Therapists' Perspectives on the Use of Yoga in the Treatment of Trauma


Social Work

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Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

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Clinical research paper


Colin Hollidge


This study explored therapists' experiences of incorporating the practice of yoga into their psychotherapy with clients who experience traumatic stress. Using a qualitative design, five volunteer licensed mental health professionals were interviewed regarding their experiences with integrating yoga as a therapy tool with their clients who experience traumatic stress symptoms. Data was taken from a semi-structured interview and analyzed to identify common themes. The findings support the literature which says, traumatic events affect both the mind and body, and clinicians' need to implement inventions' addressing the whole person, to be effective helping clients' heal from traumatic stress. Findings indicated that the overall experiences of therapists were positive, when safely incorporating yoga as a part of clients' therapy to treating traumatic stress.


trauma, yoga, psychotherapy

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