Counselling & Yoga Therapy 

"Do you pay regular visits to yourself?"
Rumi

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Tiffani's counselling has been very helpful to me. She has helped me understand the root of my anxiety and ways to manage it.

Sean
Client

Gain awareness and insight into oneself with the support of a professional counsellor in order to improve your relationship with yourself and others, make choices that are​ congruent to your values and needs, and live a life with more joy and ease. These are some of the concerns that can be addressed with the support of counselling: 

 

​Depression 

Anxiety and Stress Management

Addiction (Relationship, Porn, Substances, Social Media etc)

Parenting Support

Oppression & Racism

Personal Growth

Fertility issues

Sexuality

Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

Postpartum depression

Phobias

Low Self-worth and Self-Esteem

Life transitions

Trauma (slow, acute, chronic and complex) and PTSD

Grief and loss

Disordered Eating

Emotional Regulation (including anger management)

​​Fees:

$135 (+ GST) for a 50 minute session

$202.50 (+GST) for a 75 minute session

*virtual and in-person are available

 

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Increase your understanding of your relationship patterns and unhelpful communication styles, and learn strategies to transform how you relate. Here are some examples of what can be addressed in couple counselling:

Emotional Safety & Connection 

Intimacy and sex

Conflict de-escalation

Marital preparation

Communication

Parenting 

Open and polyamorous relationships

Infidelity

Tiffani’s approach to relationship counselling integrates theories of Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy & Attachment, Neuroscience, Mindfulness, Sex Therapy and Gestalt Therapy to deepen couples' awarenesses and insights into the interpersonal and intrapersonal processes that foster helpful/unhelpful patterns within their relating. 

In couple work, there may be many micro goals, but in order to support the exploration, the process begins with the development and/or deepening of emotional safety. Research in neurobiology findings reflect that emotional safety is essential to a healthy, connected and loving relationship. "Emotional safety" means trusting that your loved one is looking out for your emotional well-being. This trust creates room for vulnerability, which is the gateway to a felt sense of connectedness. The process of developing emotional safety involves first an understanding in theory and practice of the ingredients involved - empathy, validation, presence, patience, self-awareness & self-regulation. With these abilities as the foundation, couples can explore and come to understand the others’ experience and what has led to their way of being. Couples can come to know how their earlier life experiences (including "attachment style") may be impacting their relating and communication.  They can come to recognize internal and external cues (triggers in the body and in relationship to another) and learn to make different choices in their interactions. Couples can learn coping strategies to self-soothe when activated and communication tactics that facilitate collaborative communicating that is productive. Couples work toward understanding and acceptance, rather than dismissing and accusing. It then becomes possible to zoom out and see the "big picture perspective", instead of getting caught in common cyclical traps (ie. attempting to convince the other they are right and the other is wrong).

With the foundational tools to build emotional safety, an openness to be curious about the impact of one's history on their relating (to self and others), and an interest in experimenting with vulnerability, couples will learn to navigate any minor to major conflict with ease. In addition, this approach cultivates a sense of feeling seen, heard and validated not just when in conflict, but every moment of every day.

Couple trauma informed yoga therapy is also available and can be a valuable addition to talk therapy. 

Fees:

$145 (+ GST) for a 50 minute session

$217.50 (+GST) for a 75 minute session

*virtual and in-person available

Plants

Tiffani provides a safe and judgement free space in which one can explore themselves and their life patterns. I developed healthy coping strategies and introspective skills that help support a more intentional and balanced life for myself.

Jessie
Client
 
 


Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy


"There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy"
Nietzsche

 

 

About Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy


Most people have experienced some form of trauma, whether that be a specific traumatic event, abuse (verbal, psychological, physical), a car accident, bullying/harassment, neglect, discrimination, the loss of a loved one, betrayal. The list can go on and on. Trauma is subjective to every person's life experience and relative to their situation. And no one trauma is the same or reverberates in a person's life or body the same. However, some traumas are more challenging to move through due the type and impact, a person's trauma history and life experiences.

Research and science have come to show the effects of trauma on the mind and body. In addition to difficult thoughts and memories, trauma is experienced as intolerable sensations in the body. These unbearable feelings can get stuck or held in the body and be overwhelming when triggered, usually by something unexpected in the environment or in relationship to another. Unresolved trauma can be a barrier to living a life of ease. Yoga helps in reclaiming your body so these experiences cease in triggering and haunting you. Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps Score, has come to know through his research that yoga is the most effective and sustainable way to treat trauma. Trauma informed yoga takes into account the works of Dr. Stephen Porges who originated the Polyvagal Theory (PVT). Porges identified a biological order of human response that is active in all human experience and he coined the term neuroception to describe the way our autonomic nervous system responds to assess safety. This response happens for all of us automatically, without thought. Those who have experienced trauma can have a "confused" autonomic nervous system, meaning it can assess for safety in ordinary, innocuous situations and cause a constant heightened state of arousal. Since the body responds reflexively based on this PVT, healing from trauma demands an awareness and attunement to the physical self to understand, attend to and reorganize the response to cues in the environment that might set off a trauma reaction.   

 

 

Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy (TIYT) supports this awareness building and offers body-based tools to attend to the trauma held in the body with sensitivity to the possibility of re-traumatization. 

TIYT integrates understanding and consideration of the pervasive nature of trauma (the impact physiologically and psychologically) and aims to cultivate awareness of the mind-body connection to build self-regulation skills to address ways in which trauma is carried. TIYT promotes environments of healing and recovery. TIYT therapists look for ways to help their clients eliminate, reduce and/or manage their symptoms, improve their function, and help them with their overall ease through life.

Working with and resolution of trauma requires an individualized plan and approach, as well as involvement of the mind and body. Tiffani is a Clinical Traumatologist and Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy teacher, and her approach with TIYT is to attend to the deep pathways of the brain and body through a combination of talk and yoga (movement) therapies. This integrative approach to resolving trauma is experiential, evidence-based and holistic, and can lead to sustainable change. 

 

Fees:

Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy session:

$202.50 (+GST) for a 75 minute session

*integrates talk counselling with yoga therapy

Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy Series: 

$1,080 (+GST) which includes:

8 sessions

4 talk therapy (50 minute sessions)

4 TIYT (75 minutes sessions)*

 

 

*includes information gathering/history session, assessment of needs, counselling "work", individualized TIYT sequencing and guidance, trauma informed mindfulness, integration of knowledge and coping in day-to-day life