workshops

 

"When someone says to us, as Thich Nhat Hanh suggests,
"Darling, I care about your suffering," a deep healing begins." -Tara Brach
Deepen your meditation practice, cultivate mindful eating habits, explore your unique gifts
and inner potential through mindful healing workshops and events with me.

 
 
 
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workshop

yoga + meditation in psychotherapy

Special event held at the Center For Love & Light.

AUGUST 24 
9am - 3:30pm
$175 PER PERSON

 
 
We are all just walking each other home.
— Ram Dass
 
 

As we all know and experience, the process of psychotherapy is healing and powerful.  To guide our clients on the transformative journey inward is a tremendous honor.  At times, however, we likely feel the limitations of  talk as the primary modality for working with clients toward healing.  With recent advances in neuroscience supporting the use of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness in the clinical setting, it is the perfect time and opportunity to learn more about how these modalities can be helpful. 

This intensive workshop will outline recent findings in neuroscience and tie them to attachment and interpersonal theories, supporting the use of transformative mind / body / spirit approaches to therapy.  The workshop will be an integration of lecture and experiential exercises, utilizing the wisdom traditions of Buddhist psychology and yogic philosophy, integrated with western neuroscience to ground the practices. 

You'll walk away knowing how, when, and why to use these approaches in clinical settings

THE DAY WILL INCLUDE: 

  • Teachings on neuroscience, attachment theories, interpersonal psychology, and Buddhist psychology to ground the practices 
  • How to set an ethical and safe container in the clinical setting to use these modalities
  • Poses, breath work, sound, and mudras to use for depressive (tamasic) and anxiety (rajas) presentations
  • Applications and resources for addiction, trauma, and couples
  • Experiential, paired practicing, journaling, lecture, and other teaching modalities will be utilized
  • Other forms of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga
  • Resources for further training and certification in this work

PLEASE NOTE: No yoga or meditation experience is required, and adaptations can be made with every activity.  Everything can be done on the cushion, mat, or in a chair.

We each believe strongly in healing using an integration of modalities, all research and evidence based. Through these, we can teach clients to tap into their own natural sources of health and healing from within. Our focus will be on helping clients learn to use their connections to their central nervous system to assess, diagnose, and treat dysregulation through body-based somatic modalities outlined above. It is also a portal for us to do our own work, creating deeper presence with ourselves and allowing a deeper presence as therapists. When we embark on these practices, we have an enhanced life because we begin to possess a different nervous system.  This is fertile ground for sharing profound healing with those clients we serve.

We are both trained in LifeForce Yoga Level 2 with a specialization in Trauma and Mindfully Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).   And, as we have specialized training in addiction/recovery, trauma treatment, couples therapy, and yoga nidra, there will be a focus on these presentations.  Research and teaching will also be drawn from the current works of Dan Siegel, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Tara Brach, Jon Kabat-Zinn (Founder of MBSR), and Amy Weintraub (Founder of LifeForce Yoga).  

WHEN/WHERE:

The event will take place on Friday August 24, 9:00am - 3:30pm.

It is being held at The Center for Love and Light.  This is a gorgeous space in Virginia-Highlands, which includes a reclaimed wood wall, a beautiful water feature, and huge windows opening to a patio and an 11 acre green space with walking trails.  The space is handicap and wheelchair accessible.  This is truly an urban oasis, a hidden gem and a perfect setting for learning!

Address:

The Center for Love and Light
1145 Zonolite Rd NE #10, 
Atlanta, GA 30306

Check out their website for further directions as well as pictures of the space
https://withloveandlight.com

Everything will be taught on the yoga mat and/or chair or whatever you need to be comfortable.  

LUNCH:

We will have beverages, hot and cold, and snacks of all kinds available throughout the day.  We will not be going off site for lunch as that time will be part of the workshop (think mindful eating!)  Please bring your own lunch that doesn’t require cooking/heating up.  We will provide snacks and beverages for lunch and the day.  

THE PRESENTERS:

LENA FRANKLIN, LCSW~ Offering the ancient practices of mindfulness and meditation utilizing a fresh, modern voice is the essence of Lena’s work.  As a Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapist, Meditation Instructor and International Wellness Guide, Lena will teach you that “to journey inward is your highest calling.” Integrating Eastern philosophy with Western neuroscience, Lena’s holistic healing work is grounded in Buddhist Psychology, Mindfulness Meditation, LifeForce Yoga, and Insight Yoga, in addition to psychodynamic foundations. Lena has a mindfulness business based in Atlanta, GA where she sees individual clients, provides mindfulness corporate trainings, teaches personal growth workshops, and guides meditation retreats. Raised in a hybrid Buddhist/Christian household, Lena was introduced to meditation as a young child.  Today, this mindfulness foundation has grown into a deep passion to guide others on a journey toward inner peace, emotional balance, and a felt sense of wholeness. Lena has been featured in various media outlets, including  Atlantan Modern Luxury, New York Times, and World Traveler magazines. 

ALYCE WELLONS, LCSW~ Alyce has been a licensed clinical social worker in Georgia since 1999.  She has maintained a private psychotherapy, supervision, and consultation practice for over 17 years in the Virginia Highlands area of Atlanta.   Alyce sees individuals and couples for short- or long-term psychotherapy. She has experience and training in a number of modalities and areas of psychotherapy.  Her areas of expertise and theoretical focus are attachment, addiction/recovery/relapse, dissociation, interpersonal theory, neurobiology, PTSD, trauma, and related work with individuals and couples.  Alyce also uses mindfulness-based education and body-based techniques for anxiety, depression, relationship issues, recovery, stress related to daily life, and other mental health issues.  She has specialized training in Mindfully Based Stress Reduction and LifeForce Yoga.  In addition to over 17 years of training and experience in the practice of psychotherapy, Alyce believes in the use of respectful humor and laughter as one of the most wonderful and connecting aspects of life, especially in navigating some of the difficult passages we face along the way.

We are also glad to register you for the event by phone.  You an contact  Alyce directly at 404.664.3110 or alycewellons@hushmail.com for questions.  

Your fee of $175.00 will cover all costs for the entire day, including mats, beverages and snacks thru out the day, and a 6 hour CEU certificate approved by the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work. We are limiting the workshop to 30 participants to cultivate a personalized approach to the day, as well as allowing for intimacy and safety in participating in the experiential components.  Dress is comfortable and casual.  Also, layer!

CEU’s: 6 Core CEU’s for social worker, 6 related CEU’s for LPC, LMFT (you are allowed 15 related CEU’s per renewal cycle)

Please contact us for further details and to discuss any questions you may have. 

We extend a warm invite for you to join us for what will feel like your own retreat day while getting CEU’s!

In Gratitude,

Lena + Alyce

Questions?  Contact me directly!