Social work is the person-in-environment profession that so often relies on the biopsychosocial model. And yet, the mind-body connection can easily be overlooked in the assessment and intervention process. How might social workers incorporate bodywork into their practice in order to treat the whole person?
Bessel van der Kolk has stated that “the body keeps the score.” Accordingly, it makes perfect sense that helping professionals’ attempts to help people cope and heal should include the whole person. In this episode, Katiuscia Gray describes how and why she utilizes yoga, movement, dance, sound meditation, and mindfulness in her work with clients.
She tells us why she believes yoga and other bodywork is well-suited for use by clinicians; especially so with adolescents, with special comments related to persons of color. Ms. Gray will describe how she introduces alternative interventions to her clients and discusses what she actually does with them to promote mind-body healing. In practical and example rich terms, she makes the case for bodywork and yoga as helpful compliments or even alternatives to traditional talk therapy.
Katiuscia Gray, LCSW is a certified yoga teacher (500hr) and psychotherapist. She graduated from Adelphi University in 2006 with an MSW and received a yoga certification in 2018. In 2019, she became a certified clinical child and adolescent anxiety treatment professional (CCATP-CA). She is the owner of Mind Meets Movement Counseling Services, an integrative health practice in Lynbrook, New York. She and her team utilize unique and creative methods to help clients get the most out of their sessions, linking mind and body in the process.