Kristen Acciari, LICSW, CYT

Founder, clinical director, Certified Yoga teacher

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Approach to treatment:

Kristen has an insight-based approach to treatment, centered around understanding the deeper meaning and messages in each individual's presenting symptoms and challenges. Together, you will examine repeating patterns to gain clearer self-understanding and work together to develop new, healthier experiential habits. Kristen believes in the spiritual, creative nature of human beings, and is passionate about helping individuals align with the fullest expression of their unique gifts. 

A long-time practitioner of yoga, Kristen completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2014, and iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher training in 2018, for an additional dimension in her therapeutic work. Kristen pulls from her experiences and training as appropriate to meet each client where he or she is.

 

Theories & interventions:

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Kristen’s approach is influenced by:

  • Psychodynamic therapy

  • Existential therapy

  • Yoga & Meditation

  • Visualization

  • Mindfulness

  • Increased conscious awareness

  • Mind-body connection

  • Expressive arts

  • Gestalt therapy

  • Internal Family Systems

  • Somatic Experiencing

 

Kristen is a great match for you if:

  • You are looking for increased self-understanding

  • You had difficult early life experiences

  • You identify as a highly-sensing person or an empath

  • You tend to put others before yourself

  • You are looking to improve communication in your relationships

  • You want to explore and include spirituality in sessions

  • You are interested in including concepts like energy, consciousness, and universal law

 
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Specialties & expertise:

  • Emotion regulation & expression

  • Self-esteem and acceptance

  • Adolescent and young adult issues

  • Asperger's syndrome

  • Relationship issues

  • Anxiety

  • Mood (Depression, Bipolar)

  • Existential issues/questioning

  • Purpose seeking

  • Life transitions

  • Traumatic experiences

  • Loss of self-connection

  • Personal growth

  • Boundary setting

  • Mindfulness

 
 

Yoga classes with Kristen:

Restorative Yoga (Thursdays 7:00pm-8:00pm): Practice the art of stillness and active surrender as you move through a gentle sequence supported by props to encourage full release into each pose and complete relaxation of the physical body. Each posture is practiced for several minutes, allowing time for deepening, integration, and restoration.

Yoga Nidra (1st Friday every month, 6:45pm-7:45pm): Experience deep rest and self-inquiry. Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, is a state of consciousness between waking and sleep where the body is completely relaxed and the attention is guided to the experience of Being. Participants are encouraged to come into a comfortable position either seated or laying down, supported by props as desired, and are guided through meditation into a state of deep relaxation and restoration. Includes self-reflection exercises, please bring a journal.

Yoga for Trauma: Personalized private sessions available by appointment and taught with special consideration of individual needs by a licensed mental health provider & certified yoga teacher. Yoga for trauma works with gentle movement designed to promote re-connection with a sense of embodiment and emphasizes choice and self-compassion. Contact us for more information.