Deeper Therapy: Programs for Professional Healers and Teachers
As therapists, our Self is the tool through which we translate whatever healing modality we employ. Therefore, it is essential that we are in touch with our “tool” and how it works, how we can use it and its limitations. Because we are human, we all have obstacles or blocks to complete health and healing and it is our personal work to clear these blocks that creates our ability to connect to the Self within. Closer connection to Self allows us to more effectively transmit healing and learning to those we serve. Without a connection to our Self, no matter how good we are at the “tools”, healing cannot occur and those we serve continue to suffer. When we connect to the Self, suddenly our clients begin to grow and experience better outcomes.
At the Collingwood Psychotherapy and Yoga Centre, our professional development programs are designed to deepen your ability to dismantle the blocks so that you can truly see, accept and own your Self. The journey to the Self may at times be steep and at other times, it will be deeply enlivening. The profound changes and shifts you will experience from participating in our programs will result in higher levels of confidence, creativity, clarity, competence, courage and connection to who you truly are. You will see your clients flourish and you will know the power of the connection to Self.
If you are ready to deepen your connection to your Self and to your clients, we are ready to work with you.
Treading a Path to the Self: An experiential Yoga Psychology Course for Self Healing and Growth (ONLINE)
Facilitator: Tara McGee
Dates: 10 Saturdays, October 21-December 30, 2023(No class November 18). Recording will be available after the class.
Cost: $200/person (includes tax) REDUCED from $350.00!
Who: This course is suitable for anyone interested in understanding and embodying yoga philosophy and psychology at a deeper level. It may be of particular interest to yoga instructors and psychotherapists.
What: 10 weeks of Online, live yoga classes with short seminar on yoga psychology topic. – must register for all 10 classes – Recordings will be sent out after class is over and yoga practices that were recorded can be used throughout the week to help you develop a personal practice.
You will learn:
- How to experientially integrate and embody some theories and philosophies of yoga psychology, and yoga therapy that relate to mental health.
- The role energy and yogic tools play in the process of healing.
- Introduction to working with the subtle bodies
- How to travel this wisdom path towards health, higher levels of consciousness and wellbeing on a daily basis
- 15-30 minute theory seminar
- 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minute yoga practice to embody the theory
- Yoga techniques include asana, pranayama, pratiahara, meditation, internal journeys, visualization, bhavana, mantra, mudra, sound and more.
- Because the seminar is so short and there is a lot of information to cover, there will be no discussion or questions during class
- Please send questions after via email. They will be responded to and answers sent to whole class.
- Thorough notes will be sent after class to help you integrate the material
- You may access the recording after the session and use the practices to develop your own daily practice
- Intro to the energetic layers or Panca Maya surrounding Self
- Using yogic tools to work with the Mayas: annamaya (physical sheath) and pranamaya (life force sheath), manomaya (mental sheath) and vijnanamaya (wisdom sheath) to clear energetic blocks and move you closer to becoming established in Anandamaya (Bliss)
- Working with the subtle bodies (Vayus, Agni, Nadis, Cakra)
- Understanding the Vayus – energetic forces that move in a specific direction to control bodily functions, mental functions and activities.
- Understanding how the primary vayus have an impact on mental health and how to work with them
- Understanding the Gunas and how they relate to neurobiology
- Ashtanga Yoga as a systematic path for healing at all levels of the being
- Comparing, contrasting and integrating psychotherapeutic theories into Yogic tools, practices and philosophies
- Please have audio off and chats will not be responded to.
- Please have video ON (you will not be recorded). Video being on allows me to be able to adjust the practice as needed because I can watch you practice and see if the practice is having the effect that is intended or if I need to alter it to address class needs.
Intensive for Healers: Deepen your connection to Self
Facilitator: Tara McGee
Dates: #1: May 13-17, 2024 OR #2 November 4-8, 2024
Time: 8am-6pm (varies)
Cost: $2500 (includes tax)
Where: TBD – In Person Near Creemore
Who: This intensive is for people in the healing professions (especially psychotherapists and yoga instructors) and teachers who:
- Are serious about doing intensive healing work with themselves to enhance the healing work they do with others.
