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  • Writer's pictureVeena Ugargol

Integrating Yoga Therapy Skills into CBT - a 3 day workshop

Updated: Nov 18, 2022

If you use CBT in your work, you may be interested in this upcoming 3-day workshop: Integrating Yoga Therapy Skills into CBT. I'll be teaming up with The Minded Institute to co-teach this workshop alongside Dr Sam Bottrill, a clinical psychologist and fellow yoga therapist for mental health.

Between us, Sam and I have 20 years of experience of integrating yoga therapy into clinical work. Sam spent almost a decade specialising in working with children and adolescents with eating disorders at the Maudsley Hospital, delivering both clinical psychology and yoga therapy. She now works privately seeing yoga therapy clients and integrating yoga therapy into her work as a clinical psychologist. For the past 8 years I have been using CBT to support people with psychological difficulties, both in IAPT - the primary care mental health service providing CBT for people with depression and a range of anxiety disorders, and prior to that, at the Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit at the Bethlem Hospital which provides patients with intensive CBT during a 3-4 month long stay. I continue to work in IAPT alongside my private practise where I provide CBT and yoga therapy.

Over the years I’ve been in clinical practise, I've been able to understand how to integrate basic yoga therapy skills into CBT work in a way that fits conceptually with CBT protocols. I’ve seen how it can enhance client outcomes and I've had the opportunity to share this with my colleagues in IAPT as part of Clinical Skills Training workshops.

Both Sam and I will be sharing our experience of when to introduce basic yoga therapy practises and how to share them in a way that supports clients to approach their difficulties rather than avoid them.

As well as teaching about the application of these approaches, we'll be joined by Heather Mason, founder of the Minded Institute, who will be introducing the research base and the neuroscience that informs us as to why this integration can be so helpful.

If you’re a CBT Therapist, PWP, Social Worker, in fact anyone using CBT approaches in their work, and you think this workshop may be for you, you can find out more details and booking information here.

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