Anita Claney

Anita Claney


The Yoga and Psyche Conference

Anita Claney is a certified yoga therapist in the tradition of Krishnamacharya. For the last nine years she has studied with Menaka Desikachar, and at the yoga therapy clinic, the KYM, in Chennai, India. Through her private practice, Healing Yoga Arizona, as well as her work at the VA Hospital in the inpatient PTSD Unit, she has incorporated yoga therapy into traditional trauma treatment, enhancing the clinical outcomes.

Gina Siler has worked in community mental health settings for the last 6 years focusing on clients with complex trauma. Ms. Siler is also in private practice in Tucson, Arizona. She has an MA in Somatic Psychology, an MS in Community Counseling and has completed 2.5 years of postgraduate studies in emotionally attuned psychotherapy.

Clinical Synergism in the Treatment of Trauma: Yoga and Psychology

A yoga therapist and psychotherapist examine the clinical implications of integrating psychological therapeutic techniques and yoga therapy in the treatment of trauma. Three clinical case studies are discussed in detail. The incorporation of current research in affective neuroscience, and psychodynamic and yogic theoretical models are discussed in relationship to clinical applications. Yoga's tools such as movement, breathing, sound, visualization, and meditation facilitates psychotherapeutic work on mentalizing, empathic attunement, affect regulation, and acceptance. Close collaboration within the treatment triad (yoga therapist, psychotherapist, patient), facilitates relational containment for traumatic material in more than one setting, decreasing the sense of isolation and separation from others.

CE credit (MFT, LCSW, RN) offered for the session