Urban Zen Integrative Therapy
Integrative Mind Body Support + Self-Care For Professionals + Caregivers
In 2009, I had the privilege of participating in the Urban Zen Foundation's Integrative Therapy Program. The UZIT program was a perfect fit for me because I enjoy expanding my knowledge as a clinician so that I can offer quality, comprehensive care to my clients. My year long Urban Zen journey was an attempt to explore a variety of integrative treatment modalities that would provide adjunct support to my integrative psychotherapy practice in New York City. I graduated from the program with a 500-hour certification in integrative therapy and yoga therapy in addition to 200 hours of previously-earned yoga training. I use these skills in an integrated manner when working with clients managing pain and chronic illness as well as therapy clients who are healing from trauma, PTSD, anxiety symptoms, stress, addictions and eating disorders.
The program involves training in yoga therapy, nutrition, self-care, Reiki, contemplative care and essential oils (aromatherapy). All of these modalities together support the reduction of pain and anxiety. The objective and philosophy of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program is to train integrative therapists to work in private practices, corporate environments, hospitals, outpatient care centers, support groups, hospice, nursing and medical schools to transform the healthcare system. The Urban Zen Foundation integrates Eastern healing techniques with Western medicine in a model that delivers compassionate and complementary, comprehensive healing care.
In 2011, I was invited to return to the program as a mentor to new students. I am delighted to serve as a resource for anyone interested in the Urban Zen Foundation Therapy Program (UZIT) philosophy and can provide referrals to integrative practitioners in New York City and beyond. Currently, the Urban Zen Foundation collaborates with yoga studios such as Yoga Works, UCLA, Beth Israel and other hospitals throughout the country, as well as teaching institutions such as Ohio State, Cleveland State and Kent State. While participating in Donna Karan's groundbreaking initiative, I had the honor of training with Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Richard Freeman, Richard Rosen, Geoffrey Roniger, Pamela Miles, Tracy Griffiths, Lena Falth, Koshin Paley Ellison, Robert Chodo Campbell and Roshi Joan Halifax. I completed clinical rotations at Beth Israel Medical Center and Hope Lodge.