy accelerates the ability to be self-aware, to bring consciousness to the surface. This is the first and one of the most important steps to healing, improved health, and an integrated life balance. In addition, I employ the evidence-based theories of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MCBT), and the unique, empirically based psychological intervention, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approaches. These approaches combined with yoga, breath work, and meditation practices in the therapy room, help to tap into the somatic experience of life, of one’s thoughts, choices, and patterns. This way of treating mental health as part of a whole person, integrating body and mind allows for an empowered, specialized, unique treatment for each individual. Scientific research studies now show that there is no body and mind as separate entities. They in fact, are one thing, and must be treated and worked with as such. There is much discussion in my sessions on how your body’s experience is involved, felt, acknowledged, in your day to day life, informing mental and emotional well-being.

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