Stacy-Colleen (SC) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Trauma and Substance Abuse Specialist, LifeForce Yoga Practitioner 2 and an RYT 500 Yoga Teacher. She earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women's Studies. After college SC earned a Certification in Chemical Dependency Counseling and went on to obtain her M.S.W. from U.S.C.'s School of Social Work, specializing in Families and Children. She is certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and in the Trauma Resiliency Model Level 2 with a focus on body sensation awareness leading to the release of traumatic energy from the body. She utilizes Attachment Focused EMDR. Her work is also informed by yoga anatomy, philosophy and movement as well as meditation and breath work for trauma, anxiety and depression. She is also certified as a LifeForce Yoga Practioner at the highest level, utilizing techniques such as breathwork, movement, chanting, mudra (hand yoga), Yoga Nidra and meditation therapeutically and in group settings at yoga studies and local nonprofit agencies. SC has completed iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher Training.
SC began her career working with battered women's shelters and rape crisis teams by offering counseling and advocacy to survivors and education to the community. She has worked in treatment centers, training other mental health professionals and facilitating workshops on topics such as family therapy, anger management, substance abuse, and relationships and intimacy. She has extensive experience with adolescents/adults who are in recovery from substance abuse and the family members who are affected by alcoholism/addiction. SC also served as a Clinical Director of a residential program treating homeless youth dealing with identity and orientation issues, taught middle/high school Special Education, and counseled court ordered clients. SC taught graduate students at Phillips Graduate Institute and supervises post-graduate interns. She assists clients in dealing with trauma healing, grief and loss, building self-esteem, improving anger management, communicating more effectively, decreasing substance abuse and conduct problems, and increasing coping skills. Stacy-Colleen uses the lens of the present to look at the past, helping clients heal and enhance their future, working with attachment and corrective experiences of repatterning and EMDR. She participates in a monthly peer consultation group.