Susan Robbins is a Master of Arts candidate in Counseling and Spirituality at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master's in Education, both from the University of Ottawa. Her research interests center on the integration of yoga and psychotherapy in clinical practice.
Integrating Yogic Movement into Psychotherapy to Treat Depression
Increasingly, yoga has become the complementary alternative treatment of choice for people experiencing depression. While yoga elements such as breathing exercises and mindfulness have become mainstream inclusions in many modern psychotherapeutic theories and practices, there has been less emphasis on the integration of yogic movement into the traditional therapeutic discourse. This presentation will explore current findings related to the ways in which yoga postures and movements might be integrated into psychotherapy to help in the treatment of depression. Key findings, limitations of current research as well as implications for clinicians and practitioners will also be addressed.