- Love to connect deeply to their inner world and are passionate about the work they do with others.
- Recognize or are curious about the idea that being in contact with the Self will help them to transmit the healing they would like to transmit to their clients or students.
- What: 5 day Psychotherapy and Yoga Intensive where you will experience much deeper levels of your being and experience profound healing through the use of intensive psychotherapy and yoga therapy practices.
- You will learn:
- The Intensive will include yoga practices (movement/poses (asana), breath work (pranayama), meditation and visualization practices,
- yoga philosophy,
- psychoeducation around neurobiology and trauma as it applies to the practices we are employing and intensive psychotherapy sessions in a group environment.
- Psychotherapy sessions will be held in a group space where the energy of the group supports the individual’s work and the individual’s work supports the group.
- Purpose: The purpose of the intensive is to assist you to develop your levels of consciousness and to work to help you move closer to deeply and thoroughly healing your trauma imprints and energetic blocks from this lifetime and the lineages. This will allow you to utilize your Self to translate your healing practices from deeper, more grounded, more passionate and more effective places in you.
Risks: This work can be confronting, enlivening, painful, joyful, frightening, triggering, clarifying, vulnerable, confusing, lightening, loving, angering, triggering, compassionate and so much more; please be prepared for anything to emerge and come to the intensive with the intention to be open to new ways of experiencing yourself and the world and to be open to grow.
Insurance: This therapeutic experience is facilitated by a Registered Social Worker – can be claimed on insurance if your insurance covers Social workers or can be utilized as a training program for continuing education.
Daily schedule: Generally 8am-6pm but it will be determined based on what is happening in the process so it will change as needed – please book off the entire time and keep evening responsibilities light for integrating the day and to allow for a longer afternoon session if we need to go over time. Yoga practice will always start the day and will end the day as needed. Please be on the mat in the morning promptly at 8:00am. The final day will definitely go into the evening for closing so be prepared for that.
Cell phones: are to be used ONLY for music during sessions. Please make a conscious effort not to busy yourself with cell phone use during breaks or lunches. The purpose is to be present with yourself and the group and often we dissociate by engaging the phone instead of our lives, ourselves and the others around us.
Workshops for Organizations
We develop workshops and seminars tailored to organizational needs. Our aim is to train professionals interested in developing their awareness of and facility in:
- the use of self in psychotherapy;
- working with trauma in yoga and psychotherapy modalities;
- interpersonal and therapeutic skills;
- creating healthy working groups;
- understanding trauma, neurobiology and attachment;
- yoga psychology;
Some workshops presented have included:
- Understanding Trauma – A neurobiological, relational approach – Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling and Advocacy Centre; Georgian Bay Family Health – Mental Health Team.
- Contacting the Self: From Dysregulation to Mindful Connection in the Therapeutic Relationship – Mistissini Mindfulness Conference – Cree Justice Department AND Gwekwaadziwin Miikan, Youth Mental Health and Addiction Program
- Trauma, Yoga and the Brain: Strategies for Understanding, Normalizing and Soothing Patient Fears – Royal Victoria Hospital
- Anxiety and the Nervous System: Understanding, Normalizing and Soothing Anxiety in Individuals and the Family – Almaguin Highlands Community Living
- Boundaries, Limits and Attunement in the Parent-Teenager relationship – Pine River Institute
- Contacting the Self: From Dysregulation to Mindful Connection in the Parent-Teenager Relationship – Pine River Institute
- Trauma awareness in the parenting relationship – Pine River Institute
- Navigating boundaries in the workplace – Right to Play
- Working with children who have experienced Trauma – Right to Play
- Boundaries and the Art of Relationship at Camp – Camp Oochigeas
- Managing behaviours in a camp context – Taylor Statten Camps
- Please contact us if you would like us to prepare a training for your organization or group.